Okay, so maybe I was right about Welch.
or maybe I was just lucky. But I was the first to point to Welch as the potential guy to be traded. Pats himself on back and wonders can I maybe someday be recognized for my talents... maybe even a promotion to the ECHL from Jr. A?. Even if its just a cup of coffee in the pro's, a little Naserdine experience never hurt.
(for those of you who are not insightful, that was a poor attempt at humor... hey, no coffee yet)
But really, I could not be happier with this deal. Welch has not been used much yet, so the Pens are not losing anything short term. They Pens have Naser in the wings, and some up and comers in jrs/college. Welch will be missed, but Roberts really adds some missing elements to this team.
Penspal wrote:Gary Roberts... winger, intense, strong, hard nose, very fit, experienced playoff player.
All things the Pens need, but I hate to give up
EC (wicked shot, sure thing on shootout, offensive upside)
DM (great speed, puck control, defence, offensive upside)
I hate to say it, but Malone or Thorburn are the only two guys I would mind in this trade. And with Malone, he continues to show just enough spark to make me think there is so more that can be developed. Malone has been playing much better along the wall, and his PK has picked up. EC, hmmmm, I'm not sure if he is tough enough for a long playoff stretch, talent is not in question, that shot.... hate to see it go)
I would love to see Roberts in a Pens uni, but I'm reserving judgement on what the Pens will give up. Any rumors yet as to who? Who was not at practice.... Anyway see a dman called up from WBS, might mean its a defenseman. Welch traded maybe?