Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Penguins Acquire Gary Roberts

A bit of a switch today as we'll focus on the Trade Deadline and some of Sidney Crosby's new teammates.

From TSN.ca
Gary Roberts has waived his no-trade clause with the Florida Panthers and has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenceman Noah Welch.

"He waived the no-trade portion of his contract, he waived that last night," Roberts' agent Richard Curran confirmed.

Roberts is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Panther forward was told by General Manager Jacques Martin on Monday morning after practice that the club had found a trade it deemed acceptable and all that was required to consummate the transaction was Roberts waiving his no-trade clause.

Roberts had made it abundantly clear that he would only waive his no-trade clause for a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs or Ottawa Senators.
Well, I guess the chance to play for Sid and a true playoff contender changed his mind, eh?

Welch, 24, had 2 points in 22 games this year. He was a 2nd round pick of the Pens a few years back.

Roberts? He has 29 points in 50 games this season. He might be 40, but he's also the ultimate playoff warrior. For a Pens team needing some grit and experience, he'll be a good pickup.

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