Veteran winger Bill Guerin is proof that if you hang around long enough you might just get a shot.
Nearly two weeks after the 39-year-old began on-ice work outs with other Philly veterans at the Virtua Flyers Skatezone in Voorhees, N.J., the Flyers have formally invited Guerin to tryout at their training camp beginning on Sept. 17.
Guerin, who has logged over 1200 NHL games played, was hoping to avoid the tryout stage and sign with a club. However, the 6-foot-2, 220 lbs. forward wanted to play for a contender. It also didn’t hurt that Guerin’s wife are South Jersey natives.
With Guerin now officially in camp, the question arises — who could he replace? With nine regular wingers (Claude Giroux, Dan Carcillo, Scott Hartnell, Ville Leino, James van Riemsdyk, Nik Zherdev, Jody Shelley, Ian Laperriere, Darroll Powe) already vying for just eight spots, Guerin would have to knock someone out of a roster spot.That’s what the tryout will show.
Guerin has 429 goals and 427 assists in his career. He scored 21 goals and 24 assists last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.