Kukla's Korner Hockey
Entries with the tag: bill guerin
From Mac Engel at the Toronto Star:
“I learned a big lesson: It’s not a partnership. It’s their league, and you are going to play when they want,” he said.
Today, Guerin has hindsight and his experience serves as a giant caution to any player who thinks losing a game, much less an entire season, to this lockout is a good idea. His message is simple: Get what you can; start playing; you are not going to win what you think.
“It is not worth it to any of them to burn games or to burn an entire year. Burning a year was ridiculous,” Guerin said. “It wasn’t worth me giving up $9 million a year, or 82 games plus the playoffs, then having a crappy year and being bought out. ... Guys in the NBA making $15 million or however much better think long and hard about this.”
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Billy Guerin today announced his retirement as an NHL player – and, symbolically, he is retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin.
Guerin, 40, played 18 NHL seasons for eight teams, recording 429 goals and 427 assists for 856 points and winning two Stanley Cups.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound right winger played 95 games with the Penguins over the final two seasons of his career and was an essential part of the team’s 2009 Stanley Cup championship after being acquired at the March trading deadline.
“We were only here a short time but my family and I developed such a deep connection to the city, the team and the fans,” Guerin said. “It was amazing. From ownership and Ray Shero to the coaching staff and trainers, from my teammates to the arena workers to the people in the stands, they all treated us in such a first-class manner. It was an extremely positive experience. We all agree that retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin is the perfect thing to do.”
Guerin also played for the New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders in a career that spanned from 1991-92 through 2009-10. He broke in with the Devils and won a Stanley Cup there in 1995.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
People are always saying, ‘Some team is going to need you come this time or that time,’” Guerin said. “I’m just taking it bit by bit. I don’t really have a timeline. If a day comes and I feel I’ve waited long enough, that’ll be it. If somebody calls, I’ll definitely listen to anything. Whether I jump at anything, that’s a different story. I’ve learned in this business to never say never.”
I still think Guerin can help a team in need. His kind of experience doesn’t grow on trees. His voice in the dressing room can settle down a team in panic. But there haven’t been any phone calls of late.
“We really haven’t had anything for 2-3 weeks. We’re just kind of letting it sit,” Guerin’s agent, Bob Murray, told ESPN.com on Thursday morning. “We haven’t actively pursued anything of late.”
So Dustin Boyd is on waivers, much to Jacques Martin’s surprise (based on his comments to the media…the questions seemed to catch him off guard), and Max Lapierre is apparently the latest to audition for the second line left wing spot.
Because, let’s be honest, after four or five years as a checker/pest/grinder, it makes perfect sense that Maxime Lapierre can now be a contributing second liner.
As the Habs continue to try and fill that top six spot, is there a move afoot? It seems odd that Boyd was suddenly waived, especially after Lars Eller was a healthy scratch. Could Aaron Palushaj or Max Pacioretty be on their way up to the big club? Could a trade be in the works? Are the Habs going to take my advice and reach out to free agent Bill Guerin, or perhaps Owen Nolan? As of this evening, the Team 990’s Tony Marinaro, who had Guerin as a guest on the radio earlier today, said Guerin had not received a call from Montreal (though he’d love to play for the Habs…although I suspect he’d just like to play, period).
“No matter what, I know I want to stay in the game in some way, shape, or form. This is what I do, right? I mean, it’s what I’ve done all my life. I think I was born for it. I’ve been educated in it. So I don’t think I’m going to stop and do something different.’’
-Bill Guerin, an unrestricted free agent.. Read more on Guerin from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe. Other hockey topics are mentioned too.
Veteran Bill Guerin, who had been skating with the Flyers on a tryout, was released by the team, he told CSNPhilly.com in a text message.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Bill Guerin’s final preseason audition for a roster spot didn’t go exactly as planned. Guerin wrapped up his tryout with a team-worst minus-4 performance in the Flyers’ 9-3 shellacking at HSBC Arena last night.
“I think in the end, maybe I didn’t have the best of preseasons,” Guerin said. “I did what I could. But I feel that they know what I can do and what I can bring.”
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News,
Free agent Bill Guerin has decided to accept an offer to tryout with the Flyers, Guerin told the Daily News.
A Flyers source has confirmed that Guerin would attend camp on a tryout, beginning when the team officially reports on Friday afternoon for physicals.
Guerin, 39, has been informally working out at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees with other veterans since Sept. 1.
On a tryout, Guerin can still elect to leave and sign with any other team.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
Veteran right wing Bill Guerin makes no bones about it—he wants to be a Flyer.
It’s why he was scrimmaging with 30 other players at the SkateZone on Thursday and why he’ll be back on the ice today before the Flyers’ prospects take over the SkateZone for a weeklong camp beginning Sunday.
“Right now I’m just kind of skating and being around the guys,” Guerin told the Courier-Post after a 50-minute scrimmage Thursday. “This is a team I would definitely like to play for, but we’ll see.”
With the start of training camp one week away, the Flyers have 23 players under contract and are just $877,000 below the NHL’s $59.4 million salary cap. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined comment when asked if anticipates offering Guerin a tryout contract.
“He’s in a tough position right now, I understand that,” said Guerin, who has played 17 NHL seasons and will turn 40 in November.
from Craig Custance of The Sporing News,
Unrestricted free-agent forward Bill Guerin confirmed in a text message to Sporting News that he’s skating with the Flyers in Philadelphia, although he said it’s nothing more than that right now.
“I was just in town,” Guerin wrote. “Not hoping for a tryout. Just skating.”
CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio reported that a tryout offer with the Flyers is a possibility, but Guerin’s agent tells Sporting News he’s optimistic he’ll get a contract done for Guerin rather than a tryout.
Pittsburgh.PA—The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with right wing Bill Guerin on a one-year contract, it was announced tonight by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Guerin, 38, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
A veteran of 17 NHL seasons, Guerin played a major role in the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run, contributing seven goals and 15 points in 24 playoff games and providing exceptional leadership on and off the ice.
“We are excited to agree to terms with Billy on this one-year deal,” Shero said. “He made a tremendous impact on this team with his scoring ability, physical play and outstanding leadership and was a key factor in our drive to the Cup. I know our players, coaches and fans will be happy to have him back in Pittsburgh.”
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,
The Penguins don’t have much room under the cap—roughly $8 million— and they have Rob Scuderi, Hal Gill, Fuslan Fedotenko as unrestricted free agents. Guerin earned $4 million last season, and they can’t pay him that. They also (could) be reluctant to give him a multiple-year deal. But I suspect that both the Penguins and Guerin both realize this a a good fit, and this deal should get done.
from Chuck Gormley at NHL.com,
(Bill) Guerin says he could not have landed in a better place, saying the fresh start he’s been given in Pittsburgh has been the perfect elixir for an otherwise painful season.
“Without a doubt I feel young again,” Guerin said of his transfer from the Eastern Conference’s last-place team to one battling to return to the playoffs one year after reaching the Stanley Cup Final. “It’s a great feeling to be here and I feel rejuvenated. To be in a playoff race like this is just what I needed.”...
Suddenly, the aches don’t hurt as bad. Guerin, always the optimist, is experiencing the joy of winning meaningful games.
“I love it,” he said. “We’re winning and the line is doing all right, so it can’t be all bad.”
Having played on some of the best lines in hockey, Guerin said the unit of Crosby, Kunitz and himself reminds him of the success he enjoyed in Edmonton while playing on a line with Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth in the late 1990s.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Slap Shots has learned from well-placed sources that the Rangers were offered Billy Guerin by the Islanders and could have rented the 38-year-old right winger under the same terms as later were found acceptable to the Penguins - a fifth-round draft choice that would become a third with advancement to the East final.
But Sather wanted something else back with Guerin for the fifth rounder, according to one individual familiar with the scenario. Islanders’ GM Garth Snow, who offered Guerin to the Rangers at the captain’s request, rejected that offer. Sather, we’re told, never made a counter-proposal.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
As I write this, Islanders general manager Garth Snow has a little more than 26 hours to put together a deal for Guerin before the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday). If the original team Snow was dealing with Saturday night backs out, then he has to find another one to take Guerin. If he doesn’t, the Islanders will get their leading goal scorer back for the final 19 games of the season.
via Chris Iorfida of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
Pittsburgh, Carolina, Buffalo, Montreal, Florida, Boston and New Jersey all told Hockey Night in Canada they weren’t the teams looking to acquire Bill Guerin, who was scratched before Saturday’s game and didn’t practise with the New York Islanders on Sunday.
The contending teams in the East not on that list are Washington, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia.
from RDS (translated),
Bill Guerin is expected to be traded to the Capitals Sunday, but a problem remains. La formation de Washington a de la difficulté à libérer de l’espace sur sa masse salariale. The formation of Washington is struggling to free up space on its payroll.
Ce dossier est en attente jusqu’à ce que les Capitals trouvent une solution. This file is pending until the Capitals found a solution.
added 12:32pm, from On the Islanders Beat,
The Washington Capitals or Montreal Canadiens may be the top candidates for where Islanders captain Bill Guerin winds up.
Montreal has the salary cap space for the remaining $1 million on Guerin’s contract. Three weeks ago, Washington was capped out.
But since then, the Capitals have placed forward Chris Clark on the long-term injured list, and and sent defenseman Karl Aldner to AHL Hershey, thus clearing about $3 million in cap space.
added 12:51pm, Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider says Guerin not headed to D.C.
added 3:22pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
So, we’re all free to speculate a little longer as this situation drags on today. As I previously reported, Buffalo and Carolina have ample room under the salary cap, and Montreal and the Rangers are a close fit. Washington cleared cap space to pursue a defenseman (Brendan Witt, anyone?), so, it’s possible other capped-out teams, such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh could do the same. Let’s hope for everyone’s sake the answer comes today.
more on the Islanders…
added 3:24pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,
...sources say the Islanders forward now knows who the team is and Guerin and Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow are both waiting for that team to make its final decision to close the deal.
The identity of this mystery team is being concealed in fear the trade will fall apart.
added 7:49pm, via Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
An Islanders official just informed me the team plans no announcements tonight. Nor is there a timeline in which to expect a future announcement. In other words, everything is “status limbo.”
If I get more later, I’ll post it here first.
added 8:35pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources close to Guerin say he is frustrated by the ongoing uncertainty and has done nothing to complicate, or stall the trade from going through.
Guerin and Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow are continuing to wait for New York’s trading partner to sign off on the deal.
The identity of this mystery team is being concealed for fear the trade will fall apart, although speculation continues to point at the Washington Capitals.
Sources tell TSN New York Islanders veteran Bill Guerin is willing to waive his no-move clause to accept a trade if the right opportunity is presented.
Guerin hasn’t asked for a trade, but it’s believed he has discussed his trade potential with Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow and has acknowledged a willingness to consent.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
On a day when Weight and Guerin reminisced about old times with the Edmonton media, the trade winds that have been swirling around Weight flared up again with rumors of a possible deal with Columbus. Weight said he has been told during the course of this road trip that no deal is in the works….
“Well, you cross that bridge when you come to it,” said Weight, who will turn 38 this month. “Right now, I have to get myself playing. I was hurt about two weeks ago, and I haven’t liked how I’ve played since….”
Guerin, 38, has a “no-move” clause in his deal. Asked if he would invoke it, the Isles’ captain said: “Right now, I’m focused on this season. If something like that comes up, we’ll deal with it.”
At the same time, he said no one from the Islanders has approached him about a contract extension. “I haven’t had any discussions yet,” Guerin said. “I don’t know what to expect.”
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Last week, the New York Islanders hosted their fathers on a road trip through Atlanta, Florida and Tampa. Team captain Bill Guerin immediately informed the fathers of their curfew—no one was to be in the team hotel until after 1 a.m.
Defenseman Andy Sutton has been in the NHL a decade, but this is the first time he and his father, Nigel, have shared something like this.
“This is a huge thing. My dad is just like a kid in a candy story. He’s just so pumped. It’s a pretty special thing,” Sutton said.
more plus other NHL talk…
When forward Bill Guerin received the “C” on his new .Islanders jersey last summer, he embraced the opportunity to set the tone in the locker room. Praise for Guerin’s all-inclusive approach has been universal within the organization, but somewhere along the line, he has misplaced his former identity as “goal scorer.”
Guerin’s 14-game scoreless streak ended Wednesday with an assist on Trent Hunter’s tying power-play goal in what became a 4-3 shootout loss to Atlanta. But Guerin still hasn’t found the back of the net with his own shot since Nov. 1, and now he admits to feeling more pressure to lead where it counts most.
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Captain Bill Guerin did not accompany the Islanders to Philadelphia for their game against the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers tonight at Wachovia Center. Guerin was hit in the eye by a puck in Saturday’s home win over the Devils and is suffering from a condition known as hyphema, which is bleeding in the anterior chamber of the eye.
When Guerin was hit by the puck, it caused a blood vessel to burst and essentially turned the eye red and made it difficult to see when he took two brief shifts at the start of the third period. The Islanders described Guerin’s condition as day-to-day while he waits for the swelling around the eye to subside and for his vision to clear.
KK friend Roman at eNHL.cz just contacted me and he believes Guerin set a record last night, scoring a hat trick for six different teams.
Even though Roman’s site is in Czech, you can get a clear picture of some of the stats he produced.
from the New York Times,
“We’ve been a close-knit bunch in a couple of weeks,” Guerin said Wednesday. “That means we’re going to play well on the ice.”
The Islanders’ top line, centered by Mike Comrie with Ruslan Fedotenko at left wing and the 37-year-old Guerin at right wing, was acquired through free agency. Half of the defensive corps was not with the team a year ago.
“I know a lot of faces have changed,” Guerin said. “I don’t think the attitude has.”