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Guerin joins Crosby in Pittsburgh at NHL deadline

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The Pittsburgh Penguins added forward Bill Guerin from the New York Islanders on Wednesday for a conditional draft pick, once again landing a linemate for superstar Sidney Crosby.

Olli Jokinen, Mikael Tellqvist and Petteri Nokelainen also changed hands before the NHL's trading deadline.

Guerin, 38, once was one of the NHL's top power forwards and was the Islanders' second-leading scorer with 16 goals and 20 assists in 61 games.

Jokinen, from Finland, was sent from Phoenix to Calgary along with a third-round draft pick in exchange for forwards Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a conditional first-round pick.

The Coyotes also sent Swedish goalie Tellqvist to Buffalo for a fourth-round draft pick and made another deal that got them forward Scottie Upshall and a second-rounder from Philadelphia in exchange for forward Daniel Carcillo.

Boston traded Nokelainen to Anaheim, getting defenseman Steve Montador from the Ducks.

The Bruins also got Mark Recchi, but had to give up Latvian forward Martins Karsums, defenseman Matt Lashoff and a second-round draft pick.

Columbus sent goalie Pascal Leclaire and a second-rounder to Ottawa, getting forward Antoine Vermette for the eighth-year franchise's first playoff push.

The last-place Colorado Avalanche found themselves selling, rather than buying, at the deadline this season. They sent defenseman Jordan Leopold to Calgary for blueliner Lawrence Nycholat, forward Ryan Wilson and a second-round pick.

Pittsburgh, which lost the Cup finals to Detroit in six games last year, once again found itself in need of a linemate for Crosby.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero landed one of the best forwards available in Guerin and can only hope this deal has an impact close to that of his last-second deal for forward Marian Hossa last year.

Hossa later turned down a long, lucrative contract offer from Pittsburgh to sign a one-year deal with Detroit, and the Penguins have been searching since for a replacement talented enough to play alongside Crosby, who is third in the league in scoring.

Guerin, like Hossa last season, is in the final year of his contract - he is making $4.5 million - and is likely to remain with Pittsburgh only until the season ends.

The draft pick the Islanders receive is contingent upon how far the Penguins advance in the playoffs, if they reach them. The Penguins are eighth in the Eastern Conference, tied with the New York Rangers at 72 points going into Wednesday night's games. Carolina is one point back.

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