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Pens' GM to meet with Roberts, Recchi's agent

| Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The agent for veteran forwards Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi plans to meet with Penguins general manager Ray Shero during the NHL Draft later this week.

"I spoke with Ray on Monday night and we discussed getting together in Columbus," Rich Curran said Tuesday. "That is likely what is going to happen."

Curran said that neither Roberts nor Recchi has reached terms with the Penguins for the 2007-08 season but that should not be taken as a negative sign -- despite Shero's stated objective to have each player signed by July 1, when they can become unrestricted free agents.

"At the moment, the intent is still to be able to put something together that works for both sides," Curran said. "If we get to July 1 and there is no deal on one or both (players), that just means the door is also open for other considerations.

"But the door in Pittsburgh will remain open after July 1."

Shero extended contract offers to both Roberts and Recchi in late May. Curran described talks with the Penguins as "on again/off again" since then.

Reports out of Canada have speculated that the Ottawa Senators could make a play for Roberts if the Penguins allow him to become a free agent. According to The Ottawa Sun, one reason former Senators general manager John Muckler was relieved of his duties Monday was due to his inability to acquire Roberts at the trade deadline.

The Penguins acquired Roberts from Florida for defenseman Noah Welch. Roberts, who turned 41 on May 23, scored seven goals in 19 regular-season games with the Penguins and tied for the team lead with three playoff goals.

Roberts waived a no-trade clause in his contract with the Panthers to join the Penguins. His daughter lives in Toronto, and Roberts has said proximity to her would be a factor in where he plays.

Recchi, 39, scored 24 goals and recorded 68 points in his third tour of duty with the Penguins. However, he totaled just eight points over his final 23 regular-season games and went without a goal in the playoffs.

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