For a while in October, Bill Guerin was a talking point among the Montreal media and Canadiens fan base. He was a free agent and the Canadiens seemed to have a hole in one of their top two forward lines. Guerin’s name was front-and-centre mainly because he was the only available free agent that came close to filling the perceived needs of the team.
While there was on-the-street speculation, I’m not sure the name of a 40-year-old right winger with diminished playing capacity came up very often in the Canadiens front office.
In any case, after failing at the Philadelphia Flyers training camp in September and waiting for an offer for two months, today Guerin announced his retirement.
He had a good career. Guerin played for eight teams, won Stanley Cups in New Jersey (1995) and Pittsburgh (2009) and scored 856 points including 429 goals in 1,263 games. He also played on Team-USA in three Olympics.
While waiting for a contract offer Guerin was filling his time working as an analyst on Versus’ “NHL Overtime” show.