The Penguins’ young talent may draw much attention around the NHL.
However, their veteran leadership is pretty good, too.
It was bolstered Friday when the Penguins re-signed Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts.
“I am very excited. It worked out well,” Recchi said. “When you’re making a decision, you want to do what’s right. Ultimately, it comes down to having a chance win and help and be successful. We believe this team is going in the right direction and this is why we made this decision.”
Recchi capped his 18th NHL regular season by appearing in all 82 games for the Penguins in 2006-07.
The veteran winger was productive, too. He finished third on the Penguins in scoring with 24 goals and 44 assists for 68 points. He has reached the 20-goal mark for the 15th time in his career. He has scored 20 or more goals in the last seven-straight seasons.
He ranked second on the team in power-play points with 27. His 14 man-advantage goals also ranked second on the Penguins. He added 13 power-play assists.
It was a milestone season as Recchi reached 500 career goals, 800 career assists, 1,300 career points, 1,300 career games played and recorded his seventh career hat-trick
He scored his 500th career goal on Jan. 26 at Dallas and tallied his seventh-career hat-trick on Jan. 20 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in his 1,300th career NHL game on Jan. 16 vs. the New York Islanders and recorded his 1,300th career point on Jan.7 vs. Tampa Bay. He notched his 800th career assist on Dec. 15 against the Islanders.
Recchi continues to climb the Penguins all-time lists as well. His 376 points rank 11th in history, while his 152 goals are tied for 10th. He is tied for seventh with 21 game-winning goals and 59 power-play goals.
Meanwhile, Roberts had an immediate impact when the joined the Penguins from Florida at the NHL trading deadline last season.
Roberts tallied 13 points in 19 games after coming to Pittsburgh, with seven goals and six assists. He also made his presence known with 26 penalty minutes. He also dealt 45 hits in his limited time with the team.
Prior to joining the Penguins, Roberts had 29 points (13+16) and 71 penalty minutes in 50games with the Panthers.
In the postseason, he tied for second on the team in scoring with four points (2+2) in five games.
On and off the ice, Roberts brings leadership and a solid work ethic to a young Penguins squad. He and Recchi are the only players on the Penguins roster to have won a Stanley Cup championship.
“He was a big part of our team success when he came here,” Recchi said. “The last 19 games, he was a big part of it. For us to keep moving forward, we need a guy like him around. He’s a great leader and player. We’re extremely excited to keep this going forward.”