Veteran Roberts willing to move

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Gary Roberts will take one last skate around the Saddledome tonight in what could be an emotional moment.

"Unless I go to another team," the Tampa Bay Lightning winger said yesterday.

"Maybe that opportunity is there. We'll see what happens in the next few days.

"I'm just making sure my game is at a state where I'm ready to play wherever I may end up. That is, if I'm fortunate enough to get that opportunity."

With Wednesday's trade deadline looming, there is a chance Roberts could get scooped up by a playoff-bound team.

Maybe that destination could be the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay's opponent tonight at the Dome (6 p.m., Sportsnet)?

Roberts, 42, isn't sure what will happen and only hopes to get one last chance at a Stanley Cup ring. He will retire for the final time after this season.

A neck injury forced Roberts to retire from the Flames in 1996, but he made a comeback with the Carolina Hurricanes after taking a season off.

"This will be my last retirement," said Roberts, who has four goals in 29 games this season. "When this season's over, it will be it for me. The game's been great to me, and I'm grateful to be playing still. I'm going to enjoy the last days as much as I can."

Roberts could provide depth. Last season, he had two goals and two assists in 11 playoff games as his Pittsburgh Penguins went to the final.

The veteran went from the Panthers to Pittsburgh at the 2007 trade deadline, so he has moving experience. It still doesn't make trade deadline day any easier.

"There's no doubt, whether you are 20 or 40, you are anxious," Roberts said. "You want to know where you will finish the year. You have the family, too. You have to make sure whatever situation you end up in that they are taken care of.

"It's an uneasy day for most players in the NHL. At the same time, it's exciting trying to keep up with what all the teams are doing."


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