PITTSBURGH (AP) -The Penguins' two oldest players are returning for one more season.
Gary Roberts, 41, and Mark Recchi, 39, agreed to one-year deals Friday.
General manager Ray Shero had said he hoped to keep both veterans on a team with a nucleus of young stars including NHL MVP Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin and Jordan Staal.
"Mark and Gary are talented veteran forwards who can provide essential experience and leadership to our young team," Shero said. "They made significant contributions last season, both on and off the ice, and we're looking forward to having them back in 2007-08."
Agent Rick Curran, who represents both players, did not immediately return a message left at his office Friday afternoon. Recchi earned $2.28 million last season, and Roberts $2.25 million.
The Penguins acquired Roberts at the trade deadline last season for defenseman Noah Welch. Roberts had 13 points in 19 regular-season games with Pittsburgh.
Recchi, an 18-year veteran, played in all 82 games with the Penguins last season, scoring 24 goals and 44 assists, including his 500th career goal and 800th career assist.