PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Former Penguin Gary Roberts was once a trade deadline acquisition for the Pens that helped them reach the Cup Finals, and he’s still keeping an eye on his old team as they load up once again for a Cup run.

Roberts talked with Joe Starkey of Starkey, Miller and Mueller about the job General Manager Ray Shero has done at bringing in the right players.

“Ray Shero once again finds a way to improve his hockey club at this time of year and bring in guys that he believes are going to give him an edge in (the) playoffs,” said Roberts.

Roberts played against new Penguins Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, and gave us a breakdown of what each player brings to the table.

The former Penguin also talked about what it was like joining the team at the trade deadline and the concerns a player in his situation might have.

“There’s a bit of an adjustment for sure for both the players coming in and the players that have been there all season,” Roberts said.  “And at first I’m like, what’s it going to be like going to a team in February when you haven’t been there all year through the battles. It was such a pleasant surprise to come to Pittsburgh to be part of that team.  I think I was there for about two weeks, and I felt like I had been there the whole season just because they were so welcoming.  The fans were wonderful, the city of Pittsburgh is the best sports town in the U.S. for me”

Things wrapped up with Roberts talking about what got him into becoming a trainer and what he tells his athletes they need to focus on both on and off the rink in order to stay healthy and in shape.

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