Roberts dithers over Sid

Should Gary Roberts follow through and sign the no-trade waiver today, the Florida Panthers are...

Should Gary Roberts follow through and sign the no-trade waiver today, the Florida Panthers are said to be getting young defenceman Noah Welch in return from Pittsburgh. (Sun File/Ernest Doroszuk)

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

Gary Roberts, meet Sid The Kid.

Apparently backing off his stance to accept a trade only to Toronto or Ottawa, Roberts agreed to waive his no-trade clause with the Florida Panthers last night, clearing the way for his trade to the Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins and Panthers had consummated a deal earlier in the day, but had to wait until Roberts could be convinced to rubber stamp the transaction.

Roberts has said all along he would only accept a trade to either Toronto or Ottawa.

Should Roberts follow through and sign the no-trade waiver today, the Panthers are said to be getting young defenceman Noah Welch in return.

The Maple Leafs had made a final pitch with an offer reported to be a second- and fourth-round draft pick and, according to TSN, a young defenceman believed to be either Brendan Bell or Staffan Kronwall.

To his credit, general manager John Ferguson balked at Florida's original request of Alex Steen.

While Roberts appears to be on the move, there were still more questions than answers last night concerning some of the big names on the market heading into today's 3 p.m. deadline.

GUERIN COVETED

The Senators and Leafs are among the teams who have inquired about Bill Guerin, but it's a long list, one that also includes the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings have also shown interest.

For their part, the Blues yesterday had a brief discussion with Bob Murray, Guerin's agent, about re-signing him but no offer was reportedly made.

The Leafs like winger Jamal Mayers, with the Blues are said to be looking for a roster player and second-round pick in return. The Blues ideally would like to re-sign Mayers.

The Ryan Smyth situation might be the most intriguing storyline of the day.

Don Meehan, the agent for the pending free agent, is expected to resume talks with the Edmonton Oilers this morning. If no agreement is reached, there is speculation that Smyth, reportedly seeking at least $5 million US per season as part of a multi-year deal, might be moved.

There do appear to be some reasonable deals to be had out there for depth forwards, a commodity the Leafs are seeking.

The Vancouver Canucks gave up only a conditional second-round pick to Chicago for Bryan Smolinski yesterday while the New York Islanders shipped a second rounder to Washington for Richard Zednik.

Other noteables who might be changing addresses today:Florida's Todd Bertuzzi, Martin Gelinas and Ed Belfour; Buffalo's Martin Biron; the Phoenix Coyotes' Georges Laraque, Owen Nolan and Jeremy Roenick, Yanic Perreault and Curtis Joseph; the Isles' Jason Blake; and even Habs defencemen Sheldon Souray and Andrei Markov.

Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia made a three-way deal last night, leaving Kyle Calder a Red Wing and Jason Williams a Blackhawk.

Vancouver also re-acquired defenceman Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings for conditional second- and fourth-round draft picks.


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