NEWARK NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Bill Guerin #9 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 28 2010 in Newark New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
He seemed like such a lock. From his affable persona in the locker room to his now-curious inclusion on CSN's annual Meet The Flyers program, everybody thought Bill Guerin would be a Flyer when they started the season against his old team, the Penguins, on Thursday.
But it didn't happen. According to CSN Philly, Guerin has been released from his professional tryout. The almost-40-year-old told Tim Panaccio via a text message this morning. The Flyers have an off-day from practice today, so we likely won't be hearing anything official on this until tomorrow, at least from the coaching staff.
So, was this the right move? After it seemed so certain early in camp that Guerin would be here, the news slowly came out that Guerin was not exactly impressing the coaches. The young guys, such as Andreas Nodl, Mike Testwuide and Ben Holmstrom were apparently more impressive, as were some vets who were considered on the edge, such as Dan Carcillo and perhaps even Darroll Powe.
The moves aren't done -- the Flyers still have cuts to make and a young guy or two could still make the team. With Ian Laperriere's absent, it appears that at least one of them will make the team. But Guerin won't be one of those guys.
Where will he go from here? Retirement? A seat on the couch, waiting for a call? All we do know is that the call won't come from Paul Holmgren.