Saturday, June 28, 2008

Pens trade rights to Malone and Roberts to Tampa Bay

So the Pens traded the negotiating rights to Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts to Tampa Bay today for a fourth round draft pick. The fourth round pick is Dallas' that was previously obtained by Tampa Bay. If the Lightning sign Ryan Malone, the Pens will get their third round draft pick. You can read the whole article and Ray Shero's comments on the Pens site here, and on the Trib here.

It's good that the Pens were able to get something out of this since we all knew that both of these guys were gone July 1st anyway. We're definitely going to miss both of these guys though. Ryan Malone for his grit and his personality, Gary for his leadership and overall cult status. It's just not going to be the same without either of them. We wish them the best of luck wherever they end up. We just hope we don't have to face them too often wherever they go.

Today's random YouTube is a tribute to Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts. We'll always remember you taking that puck to the face and still returning for your team Ryan. And the second is a song dedicated to Gary Roberts. Best of luck guys.

In Steelers news, Najeh Davenport has been released by the team. After signing free agent running back Mewelde Moore and drafting Rashard Mendenhall, Davenport became expendable. The Steelers have 82 players on their roster and can't take more than 80 to training camp, which starts in Latrobe on July 27th. You can read the article at the Trib here.

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