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Bill Guerin traded to Pittsburgh Penguins for conditional pick

Bill Guerin

New York Islanders



Nov 09, 1970

G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Bill Guerin 16 20 36 -15 63

Lighthouse Hockey looks back on Guerin's days on the island.

The Penguins worked out a trade with the New York Islanders today to bring NHL veteran winger Bill Guerin to Pitt in exchange for a conditional pick.  (Fifth round pick if the Pens don't make the playoffs, fourth round if they do, third round pick if they go past the first round).  Needless to say, Islanders fans may be on the Pittsburgh bandwagon for that fact alone.

Just because he's not the best player in your fantasy pool doesn't mean Guerin will be a dud in Pittsburgh.  Admittedly I was a bit disappointed at first when I heard the Pens traded for him, but when I saw what they gave up there's no way they lose in this deal.

The guy's obviously chock full of experience and grit.  Makes you wonder where Dan Bylsma is going to fit him into the equation.  A lot of speculation would lead you to believe he'll fill in as Sidney Crosby's winger.  However I wouldn't be surprised if he took a second line role with Malkin/Sykora or on the third with Staal/Kunitz (less likely).

All season long we've talked about Pitt's lack of veteran leadership in the locker room.  Now they have it just in time for a serious playoff push, and a serious one at that.

Pittsburgh is his eighth city in 17 seasons.

What do you think of the move?