"He is not optimistic, though, that the NHL lockout will end in time to save any part of the 2004-05 season and allow him to don a Penguins sweater for the first time in 12 years.
Because of that, he has signed a conditional contract with Turku of Finland's elite SM-liiga, one which stipulates that he would join the team immediately after the NHL season is canceled. The deal was arranged with the help of Montreal captain Saku Koivu, a Finn and a good friend from their days together with the Canadiens.
"I've played overseas before in representing Canada, so I know the game over there," Recchi said. "But all I'm thinking about right now is that I hope it doesn't get to that.""