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27 February 2007

Roberts for Welch seems like a done deal

After many reports yesterday and an update from TSN's Bob McKenzie this morning, the Pittsburgh Penguins (according to Sportsnet) have acquired veteran forward Gary Roberts for young defenceman Noah Welch and that the deal is done.

Roberts has 13 goals and 16 assists this season for a total of 29 points and hosts a +5 rating.

Roberts' agent reports that his client has waived his no-trade clause and has accepted a trade to Florida after discussing it intently with his family yesterday.
The agent expects an annoucement later today...

This is a very good move on both teams, Gary Roberts has that offensive touch mixed in with a seasoned veteran mindset and on top of it, with a lot of playoff experience.

The Penguins haven't made the playoffs in a while and it'll be interesting to see in what way Roberts will contribute.

Heading the other way is young highly touted defenceman Noah Welch, who's been up-and-down this season between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

He has 1 goal and 1 assist and is +1 in 22 games with Pittsburgh this season.

After a great finish to last season (3 points in 5 games); the Penguins figured Welch would improve on that, however, he dissapointed with just 2 points.

The Panthers hope Welch can score like he has in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season with 6 goals and 15 assists for a total of 21 in 27 games and posts a cool +8.

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