Thread: Value of: Gary Roberts
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06-06-2008, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ilovehockey View Post
If Pittsburgh is going to sign Roberts it could very well be the Recchi and Leclair situation all over again. They will try to get rid of him but can't by midpoint next season. Sometimes your better letting a guy go then waiting for him to go away.

Recchi's hands died. Since that was his main asset, he became useless.

Leclair in his time, was great in front of the net and could score some goals. Since he wasn't able to do that any more, he became a waste too.

Roberts style of play makes him worthwhile even on the fourth line. In fact, that's where he was during the finals. Neither Leclair or Recchi belong on the bottom two lines of any team. Their talents just aren't well suited to that role. Roberts is always going to be a beast when it comes to playing the body and playing with energy, the two main attributes you're looking for in a 4th line player. He also brings a fair amount of leadership too and contributes in the locker room. That's something that Recchi and Leclair were way too selfish to be able to do themselves.

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