November 7, 2010
We're now 15 games into the season and after spending most of his ice time next to Evgeni Malkin, Mark Letestu and Sidney Crosby on separate lines, Comrie has only produced five assists. He's had numerous opportunities to notch his first goal of the season ... solid goal scoring chances and he's only managed 1.5 shots/game.
Given that the Penguins are in the midst of some struggling and the situation on the wings is always a testy subject, isn't it time for a Bill Guerin return to the 'Burgh?
Guerin spent the past season and a half playing alongside Crosby and in 95 regular season games, the old man put up 26 goals and 57 points. Guerin's 21 goals last season tied him with Jordan Staal for third-best on the team. Factor in that he's an incredibly good presence in the locker room, able to keep things loose when times get tough (like this current stretch) and well, he can score goals, the move would work.
With little room under the salary cap and the fact that we're nearing the quarter-pole of the NHL season and no team has offered Guerin a deal, you'd think Shero could get him cheaply; maybe not as cheap as Comrie, but something that won't hamstring the Penguins if they wanted to make another trade deadline move.
Guerin, seeing his career ending in the not-so-distant future, would get one (or two) last chances to win another Stanley Cup and the Penguins would get a winger who's clicked with Crosby and is certainly a better option right now than Comrie, even if he turns 40 years old this Tuesday.
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