Thanks For Everything, Gary Roberts!

Photo appropriately lifted from The Pensblog.

Moment of silence, as Gary Roberts has apparently played his last game for the Penguins.

Although I knew this was bound to happen, what with the tight cap space and all, its still sad to see such a beloved player leave your hometown team. Hell, Jagr played in the ‘Burgh for 11 seasons and left with less tears in the eyes of Pittsburghers than with the departure of Roberts, who played a total of 57 regular season games in the black and gold.

Malkin needs a contract. MAF needs one soon. Orpik should get paid, provided he stays. Gary Roberts is old. I hate myself for trying to justify this, but we need to stay positive. We’re no longer an inexperienced team who needs older wingers to help the kids along. Its time for the young players to step up.

I’m most curious about who will fill that tough, hard-around-the-edges spot on the wing. Roberts is gone. Ryan Malone is likely out the door. If Ruutu is re-signed, could he show the constraint needed to fill that void? Time will tell.

Oh, and sucks to be this dude on Craigslist, tryin’ to sell a Roberts stick in Pittsburgh.

i got an untaped gary roberts stick it is in mint condition…… serious replies only call me 412-969-XXXX we can meet to make deal cash only…..! or feel free to write me.

Good luck, buddy.

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