Empty Netter Assists - 10-01-09

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-Pascal Dupuis (above) is getting a shot on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko.

-Bill Guerin ain't quitting.

-Guerin ain't going to be wearing clothes in an upcoming issue of ESPN the Magazine.

-Video of Sidney Crosby and Guerin each getting their rings:

-Ray Shero didn't have much downtime in the "off"season.

-How big of a loss is Chris Bourque for the Capitals?

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be happy Bourque won't be racking up points against them any longer.

-"I just want to thank everybody for always making me feel welcome. Wilkes-Barre is a special place to play in the AHL. Whenever I talk to guys, I tell them that you're going to play in front of a packed house every night and the people there treat you like gold. I've never played anywhere else in the American League, but when I talk to people who have, they say, 'You know, it's not the biggest town or the biggest nightlife, but it's a place you want to play and you want to come back.' It's a one of a kind place, second to none." - Former Penguins forward Paul Bissonnette on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market.

-The Penguins returned forward prospect Nick Petersen to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL.

-Happy 21st birthday to Penguins forward prospect Luca Caputi (right).

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Scott Young. Young, who was a member of the 1991 Stanley Cup team, was acquired from the Whalers in a trade that sent Rob Brown to Hartford in December of 1990.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Domenic Pittis. Pittis, who played in only one game with the Penguins, is a big part of the club's legacy of failed second-round draft picks.

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers signed former Sharks defenseman Alexei Semenov to a one-year contract worth $600,000.

-New Rangers forward Donald Brashear is still struggling to win over New York fans.

-The Devils put forward Ilkka Pikkarainen on injured reserve.

-New Jersey defensemen Jay Leach, Rob Davison and forward Tim Sestito each cleared waivers and were demoted to Lowell of the AHL.

-The Islanders returned defenseman Calvin de Haan to his junior team and demoted forward Greg Moore and Trevor Smith to Bridgeport of the AHL.

-Not surprisingly, defenseman Chris Pronger is fitting in well with the Flyers.

-Forward James van Riemsdyk, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, will start the season on the Flyers' NHL roster. The team is trying to negotiate a contract with forward Blair Betts who is in camp on a tryout basis.

-Check out this hit Flyers captain Mike Richards stuck on Minnesota forward Eric Belanger Monday:

Northeast Division

-Former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill was named an alternate captain for the Canadiens along with defenseman Andrei Markov and Brian Gionta. Fire Ray Shero.

-Montreal will open up the season without a captain for the first time since 1909.

-The Canadiens suspended forward Sergei Kostitsyn for refusing to report to Hamilton of the AHL.

-Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek gets to open the season against his former team, the Habs.

-The Bruins demoted forward Vladimir Sobotka (right) to Providence of the AHL.

-The Sabres are going to keep defenseman Tyler Myers on their NHL roster for the time being instead of sending him back to his junior team.

-Buffalo demoted defenseman Mike Weber, a native of Pittsburgh, and forward Nathan Gerbe to Portland of the AHL.

-The Senators really need forward Jonathan Cheechoo to come through this season.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes signed goaltender Cam Ward to a six-year deal worth a total of $37.8 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $6.3 million after this season when his current contract expires.

-Forward Mike Knuble offers the Capitals something they haven't had in a while - a presence in front of the net.

-The Capitals recalled forward Boyd Kane from Hershey of the AHL demoted goaltender Michal Neuvirth to Hershey. Additionally, forwards Eric Fehr and left wing Tomas Fleischmann were placed on injured reserve.

-The Thrashers are not expected to sign a contract extension with captain Ilya Kovalchuk (right) before the start of the season.

-Atlanta forward and former Penguin Colby Armstrong is dealing with a groin injury.

-The Lightning signed former Islanders goon Mitch Fritz and demoted him to Norfolk of the AHL. Additionally, defensemen Matt Lashoff and Mike Lundin cleared waivers and were demoted to Norfolk.

-The Panthers released defenseman Christian Backman from his tryout agreement and placed forward Nick Tarnasky on injured reserve.

-Florida forward Rostislav Olesz, who wears No. 85, is planning on wearing an "Ochocinco" name plate on his jersey during warm ups prior to an upcoming game. Child please.

-The Panthers got two goals from Cory Stillman in a 4-2 win against Finnish team Jokerit.

Central Division

-After missing all of last season due to a freak golf cart accident, Blues defenseman Erik Johnson, the first overall pick in the 2006 draft, is ready to prove his potential.

-St. Louis demoted defenseman Tyson Strachan to Peoria of the AHL.

-The Blackhawks put forwards Adam Burish (knee) and Marian Hossa (shoulder) on injured reserve and demoted forwards Bryan Bickell, Evan Brophey, Jake Dowell, Rob Klinkhammer and Jack Skille to Rockford of the AHL. Chicago also announced it will start the season with three goaltenders - Corey Crawford, Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi - on its NHL roster.

-Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger (right), who's a native of somewhere, will see more third-line duties this season.

-Columbus forward Alex Picard and defenseman Mathieu Roy cleared waivers and were demoted to Syracuse of the AHL.

-The Predators have yet to determing if Dan Ellis or Pekka Rinne is their starting goaltender.

-Nashville signed signed defenseman Francis Bouillon to a one-year contract worth $759,000. He had been in camp on a tryout basis. The team also demoted defenseman Cody Franson and forward Cal O'Reilly to Milwaukee of the AHL and forwards Joel Ward (strained groin) and Colin Wilson (strained groin) on injured reserve.

-For some reason, someone thought it would be a good idea to make a fake Twitter account for Blue Jackets forward Nikita Filatov.

-Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for the Red Wings in a 6-2 defeat of Sweden's Farjestads BK.

-Check out this pass by Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk to set up a breakaway by forward Todd Bertuzzi:

Northwest Division

-Vancouver forward Mats Sundin officially announced his retirement. Sundin, 38, recorded 1,349 points (564 goals, 785 assists) in 1,346 games. He retires as the 25th leading scorer in NHL history.

-Canucks defensemen Michael Funk and Lawrence Nycholat each cleared waivers and were demoted to Manitoba of the AHL. Defenseman Brad Lukowich was demoted to Texas of the AHL.

-Vancouver named Henrik Sundin an alternate captain.

-The Avalanche will honor former captain prior to tonight's game against the Sharks.

-Oilers forward Ales Hemsky is dealing with a groin injury.

-The Wild signed former Penguins forward Andy Hilbert to a one-year, two-way contract. Hilbert and another former Penguins forward, Nathan Smith, were demoted to Houston of the AHL.

-From the "Old-Guys-With-Ties-to-the-Maple-Leafs-Beating-up-Flyers" file, Minnesota forward Owen Nolan rocked Philadelphia defenseman Braydon Coburn's world Monday:

-Gary Roberts not impressed:

Pacific Division

-Paul Bissonnette will wear No. 12 with the Coyotes. All-Star Olli Jokinen was the last player to wear that number for the Coyotes.

-The bids by Jim Balsillie and the NHL to purchase the Coyotes were each rejected by a federal bankrupcy judge.

-Balsillie announced he will not appeal the ruling.

-Phoenix demoted forward Ryan Hollweg to San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Coyotes signed forward Matt Watkins to an entry-level contract.

-The Sharks named defenseman Rob Blake (right) as the club's new captain. He previously served as a captain with the Kings. Defenseman Dan Boyle and forward Joe Thornton will serve as alternate captains.

-According to RDS, the Stars signed defenseman Stephane Robidas to a four-year contract extension worth a total of $13.2 million.

-The Ducks demoted defenseman Brendon Mikkelson to Toronto of the AHL and forward Logan MacMillan to Bakersfield of the ECHL.

-Anaheim has opted to keep defenseman Luca Sbisa on their NHL roster instead of sending him back to his junior team.

-The Dallas Stars got two goals from James Neal and beat their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, 4-2.

(Photos: Dupuis-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Caputi-eBay; Sobotka-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Kovalchuk-John Amis/Associated Press; Umberger-Jay LaPrete/Associated Press; Blake-Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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