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Guerin retires after 18 NHL seasons

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Longtime NHL forward Bill Guerin, unable to land a contract this season, is retiring after scoring 429 goals in 18 seasons with eight clubs.

The Pittsburgh Penguins planned to honor Guerin before their Monday night game against New Jersey. Guerin spent his final 1 1/2 seasons with the Penguins, scoring seven goals in 24 playoff games during their run to a Stanley Cup title in 2009.

Guerin also won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 1995. He broke in with New Jersey during the 1991-92 season.

The former Boston College player scored 25 goals or more eight times, including a career-high 41 with Boston during a 66-point season in 2001-02. He had a career-high 69 points on 34 goals and 35 assists with Dallas in 2003-04.

Pittsburgh did not offer the 40-year-old Guerin a contract this season, and the Philadelphia Flyers declined to sign him after he had a preseason tryout with them. Guerin is expected to take a scouting or administrative position with the Penguins.

Guerin also played with Edmonton, Boston, Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose and the New York Islanders during a career in which he had 427 assists and 856 points in 1,263 games. The Massachusetts native played on U.S. Olympic teams in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Guerin had 26 goals and 31 assists in 95 games with Pittsburgh over parts of two seasons after being dealt by the Islanders at the March trading deadline in 2009. Last season, he had 21 goals and 24 assists in 79 games, mostly playing on Sidney Crosby's line.

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