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Puckspeak: Q&A with Bill Guerin

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Former Penguin Bill Guerin waves to the crowd during his retirement ceremony on Dec. 6, 2010. Guerin now serves as the Penguins' player development coach.
By Josh Yohe
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Penguins player developement coach Bill Guerin talks about the Penguins' new faces, team chemistry and being a part of the Pens' organization.

Q: What advice would you give Jarome Iginla about playing with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?

A: First of all, he doesn't need much advice from me. If I were to give him advice, I'd say be yourself and play your game. He's a helluva hockey player. He's had great success doing his thing. He needs to continue that. The mix is good. From what he offers to what they offer, it's a good match. It's hard coming to a new team. You want to please everybody. But the best thing to do is to be yourself and play your game.

Q: How exciting is it for you to still play a role in this organization?

A:For me, it's fantastic. I love it here. That's why I came back. I love this organization. It's top-notch from the top on down. I'm learning a lot from a lot of great people. (General manager Ray (Shero) and (assistant GM) Jason (Botterill) put me in a lot of great positions to see what happens behind the scenes. I've learned so much in the time I've been here.

Q: Is developing chemistry going to be an issue for the Penguins with all the new faces?

A: I don't have any concerns. Jarome, Brenden (Morrow) and Douglas (Murray) are all coming from one organization. Jussi (Jokinen) has played on a couple. But they've all played on different teams, they've all played in World Cups and in the Olympics. They've had great success.

Q: Do you wish you could play with the Penguins as currently constructed?

A: Do I ever. It kills me every day. But it's great to look out there and see the group of guys that Ray has put together. But yes, it kills me. If I could go out there and play with those guys, it would be unbelievable.

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