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08-13-2012, 07:07 PM
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The big, aggressive Reekie would appear in 104 games over 4 years with the Sabres. He was already developing a reputation for
an uncanny sense of perfect defensive position
that was usually reserved for veterans. However a serious knee injury really slowed his progress, as it cost him most of the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
The Sabres traded Reekie to the New York Islanders prior to the 1989-90 season where he would play 3 seasons mostly in the National Hockey League. In that time he quietly
impressed as a penalty kill regular
. His combined +45 rating over three years convinced the Tampa Bay Lightning to select him in the 1993 expansion draft.
Reekie would spend almost two seasons in the Florida sunshine before finding a home in Washington. From 1994 to 2002 Reekie served as a top four defender. He was
often used against the other team's top players because of his strength and seemingly flawless defensive positioning
. He was
smart and tough
, although that brought inevitable injuries that slowed him. Regardless, he always
played with a subtle savvy
that I always admired, as well as with a tough and physical, yet clean, presence.
The highlight of Reekie's career came in 1998 when he was a big part of the Capitals march into the Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately the Detroit Red Wings handled the Capitals to deny Reekie a Stanley Cup championship.
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