Empty Netter Assists - 9-24-09

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(Apologies for this being late today. G-20 duties kind of kicked our butts last night/this morning.)

-The 2009-10 version of Alex Goligoski (above) looks a lot more mature than the 2008-09 version.

-A repeat for the Penguins will be tough.

-The Penguins are bussing it to Columbus tonight.

-Someone compiled most of the Penguins' overtime goals from the past three seasons:

-Is Brian Strait the next Brooks Orpik or Rob Scuderi?

-According to RDS, former Penguins forward Michel "Miss-The-Net" Ouellet has signed with HC Freiburg Gottéron in Switzerland.

-Former Penguins defenseman Richard Lintner has joined HK Dukla Trencin in Slovakia.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Tomas Surovy. During last season's IIHF World Championship, Surovy, a member of Team Slovakia, smacked his goaltender, Jaroslav Halak, in the head after he gave up a poor goal to the Czech Republic:

Atlantic Division

-Despite a right knee injury, Rangers forward Sean Avery is expected to be ready for his team's season opening game at Mellon Arena.

-Does anyone want the Islanders?

-The Islanders demoted forwards Sean Bentivoglio, Justin DiBenedetto, Tyler Haskins, Jesse Joensuu, Tony Romano and goaltender Nathan Lawson to Bridgeport of the AHL.

-A goal and an assist from Niklas Bergfors helped the Devils beat the Islanders, 4-2.

-Islanders defenseman Mark Streit tagged Devils tough guy Andrew Peters with a big hit then "fought" Olivier Magnan-Grenier:

Northeast Division

-"I can do anything and I still can’t get a six-pack." -Bruins forward and fomer Penguin Mark Recchi on his physical condition.

-Hall-of-Fame defenseman Brad Park slammed the NHLPA for firing Paul Kelly as the association's leader and took Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference to task for comments critical of Kelly.

-The Bruins demoted defensemen Jeff Penner, Andrew Bodnarchuk, goaltender Kevin Regan and forward Jamie Arniel to Providence of the AHL.

-Former Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois officially retired.

-Someone thought the world had gone on long enough without a 600-foot tall image of Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau in a cornfield in New Brunswick.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Matt Carkner has had a strong training camp with the Senators.

-As we've seen the past week or so, forward Viktor Stahlberg has had a strong preseason for the Maple Leafs.

-Ryan Miller made 23 saves for the Sabres in a 3-2 defeat of the rival Maple Leafs.

-Check out this gutsy all-out effort by Toronto's Tyler Bozak to prevent one of us:

Southeast Division

-The Panthers named defenseman Bryan McCabe as their next captain.

-Florida demoted assigned the following players defensemen Peter Aston, Clay Wilson, Luke Beaverson, Michael Caruso, James DeLory, Matt Duffy, Keaton Ellerby, Jordan Henry, forwards Evgeny Dadonov, David Brine, Brady Calla, Jamie Johnson, Kenndal McArdle, Graham Mink, Andrew Sweetland, Victor Oreskovich, goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu, Tyler Plante to Rochester of the AHL, relseased forwards Mike York, Adam Keefe Eric Himelfarb and defenseman Martin Skoula and returned Scott Timmins to his junior team.

-Former Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig, a one-timer winner of the Vezina Tropy, officially announced his retirement. Kolzig, on the losing end of  a few Penguins-Capitals playoff battles, was the goaltender who gave up this goal:

-The Staals are brothers. And now they're uncles (and a father).

-Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin each had two goals and an assist for the Capitals in a 6-2 rout of the Blackhawks.

-Josh Gratton scored two goals for the Thrashers in a 5-4 defeat of the Predators.

-A goal and an assist from Radek Dvorak helped the Panthers beat the Stars, 4-1.

Central Division

-Forward R.J. Umberger (right), a native of some dump near a couple of rivers, is expected to be in the Blue Jackets' lineup tonight against the Penguins despite a wonky hip flexor.

-Columbus forward Kristian Huselius (flu), defensemen Mike Commodore (flu, groin) and Marc Methot (hip flexor) are also dinged up.

-The Blue Jackets demoted goaltenders Dan LaCosta and Kevin LaLande to Syarcuse of the AHL.

-Columbus has brought in former Wild defenseman to camp on a tryout agreement.

-The Red Wings have brought in former Maple Leafs forward Brad May on a tryout basis.

Northwest Division

-Former Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg has signed a one-week contract with MoDo in Sweden and hopes to sign with an NHL team by Oct. 1.

-Wild goon Derek Boogaard is dealing with a concussion.

-Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the Avalanche who beat the Kings, 3-2.

-Two goals from Curtis Glenncross gave the Flames a 5-3 win against the rival Oilers.

Pacific Division

-New Sharks forward Dany Heatley (right) is a pretty polarizing figure.

-San Jose officially signed former Blue Jackets forward Manny Malhotra to a one-year deal worth $700,000.

-The Coyotes slashed tickets prices. Lower bowl seats can be had for $25

-Phoenix forward Francis Lessard has been suspended the rest of the preseason and three regular season games for an illegal hit on Ducks forward Ryan Donnally.

-Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell has been suspended for the rest of the preseason and two regular season games for a cross check on Islanders forward Matt Martin.

-Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News, who provides one of the best beat blogs in the NHL at Inside The Kings, has been hired to produce content for the Kings.

-It turns out the Penguins might've dealt some damaged goods to the Thrashers two seasons ago when they acquired Marian Hossa. Forward Erik Christensen, currently with the Ducks, has had a shoulder ailment since before the trade.

-Shootout goals by Radim Vrbata and Peter Mueller gave the Coyotes a 4-3 win against the Lightning.

-Shootout goals by Alexander Edler and Mason Raymond gave the Canucks a 4-3 win against the Sharks.

-Check out Edler's and Raymond's goals:

Adams Division

-Check out Versus' campaign for it's opening night game between the Capitals and Bruins:

-Today would've been the 107th birthday of Albert Holway, a former defenseman with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates.

(Photos: Goligoski-Abelimages/Getty Images; Umberger-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Heatley-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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