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 MCKENZIE: ROBERTS LOOKING FOR ONE MORE CHANCE

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PostSubject: MCKENZIE: ROBERTS LOOKING FOR ONE MORE CHANCE   Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:21 pm

MCKENZIE: ROBERTS LOOKING FOR ONE MORE CHANCE
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http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/bob_mckenzie/?id=269564

Gary Roberts is hoping his NHL career isn't over, that it doesn't end like this, perhaps going unclaimed on the waiver wire.

But the 42-year-old veteran left winger has been around long enough to know that if he isn't claimed by an NHL team by noon Wednesday there are no guarantees.

"I've never been on waivers before," the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. "It's a first for me. I hope this isn't how it ends."

Roberts knows his contract is working against him. Because there is no performance bonus cushion this year, Roberts' salary counts as a $2.42 salary cap hit, with a bonus of $10,000 for every game he plays.

Roberts was hopeful of perhaps finishing his career with the same team he started it with – the Calgary Flames – but it remains to be seen if the numbers add up for Calgary. Roberts' team from last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are in Tampa tonight, although Roberts has been told he won't be in the lineup until the Lightning see what happens tomorrow at noon.

Calgary is going through a tough time with injuries. Todd Bertuzzi is the latest to go down. He has a lower-body injury that, sources say, is likely to keep him sidelined for about three weeks. He joins Rene Bourque and Daymond Langkow as front-line Flames' forwards who are out with injuries. They are expected to be back before the playoffs, but the Flames may need some short-term help.

Roberts was a little miffed that the Lightning didn't tell him he was being put on waivers – he found out when contacted by his brother in Toronto – but now only wants to get an opportunity to finish what he has already determined is his last NHL season.

"I am feeling good," Roberts said. "I've worked hard to get healthy and fit and I feel like I can still contribute. I would love to play for a team that is going to be the playoffs and do whatever they ask of me. We'll see what happens."

The Lightning had been talking to teams about trading Roberts but just decided to put him on waivers and allow anyone with an interest to put in claim. If he isn't claimed by noon tomorrow, there's still a three-hour window where he could conceivably be traded.

The Lightning may be fairly busy at the deadline but only involving depth players slated to be unrestricted free agents.

Sources say no one has called lately on Vincent Lecavalier and the Lightning have told teams they are not trading Martin St. Louis.

It is likely veteran Mark Recchi will be dealt. Recchi is currently scheduled to play tonight against Pittsburgh but that could change over the course of the day. It is possible centre Jeff Halpern could be moved as well and although defenceman Marek Malik is day-to-day with an ankle injury, he could also be traded.
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PostSubject: Re: MCKENZIE: ROBERTS LOOKING FOR ONE MORE CHANCE   Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:21 pm

I would take Gary Roberts in a freakin heart beat!!! He has so much leadership, his presence alone in the dressing room can make a team better as a whole. Now Bob Gainey has to get this guy because it just makes sense. He's a soldier who takes the beatings and goes a 100% every shift. Bob if your reading this haha, get GARY ROBERTS ASAP.
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