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Report: Roberts won't re-sign with Pittsburgh

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TSN.ca Staff
6/24/2008 9:49:16 AM
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Forward Gary Roberts intends to continue his NHL career next season, but it doesn't look like he'll do so in Pittsburgh.

According to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roberts' agent Rick Curran said his client would decide his future when he reaches unrestricted free agency on July 1.

"He very much enjoyed his time there," Curran told the Post-Gazette. "But he understands that Ray [Shero, the Penguins' general manager] has a number of items on his agenda that would take priority."

Roberts was paid $2.5 million last season and the Penguins have a bunch of players including Evgeni Malkin that they would like to lock up long term, meaning that type of money would not likely be available to Roberts again.

Roberts only played in 38 games last and recorded three goals and 12 assists.  He missed most of his games because of a broken leg and an ankle sprain.  He wants to show that he can stay healthy next season according to Curran.

"He had a real good experience there, and he's glad that he came," Curran told the Post-Gazette. "But he's going to look for opportunities somewhere else."

The Penguins, who advanced to the Stanley Cup final last season acquired the 42-year old Roberts from the Florida Panthers in 2007 for defenceman Noah Welch.

 

Gary Roberts (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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