Empty Netter Assists - 7-22-09

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-Meet Brent Johnson (above).

-"It's going to take some getting used to." - Johnson on jumping from the Capitals to the Penguins.

-Will Luca Caputi or Dustin Jeffrey get a shot on the Penguins' second line with Maxime Talbot down?

-Jordan Staal (right) did his thing with the Stanley Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont.

-If you'll be at Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Sept. 17 annddddd... you're a fan of the Stanley Cup... Good news.

-That whole, "Petr Sykora wants to kick Dan Bylsma's mother" rift? Um...

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers signed restricted free agent forward Enver Lisin.

-The Islanders officially hired former Johnstown Chiefs coach Steve Allen as an assistant coach.

-The Islanders canned their radio broadcast team and will simulcast their television broadcasts.

-Today's Winter Classic rumor is brought to you by the Yankees and the year 2011.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens re-signed forward Tomas Plekanec to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million.

-The Maple Leafs re-signed forward Andre Deveaux to a one-year contract.

-Despite missing the playoffs the past two seasons, the Sabres renewed 95 percent of their season-ticket packages this offseason.

-Former Senators and Maple Leafs goaltender Martin Gerber (right) signed with Alant Mytishchi of the KHL.

-New Senators forward and former Penguin Alex Kovalev wants Dany Heatley to stay in Ottawa.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning traded disappointing forward Radim Vrbata and his $3 million annual salary cap hit to the Coyotes for forward Todd Fedoruk and defenseman David Hale. Vrbata previously played for Phoenix before joining the Lightning as a free agent last offseason.

-The Thrashers re-signed defenseman and Sidney Crosby punching bag Boris Valabik to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.525 million.

Central Division

-From the "Gee... that's too bad" department, Blackhawks forward and former Senator Thrasher Penguin Red Wing Marian Hossa (right) is dealing with a shoulder injury.

-The Blue Jackets signed defenseman John Moore, the club's 2009 first-round pick, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Columbus also re-signed restricted free agent forward Mike Blunden to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Blues re-signed defenseman Steve Wagner.

-Four years after suffering cardiac arrest on the bench during a game, former defenseman Jiri Fischer is still contributing to the Red Wings.

-Can Detroit's Jimmy Howard be the Red Wings' starter Chris Osgood's back up?

-Despite being in the past two Stanley Cup finals, the Red Wings only renewed 60 percent of their season ticket holders.

Northwest Division

-The Oilers re-signed defenseman Denis Grebeshkov to a one-year deal worth $3.15 million.

-The Flames signed defensemen T.J. Brodie, Keith Seabrook and forward Greg Nemisz to entry-level contracts.

Norris Division

-The opening game of next year's IIHF World Championships is expected to take place at an outdoor soccer arena between the the United States and Germany. The arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany holds over 76,000 people.

(Photos: Johnson-Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images; Staal and Hossa-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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