Report: Pittsburgh Penguins fans should wave goodbye to Bill Guerin

billguerincelebrates.jpgWhen the Pittsburgh Penguins traded peanuts for Bill Guerin during the ’09 trade deadline, I must admit that I barely batted an eye. After all, if Guerin couldn’t get it done with Joe Thornton passing to him in a previous trade deadline, why would he be productive with an even grayer beard?

Instead, Guerin was a great fit in Pittsburgh. While I occasionally remember grumbling as he fumbled the odd powerplay scoring chance, he scored a career-high 15 points in one playoff run during their 08-09 Cup year riding shotgun with Sidney Crosby. He also managed to score 21 goals and 45 points in 09-10.

Well, despite bringing grit, veteran leadership and a rare right handed shot, Darren Dreger reports that the Penguins won’t employ Guerin in 10-11.

The Penguins have informed Bill Guerin he won’t be brought back. Someone else will benefit from his experience.

One team that could make a bit of sense for Guerin could be the St. Louis Blues. The team has plenty of cap space (more than $14 million with 22 roster spots covered) and wouldn’t need to spend much to bring in the steady goal scorer. Guerin could slide in nicely to retired American forward Keith Tkachuk’s place as the “old man who scores on the powerplay.”

Blues or not, Bill Guerin will not be a Penguin next season. With Guerin and Sergei Gonchar gone this summer, the Penguins probably won’t need to invest in much Just for Men in 10-11.

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    Avs unveil new third jerseys

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    The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.

    Having already released jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled their new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.

    (Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)

    These new thirds won’t come as a huge shock, however. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.

    Colorado will debut its new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.

    Related: Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

    Report: Escrow set at 16 percent

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    Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?

    Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

    With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.

    That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.

    Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.

    Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.

    Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith