Bill Guerin’s days with the Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be over. The 39-year old winger has spent most of the off season on the Penguin’s back burner, until earlier Thursday when TSN’s Darren Dreger confirmed over Twitter that Guerin would not be brought back into the fold in Pittsburgh. Guerin earned $2 million last season with Pittsburgh, after signing a one-year deal following their Stanley Cup winning season in 2008-09.
Guerin has expressed interest in playing for one more season. He has spent time with eight different NHL clubs, while picking up Stanley Cup rings in both Pittsburgh and New Jersey. Penguins’ general manager Ray Shero brought Guerin to the club at the 2009 trade deadline from the New York Islanders. Guerin notched 15 points in 24 playoff games for the Pens during the march to the Cup, and finished with 21 goals and 24 assists in 78 games for the 2009-10 season.
In 1263 career NHL games, Guerin has totaled 429 goals and 427 for 856 points. Ever the rugged winger, Guerin has also compiled 1660 career penalty minutes. His services may still be sought after as a veteran presence for an NHL club. Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien cited St. Louis as a potential fit for Guerin, where he could play the role of “old man who scores on the powerplay.” Not a bad gig, but we’ll see what the future holds for Bill Guerin.