Where will Bill Guerin land next season?

July, 6, 2010

Bill Guerin was almost out the door and headed for a run when ESPN.com caught up with him Tuesday morning.

There is no question about it: The 39-year-old winger wants to play another season.

"Oh, yeah. I had my workout this morning, and now I'm going for a run," Guerin told ESPN.com. "I'm absolutely going to keep myself in the best shape I can. The older you get, the harder you have to work."

But where will he play next season?

"We've had minimal discussions with Pittsburgh and a few other teams, but nothing too concrete right now," said Guerin, an unrestricted free agent. "I haven't seen a lot of signings in the last couple of days. I think it's a slow market; teams are moving cautiously right now with the salary cap in mind. I'm just trying to be patient and we'll see what happens."

There has been dialogue with Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero since the market opened July 1. "We've talked, but nothing serious," Guerin said.

Yes, Guerin will turn 40 in November. But the old goat keeps producing. He's coming off back-to-back 21-goal seasons and has scored 20-plus goals in four straight seasons. And that's on top of what he does off the ice and in the dressing room. He oozes character and played an important part in the Penguins' Cup championship in June 2009. In a perfect world, Pittsburgh is where he'd like to stay.

But the Penguins are cap-challenged after two terrific signings on the back end in Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek.

"I love Pittsburgh, I love playing there," Guerin said. "I've expressed that to Ray, and he knows that. But he's got a business to run, and I understand that. I've been around this business a long time. I'm not getting too emotional. It's a new world with the salary cap and you have to tell yourself to be patient no matter how hard it gets."

The Pens have not ruled Guerin out. It is believed the team is thinking about moving either Jordan Staal or Evgeni Malkin to wing, after which the decision will be whether to add a third-line center and try to re-sign Guerin or open a spot at wing for some of Pittsburgh's younger wingers. That deliberation continues.

Elsewhere on Tuesday:

• Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was in good spirits Tuesday morning but remained tight-lipped on the Ilya Kovalchuk situation. "Everything is status quo; that's all I'm going to say," the veteran hockey man told ESPN.com at about 9:40 a.m. ET.

• Twitter readers keep asking about Anaheim restricted free agent Bobby Ryan. The latest is not much -- contract talks were still at a standstill as of Tuesday morning. The Ducks' last two offers -- five years, $25 million and four years, $18.4 million ($4.6 million average) -- were as far as the Anaheim front office says it will go. The Ducks say they're ready to sit back and see whether there's an offer sheet from another team, in which case they can match or take the compensation. Stay tuned on this one.

• It's hard to believe Maxim Afinogenov remains unsigned. He's the second-highest point producer on the UFA market behind only Kovalchuk, and he has one of the best agents in heavyweight Don Meehan of Newport Sports. Afinogenov, 30, had 24 goals and 61 points this past season with Atlanta. He can help a team.

• John Madden also remains on the UFA market. ESPN.com was told Tuesday that the 37-year-old center will take his time and wait to see where there's a good fit. He's not going to rush into any decision.

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer




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