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Guerin landed in deadline deal
Offense bolstered by addition
2/27/07 - By Mike Lee

Bill Guerin
Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson pulled the trigger. In a trade deadline move, Wilson acquired right wing Bill Guerin from the St Louis Blues in exchange for Ville Nieminen, prospect Jay Barriball and the 1st round draft pick dealt to the Sharks from the New Jersey Devils last off season.

Guerin helps provide instant offense to the Sharks, bringing 14 NHL seasons of experience along for the ride. The 36-year-old has played for five other teams, including Dallas, Boston, Edmonton, New Jersey and St Louis.

"I'm thrilled," said Guerin. "I am really excited about it, This is one of those teams that was on my radar. I am very happy to be going there.

"You have certain expectations and places that you want to go so it was easy (to waive the no trade clause). In the end, the chance to get in the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup, that's what you want. When it was presented to me, it was a no-brainer."

After the Blues failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension, they decided to deal him in order to recoup some value. Guerin was presented with the option of moving to San Jose and he waved his no-trade clause in order to play for the contender.

"I think I just have to come in and play my game," Guerin said. "I have to be a good addition to the locker room and help this team make some strides. I'm going to have to bring some experience.

"This is a franchise dedicated to winning. They've got a great core of young players that, hopefully, I can fit in with right away."

The veteran forward also led the Blues in almost offensive category this season, including points (47), goals (28), power play goals (7), game winning goals (6) and shots (189). He's amassed 710 points (356 goals, 354 assists) in 1010 career NHL games.

"A player like this, having this type of year and with Stanley Cup experience, a lot of teams were looking for a guy like this," said Wilson.

Guerin originally hales from the home of the Sharks AHL Affiliate, Worcester, Mass. The 6'2", 210lb winger spoke on a conference call with media on Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled to be in San Jose for the morning skate on Wednesday. He'll get his first opportunity to don the teal Wednesday night against the Nashville Predators at HP Pavilion.

To land Guerin, the Sharks deal Nieminen, a trade deadline acquisition last season. His lone goal this season in 30 games is one of the reasons the Sharks found him expendable. The Fin was a frequent scratch this season after lacking the fire San Jose acquired him for last year.

"These guys (Guerin and Rivet) are leaders and they will fit in with the leaders we have and not cannibalize them," Doug Wilson said. "If you told me that coming out of the trade deadline that we would have these players, I would be pretty happy."

Barriball was seventh round draft pick (203rd overall) in 2006. The University of Minnesota freshman leads the Golden Gophers in scoring this season with 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists).

In other deadline activity, Wilson sent enforcer Scott Parker back to Colorado in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in 2008. Parker's services were limited to 11 games this season, registering 22 penalty minutes and no points. Ice time for the Sheriff was diminished by a series of injuries and limited need for a tough guy.

In 273 career games, Parker has accumulated 623 penalty minutes and 19 points (6-13=19).

Long time goaltending farmhand Nolan Schaefer was also dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a seventh round pick in 2007. Schaefer was getting long in the tooth at 27, and with Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala firmly entrenched on the NHL roster, Schaefer became expendable. 20-year-old Tomas Greiss appears to be the heir apparent to Nabokov & Toskala down the road.


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