Two weeks ago at the Pittsburgh Penguins
Stanley Cup championship parade, veteran forward Bill Guerin
gave a quick speech to the 375,000-plus fans from the stage. The fans greeted the free agent to be with a chant of, "One More Year!"
Guerin got the message and made it official on Monday, signing a one-year contract with the Penguins.
"It was important to stay," Guerin said. "From the day that I got to Pittsburgh after the trade deadline, I felt good there. I felt it was a good spot for me. My family was comfortable there. We're thrilled about it. We had a great experience in the city and we were really hoping this would work out the way it did."
Guerin was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but opted to remain with the Penguins. With the contract out of the way, Guerin and his family plan on making Pittsburgh their home next season and will start looking for their new home.
"Getting it done before agency is huge," Guerin said. "It's just a couple of days but it gives us time to get a head start on preparations, family-wise. Now we can get situated."
Guerin credited Penguins general manager Ray Shero
with getting the deal done quickly and pain free.
"It doesn't always happen like this," Guerin said. "It was awesome dealing with Ray. He made everything really easy and smooth. He was up front and honest and made it a great situation."
"We're happy to have him back," Shero said. "His family wants to be back in Pittsburgh and they're going to move and make Pittsburgh their home for the next year and maybe more. We'll see."
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