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Sharks Acquire Forward Bill Guerin From St. Louis

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired right wing Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for left wing Ville Nieminen, prospect Jay Barriball and a first round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, previously acquired from the New Jersey Devils.
 
The 14-year NHL veteran departs the Blues leading the team in points (47), goals (28), power play goals (7), game winning goals (6) and shots (189). He notched his seventh career hat trick on Feb. 13 against the Sharks in San Jose. His is currently tied for 21st in the NHL in goals.
 
“I’m thrilled,” said Guerin. “I am really excited about it, This is one of those teams that was on my radar. I am very happy to be going there.
 
“You have certain expectations and places that you want to go so it was easy (to waive the no trade clause). In the end, the chance to get in the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup, that’s what you want. When it was presented to me, it was a no-brainer.”
 
Guerin, 36, has posted 710 points (356 goals, 354 assists) in 1010 career NHL games with St. Louis, Dallas, Boston, Edmonton and New Jersey.
 
Among all U.S.-born players in NHL history, Guerin ranks eighth in goals, 28th in assists and 21st in points.
 
In addition, Guerin has made 11 appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering 48 points (28-20=48) in 96 games. The Wilbraham, Massachusetts native won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, posting 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 20 games, including three assists in the series-clinching win against Detroit.
 
Guerin appeared in his fourth career All-Star Game this season (2006, 2004, 2003, 2001), where he posted two assists and a +4 plus/minus rating. He also has represented the United States at the Winter Olympics in 2006, 2004 and 1998 and at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2002.
 
He was originally selected by New Jersey in the first round (5th overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.
 
Nieminen was acquired by the Sharks last season from the New York Rangers. In 30 games this season, he posted two points (one goal, one assist) and 14 penalty minutes. The native of Tampere, Finland has 117 points (48 goals, 69 assists) in 371 career games with Colorado, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Calgary, the New York Rangers and San Jose.
 
Barriball was selected by San Jose in the seventh round (203rd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently playing for the University of Minnesota as a freshman with 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists).
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