In the end, Bill Guerin’s storied leadership abilities and grizzled veteran presence were not enough for him to stick around in Philadelphia. According to multiple reports on Twitter, and CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio, the Flyers have released 39-year old Bill Guerin following a tryout with the club.
Guerin was informed by the Pittsburgh Penguins that he would not be brought back in August, which sparked numerous rumours ranging from potential fits for the veteran to retirement. Guerin opted for another kick at the NHL and began skating with several members of the Flyers prior to the team’s official training camp. Guerin was awarded with an offer to tryout for the club, but failed to win a spot in the end.
As noted by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski early Monday morning, Guerin essentially blew his last chance to impress the Flyers’ management and coaches after a lousy “minus-4 with two shots and 2 PIM in 17:39″ performance in a 9-3 drubbing by the Buffalo Sabres in Sunday’s final pre-season contest.
This leads to the obvious question of ‘what’s next?’ for Guerin. It was clear down the stretch and in the playoffs last season that Guerin had lost a step, but he remained an entirely serviceable veteran that brought a lot of intangibles to the Penguins. Guerin could possibly find some work on a number of injury depleted squads looking to add a veteran, and he’ll come on the cheap. The New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, and Colorado Avalanche are just a few teams that quickly come to mind as potential fits for Bill Guerin, but walking away from the game altogether remains a highly logical possibility given his underwhelming pre-season performance.
Anyway, we’ll keep you posted on the latest developments surrounding the status of Bill Guerin’s career. Until we hear something, here’s reminder that Bill Guerin was tough as nails: