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Empty Netter Assists - 7-30-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Brooks Orpik's decision to take the Stanley Cup to Boston College instead of his hometown of East Amherst, N.Y. did not go unnoticed in Buffalo.

-Jordan Staal sure likes lakes.

-Puck the Media scored an interview with Mike Lange.

-"I can honestly tell you I was more nervous in those final moments than I was sitting on the sidelines in Tampa." - Steelers safety Troy Polomalu (right) comparing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to Super Bowl XLIII.

-The PensBlog ranked the top 10 goal celebrations in Penguins history.

-PensBurgh wonders who will be the team's breakout player next season.

-Happy first birthday to the incredibly resilient Pesonen and the Pens.

-Happy 24th birthday to Alex Goligoski.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Markus Naslund (right). Alek Stojanov will be by later with his present.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year deal worth $520,000 per season.

Northeast Division

-The Senators signed defenseman Derek Smith and forward Jeremy Yablonski to one-year two-way contracts. Additionally, forwards  Keegan Dansereau and Brandon Svendsen were signed to amateur tryout contracts.

-New Ottawa goaltender Pascal Leclaire will be under the gun next season.

Southeast Division

-Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier is disappointed his team let go of forward Vaclav Prospal.

-Tampa Bay hired former Stars assistant coach Rick Wilson as an assistant coach. He is the father of former Penguins forward Landon Wilson.

Central Division

-The Blues signed former Rangers defenseman Bryce Lampman.

Northwest Division

-The Wild avoided arbitration and re-signed restricted free agent and EN favorite Josh Harding to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million.

-The Oilers re-signed restricted free agent forwards Ryan Potulny and Liam Reddox.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes re-signed restricted free agent forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year deal worth 1.25 million.

-Phoenix also re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Josh Tjordman to a one-year deal.

-The NHL's board of governors approved Jerry Reinsdorf's bid to buy the Coyotes and rejected Jim Ballsillie's. Ultimately, a U.S. Bankrupcy Court judge will decide who can buy the team.

-Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (right) underwent surgery for a sports hernia. No wonder he was making that face...

-Anaheim signed forward Petteri Nokelainen to a one-year contract extension worth $950,000.

(Photo: Polamalu-Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Naslund-Get High On Hockey; Getzlaf-Harry How/Getty Images)

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