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Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign veteran forward Bill Guerin

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed Bill Guerin on Monday, opting to keep an important part of their championship team ahead of free agency.

The veteran forward signed a US$2-million, one-year deal with the Stanley Cup champions. Guerin, 38, was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

"We are excited to agree to terms with Billy on this one-year deal," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said in a statement. "He made a tremendous impact on this team with his scoring ability, physical play and outstanding leadership and was a key factor in our drive to the Cup.

"I know our players, coaches and fans will be happy to have him back in Pittsburgh."

A 17-year veteran, Guerin had seven goals and eight assists in the Pens' championship playoff run.

Pittsburgh acquired Guerin from the New York Islanders at the March 4 trade deadline in exchange for a third-round draft pick. The six-foot-two, 220-pound right winger scored five goals and seven assists in 17 regular season games with the Penguins.

Overall in 2008-09, Guerin had 21 goals and 48 points in 78 regular-season games with the Penguins and Islanders.

Guerin has 408 goals and 403 assists in 1,185 career regular season games with New Jersey, Edmonton, Boston, Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose, the Islanders and the Penguins.

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