Penguins acquire C Guerin

TORONTO (TICKER) —After several days of speculation, Bill Guerin finally has a new home.

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday acquired the veteran right wing from the New York Islanders for a conditional draft pick.

The 38-year-old Guerin was removed from the Islanders’ lineup prior to Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, fueling speculation that he would be traded.

“(Guerin) was really excited and ready to go,” Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero said. “I think he was obviously anticipating something. But when he found out it was Pittsburgh, he was very excited about the ability to play with the group here.”

“I’m excited,” Guerin said. “It’s a great opportunity to be part of a young, successful team. They’re playing their best hockey of the year right now. They’ve got great talent.”

Guerin, who agreed to waive his no-trade clause, is joining his eighth team in a 16-year career.

“Billy brings that veteran presence,” Shero said. “He’s a right winger with a right shot, and he can still skate. I talked to him this afternoon after the trade and I told him what I was expecting of him. He’s a goal scorer. Billy Guerin can play with good players and score goals - he’s certainly done that in the past. I think we have the players for him to play with and support him.

“He has size. We wanted to get bigger and we wanted to get a little bit stronger up front and I believe that’s a good fit. Hopefully it’s a good move for both of us.”

Guerin signed with the Islanders as a free agent prior to the 2007-08 campaign. In 61 games with New York this season, he recorded 16 goals and 20 assists.

“The entire Islanders organization has the utmost respect for Bill Guerin and we sincerely thank him for his time on Long Island and as the team’s captain,” New York general manager Garth Snow said.

The Massachusetts native now goes from the NHL’s worst team to one that reached the Stanley Cup Finals last season. The Penguins are battling for a postseason berth in 2008-09.

Guerin won his only Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.


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Updated Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009