It appears forward Mark Recchi is no longer a wanted man in the NHL.
The veteran forward cleared waivers Wednesday, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins the option of sending him to their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barren/Scranton, Pa., or negotiating a buyout of his $1.75-million US contract.
Recchi, 39, had been a healthy scratch in seven of the last eight games, and did not accompany Pittsburgh on its current road trip through Western Canada.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion and Kamloops, B.C., native has two goals and eight points in 19 games this season.
Recchi has 510 goals and 1,341 points in 1,357 career NHL regular-season games for the Penguins, Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes.