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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2000

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins obtained Bill Guerin, the NHL's third leading goal scorer, and sent holdout Anson Carter to the Edmonton Oilers in a trade of right wings Wednesday night.

The Oilers also received Boston's second-round draft pick in 2001, a choice of switching first-rounders with the Bruins in 2001 or 2002 and future considerations.

Without Carter, who had 22 goals in 59 games last season, the Bruins are 6-8-2-1 with just 42 goals in 17 games this season. Guerin, who played at Boston College, was tied for fourth in the NHL with 22 points and had 12 goals going into Wednesday, when the Oilers were idle.

Griese will miss 3-4 weeks, maybe longer

DENVER -- Quarterback Brian Griese, who led the Denver Broncos to victory Monday night despite playing with a separated throwing shoulder, will be sidelined 3-to-4 weeks and possibly longer.

''I'm looking to come back in a month or so and see if I can throw the ball and help this team out because that's my responsibility,'' Griese said.

Griese was injured in the first quarter of Monday night's game when, on a scramble, he was tackled and landed on by Oakland linebacker Elijah Alexander.

Informed by doctors that he could do no further damage to his shoulder, Griese took a painkilling injection and returned to the game, engineering a 27-24 victory.

His injury was officially listed as a third-degree separation of the AC joint, the most severe type.

Griese, the AFC's top-rated passer, already was playing with torn cartilage in the same shoulder, which will require offseason surgery. The injuries are believed to be unrelated.

With Griese out of action indefinitely, the Broncos, who vaulted back into playoff contention with the win over Oakland, will turn to veteran Gus Frerotte. The Broncos (6-4) entertain winless San Diego (0-10) on Sunday.

Frerotte started once this season in Kansas City after Griese tore the cartilage in his shoulder. Frerotte was 18-of-31 for 208 yards and an interception in a 23-22 loss.

Last season, Frerotte stepped in for Detroit during a six-week stretch after starter Charlie Batch fractured his right thumb. Frerotte was 2-4, completing 134 of 226 passes for 1,588 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Dr. Richard Hawkins, an orthopedic surgeon and a Broncos' team physician, said Griese sustained an ''accordion-type injury'' of the shoulder where the ligaments are damaged and the outer end of his collarbone ''sticks up in the air a little bit.''

Given the extent of the injury, Hawkins termed Griese's play ''amazing.''

''That's sort of encouraging because if we took away his pain and he performed so well with this injury, then when his pain settles down maybe he can perform at that level again,'' Hawkins said. ''So we're optimistic that maybe in three or four weeks, he'll be able to throw again effectively.

''If he cannot and we judge over four to eight weeks that he's not recovering, then we might talk about doing something surgically. But most of these injuries are treated non-surgically. Most athletes do very well with this injury even without an operation.''

Griese, 25, also had torn cartilage in his shoulder in 1999, but he missed only two games.

''I don't feel snakebit,'' he said. ''I've had some problems but it hasn't been something where I've missed a bunch of games. I've been able to play through it. Unfortunately this is a little bit worse than what I had before and I won't be able to play for a while. I've got to maintain a positive attitude about it.''

Griese insisted he hasn't given up on this season.

''I want to play this year,'' he said. ''I want to let the swelling go down, and see if I can throw effectively and contribute to this team. If we get into the playoffs, and hopefully I can get back for a couple games, I want to help us out. If I can't, then I'll have to weigh the other options.''

Griese said Frerotte ''is going to be fine. He's been in the league for a while and he knows how to play. I'm going to do everything I can to help him out and make it an easy transition for him.''

Frerotte said he welcomed the challenge.

''It's an opportunity for me to keep our team on track to where we want to go -- to get us to the playoffs,'' he said.



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