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PENGUINS TRADE FRANCOIS LEROUX TO COLORADO; LOSE ROBERT LANG IN WAIVER DRAFT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 1997






PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defenseman Francois Leroux to the Colorado Avalanche for a third round pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick.

Leroux appeared in 59 games with the Penguins in 1996-97, registering three assists and 81 penalty minutes. In three seasons with Pittsburgh, he tallied two goals, fourteen assists and 356 penalty minutes in 165 games.

Patrick also announced that center Robert Lang was selected by the Boston Bruins in the NHL Waiver Draft.

Lang was signed by the Penguins as a free agent prior to the opening of training camp. He registered two assists in five preseason games with the Penguins.

The Penguins now have 32 players on their roster. They will practice on Monday and Tuesday at ICEOPLEX at Southpointe from 12pm to 2pm both days. The regular season begins on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7:00pm with a home contest against the Los Angeles Kings.