Bill Guerin is a guest on the 11th episode of “The Chirp with Darren Millard” podcast, available now on NHL.com and multiple iOS and Android podcast apps.
Guerin has been general manager of the Minnesota Wild since Aug. 22, 2019. Prior to last season, he spent the previous eight with the Pittsburgh Penguins, including the last five as assistant GM. He won the Stanley Cup twice as a member of the Penguins front office (2016, 2017) and once as a player (2009). He also won the Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.
The Wild (23-12-2) are third in the eight-team Honda West Division and could be looking to add to their roster prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on April 12. The top four teams in each division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“We’re all-in because we want to win and we expect to win,” Guerin said. “We feel we cannot just compete with everybody, but we can beat anybody, and anybody can beat us. That’s just the League now. You have to be at your best every night.
“Approaching the deadline, I’m not going to sell the farm just for a rental that’s going to blow town in a couple of months. We still want to build, we still want to accumulate prospects and draft picks and things like that, because we’re kind of building on the go. But when I say that we are all-in, yeah, we’re all-in because we want to win, and we expect to win every night and we expect our players to do the same.”
But Guerin cautioned trade talks around the NHL haven’t been as active as in seasons past.
“Crickets,” he said. “There’s calls being made; I’m sure other teams have things on the go. We don’t have much on the go right now. It’s just kind of quiet. But we’re talking to different people every day.
“I don’t expect us to be too, too active, but if something comes up that makes sense, yeah, we’ll do it.”
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