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Gary Roberts came over to the Penguins prior to the 2007 trade deadline from Florida. ((Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press))

Veteran forward Gary Roberts won't be returning to the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to his agent.

Agent Rick Curran told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Roberts, 42, was parting with the club amicably.

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

The oldest forward in the NHL, Roberts provided a spark for the Penguins when he played but missed most of the season with a broken leg and high ankle sprain. Roberts scored five goals and 14 assists while playing in 49 of 102 Pittsburgh's regular-season and playoff games.

Curran said Roberts is healthy and wants to continue his NHL career. The Toronto native has 434 goals and 469 assists in 1,194 career regular- season games with Pittsburgh, Florida, Toronto, Carolina and Calgary.

While the Penguins have a bright future after an appearance in the Stanley Cup final, which they lost to the Detroit Red Wings, Shero is looking to lock up young stars Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal to long-term deals.

Forwards Marian Hossa and Ryan Malone have already indicated that they will test the free-agent market come July 1.