Friday, June 22, 2007

Penguins Keep Their Experience

There's some good news in Pittsburgh on Draft Day and it has more to do with some veterans, rather than the prospects for which the day is named for. Both Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi signed 1-year deals reportedly worth $2.5 and $2 million each.

Gary Roberts was acquired at the trade deadline this past season and was leaned upon for leadership and veteran support. His presence will greatly help Sidney Crosby this coming year in learning how to be a captain and also provide some grit in the line-up. He did manage 42 points in 69 games last season, which would make him a good candidate for a late-round selection in your pool.

Mark Recchi did his part in support for the Penguins last season with his 68 points in all 82 games. Recchi came back to the Penguins after winning the Cup with Carolina in 2006 and he also provides some good veteran leadership and a good linemate for the youngsters on the team. It would be fair to assume that his numbers should stay relatively the same in the coming year.

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