NHL notes: Guerin sticks with Penguins

Bill Guerin speaks with the media in Detroit, Mich., May 29, 2009. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Bill Guerin speaks with the media in Detroit, Mich., May 29, 2009. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

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Two-time Stanley Cup winner Bill Guerin has joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as player development coach.

Guerin, who retired in December after an 18-season career, will work with prospects in the Penguins organization, helping develop players at the minor league, junior and college levels.

"I'm thrilled about it," Guerin said on the team's website. "I wanted to stay in this organization. It's nice to officially get it done and be a part of the Penguins again. I like the people that are here. I like the way things are done here."

Guerin, 40, brings a contemporary perspective to the position Penguins general manager Ray Shero said.

Guerin won Cups with New Jersey in 1995 and Pittsburgh in 2009.

He played for eight teams and in 1,263 games during his NHL career, getting 429 goals and 427 assists.

Campbell gets degree

Cassie Campbell of Hockey Night in Canada will receive an honourary degree from her alma mater.

Campbell is one of nine people who will be given the honourary degrees from the University of Guelph next week, according to the Guelph Mercury.

While completing her sociology degree in the 1990s, Campbell was captain of the Guelph women's hockey team. She then went on to star with the Canadian women's team and captained it to a pair of Olympic gold medals.

After retiring from hockey in 2006, the 37-year-old joined HNIC as a rinkside reporter.

Costly ex-Coyote

If recently-acquired goalie Ilya Bryzgalov signs with the Philadelphia Flyers, it's likely going to cost them a big chunk of change.

According to Fox Sports Arizona, potential unrestricted free agent Bryzgalov was asking for a eight- to 10-year deal worth $7-8 million annually from the Phoenix Coyotes before his rights were traded to Philly on Tuesday. The Flyers will need to sign Bryzgalov before July 1 or he will become a free agent.

The Coyotes didn't get much in return for the star netminder, though -- a third-round pick, forward Matt Clackson and future considerations.

Be good, Jim

RIM billionaire Jim Balsillie might yet get an NHL franchise.

Balsillie, who has been foiled in each attempt to buy a team and move it to southern Ontario, has been told by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman he will eventually own a franchise, according to Forbes.com

There is one caveat, the report says. Balsillie must behave himself and not create any more "spectables or bad publicity," it says.

And, by the way, RIM is sending plenty of sponsorship dollars to the NHL. BlackBerry ads have been common on NBC and Versus during Stanley Cup final games and are plastered all over the NHL's website.

Puck mystery solved?

The case of the missing puck might be closer to being solved.

The puck Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane used to score the Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal a year ago went missing after celebrations erupted on the ice. It hasn't been seen since, even though a $50,000 reward for its return was offered and Chicago FBI agents volunteered to track it down.

But previously unpublished photos taken by Chicago Tribune photographer Brian Cassella appear to show linesman Steve Miller picking the puck up off the ice, putting it in his left hand and skating off the ice.

Miller, though, told the Tribune he didn't remember picking up the puck. The report also says NHL personnel, including senior VP of communications Gary Meagher, talked to Miller about the incident months ago and he told them the same story.

"He didn't remember getting the puck," Meagher told the Tribune. "We sat with him. We met with him. I've talked to him numerous times. Other league officials have talked to him. We all wish we knew where the puck was."

The Blackhawks ended a 49-year Stanley Cup drought when Kane scored on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton less than five minutes into overtime. Because of that, the puck could be worth big bucks -- more than $100,000, according to one auction house -- to sports memorabilia collectors.


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