Penguins bring back Roberts, Recchi
The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed veteran forwards Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts to one-year deals on Friday.
Roberts signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million US, while Recchi's coming back with a deal that could pay up to $2 million with incentives. Both players were due to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
Roberts, 41, began last season with Florida and prior to the trade deadline allowed the Panthers to pursue deals with a select list of clubs. Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk said earlier this week thatthe team's inability to land Roberts was a disappointment.
He was one of the more energetic Penguins in the team's first-round ouster against Ottawa, scoring two goals and two assists in five games.
Roberts has recorded 431 goals and 457 assists in 1,157 NHL games since entering the league with Calgary in 1986.
Recchi, 39, played in all 82 games for Pittsburgh last season. The Kamloops, B.C., native had 24 goals and 44 assists, and added four assists in five playoff games.
It was the third consecutive season Recchi didn't miss a game.
Recchi has averaged nearly a point a game over 17 seasons in the league, tallying 508 goals and 825 assists in 1,338 games.
Both players provide grit and veteran leadership for a team that is among the youngest in the league. Teammate Sidney Crosby was recently madeteam captain, the youngest in league history.
Roberts won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Calgary Flames in 1989, while Recchi has hoisted the Cup twice — with the Penguins in 1991 and Carolina in 2006.
In other moves Friday, Colorado re-signed Tyler Arnason to a two-yeardeal that will keep him with the team through the 2008-09 season.
The winger, 28,didn't miss a game last season, notching16 goals and 33 assists.
With files from the Canadian Press