Penguins acquire veteran Guerin from Islanders

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The Penguins have acquired veteran right winger Bill Guerin from the New York Islanders.

The Penguins gave up a conditional draft choice for Guerin, one of the most coveted "rental" players available at this year's trade deadline.

The choice is a fifth-rounder, but will become a No. 4 if the Penguins qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs and a third-rounder if they advance to the second round.

Shortly after acquiring Guerin, the Penguins returned right winger Tim Wallace to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.

Guerin, 38, is the Islanders' No. 2 scorer, with 16 goals and 20 assists in 61 games. He is 6 foot 2, 220 pounds and once was regarded as one of the game's premier power forwards.

He needs one point to become the 14th U.S-.-born player to reach 800 in the NHL and on Dec. 26 became the eighth U.S. native to record 400 career goals.

Guerin, who has a $4.5 million salary for 2008-09, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Also today, the Penguins claimed right winger Craig Adams off waivers from Chicago.

Adams is 6 foot and 200 pounds, has two goals and four assists in 36 games with the Blackhawks this season. He will join the Penguins for their game in Florida Thursday night.

Adams, 31, makes $600,000 and also will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Penguins made a number of moves, most of modest impact, before adding Guerin, but the most=2 0surprising was assigning winger Luca Caputi, one of the top prospects in their organization, from their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre to their ECHL farm team in Wheeling for violating unspecified team rules.

Defenseman Jon D'Aversa was sent to the Nailers for the same reason, while forwards Chris Minard and Aaron Boogaard are to be healthy scratches for a game against Binghamton tonight for similar violations.

The Penguins also assigned forward Bill Thomas, a Fox Chapel native, to Wilkes-Barre and swapped minor-leaguer defensemen with St. Louis.

They acquired Andy Wozniewski from the Blues for Danny Richmond shortly before learning that winger Miroslav Satan, who was placed on waivers Tuesday, had not been claimed.

The Penguins have the option of assigning Satan, whose contract is worth $3.5 million, to the Baby Penguins to open salary-cap space to handle the additional payroll they took on today.

Wozniewski, who is 28 years old 6 foot 3, 195 pounds, has one goal and

16 assists in 56 games with St. Louis' AHL affiliate in Peoria. He will report to the Baby Penguins, but is not expected to be in their lineup for the Binghamton game.

Keep up with NHL trade deadline moves on Empty Netters.


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