Islanders Acquire Conditional Draft Pick For Stretch Run

GuerinThe Penguins today acquired veteran winger Bill Guerin from the Islanders for the exceedingly reasonable price of a conditional draft pick. It’s a 5th round pick if the Pens miss the playoffs, a 4th if the Pens make the playoffs, and a 3rd if an NHL/Versus anti-Devils coup somehow allows the Pens to win a round.

Guerin has posted a pedestrian 16 G, 20 A in 61 GP this season, but you’ve gotta figure he probably didn’t see much power play time on an Islanders club loaded with snipers like Jon Sim and Andy Hilbert. He’s still a competent finisher, he’s a plus locker room guy, he won a Cup (albeit when Batman Forever was still in theaters), and he’s a right-handed shot (I thought the Pens retired “right-handed” to honor Lemieux?) He’s also a free agent at the end of the season, so his cap number will not hamper the team’s efforts to work out a long-term deal with Miro Satan.

The only conceivable downside to this deal is that Ray Shero appears acually capable of drafting NHL players with picks later than 5th overall; if the Pens still had Craig Patrick GMing, trading a 3rd round pick would’ve meant not getting to draft some 11-year-old kid holding a souveneir stick who Greg Malone happened to spot while looking out his living room window with binoculars (aka, the Scouting Department).

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