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Mark Recchi, foreground, had six points against the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup final. ((Getty Images))

After a brief stint with the Carolina Hurricanes, veteranforwardMark Recchi is heading back to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Recchi, 39,signed a contract with the NHL team on Tuesday, bringing him back to Pittsburgh for a third time.

Recchi skated in 63 games last year withthe Penguinsbefore being traded to the Hurricanes just before the playoffs.

Initially he struggled in Carolina, netting just seven points in his first 20 games, but was instrumental in the Hurricanes winning their first Stanley Cup.

Recchi scored seven goals and added nine assists in 25 playoff games, including six points against the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup final.

Recchi is the second high-profile mid-season acquisition to leave Carolina this off-season. The Hurricanes acquired Doug Weight from the Blues in late January to bolster their playoff push, but he has since returned to St. Louis via free agency.

In 1,256 career games with Carolina, Philadelphia, Montreal and Pittsburgh, Recchi has 484 goals and 781 assists for 1,265 points.

Among Tuesday's other moves by non-Canadian NHL teams:

  • New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez was awarded a one-year, $5-million US contract in salary arbitration.
  • The Florida Panthers reached terms with netminder Ed Belfour on a one-year pact reportedly worth $750,000 US plus incentives.
  • The San Jose Sharks inked forward Mark Bell to a three-year contract and defenceman Christian Ehrhoff for two years.
  • The New Jersey Devils signed forward Rod Pelley as well as defencemen Tomas Harant, Mike Mottau and Johnny Oduya.
With files from the Associated Press