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Empty Netter Assists - 7-2-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-New Penguins forward Mike Rupp (above, with Rangers defenseman Derek Morris, No. 53 and forward Sean Avery) likes 'dem Stillers. Sort of.

-Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice has some pretty interesting thoughts on Rupp's signing.

-If you recall, Eric Godard's first regular season fight as a Penguin was against Rupp in last season's home opener:

-Dan Bylsma. An alright dude with a burrito problem:

-What will the Penguins' latest Stanley Cup title mean to high school hockey in Western Pennsylvania?

Atlantic Division

-Rangers general manager Glen Sather covered a pretty wide spectrum of talent when he compared the health problems of new forward Marian Gaborik to those of former Penguins Mario Lemieux and Michal Rozsival.

-Before he bolted for New York, Gaborik was the last remaining orginal member of the Wild.

-The Devils still don't have a coach and lost a few key players yesterday. Is team overlord Lou Lamoriello worried? Nah....

-Former Devils forwards Brian Gionta (right) and John Madden said Lamoriello never tendered them offers.

-The Flyers have lost 52 goals from last season with the departures of forwards Mike Knuble and Joffrey Lupul.

Northeast Division

-Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey said his team no longer has an offer on the table for unrestricted free agent forward Alex Kovalev.

-The agents for disgruntled Senators forward Dany Heatley are made at Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray for not presentng more options for their client in the form of a trade. Because Bryan Murray's only obligation in life is to make Heatley happy apparently.

-The father of Dan Snyder, Heatley's late teammate in Atlanta, doesn't understand why Heatley is requesting a trade.

-Even after signing former Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek, the Maple Leafs still have a good chuck of salary cap space to work with.

Southeast Division

-New Capitals forward Mike Knuble isn't exactly leaving Philadelphia on good terms.

-Washington pretty much has already penciled in Knuble on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

-The Thrashers approached forward Ilya Kovalchuk (right) about a contract extension.

-Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford has seemingly given up on re-signing forward Chad LaRose.

-The Hurricanes re-signed restricted free agent forwards Pat Dwyer and Michael Ryan.

-Forward Erik Cole kind of had to re-sign with Carolina. He has a Hurricane's tattoo.

-"It's one of the best days in my life." - Forward David Booth on re-signing with the Panthers for six years and $25 million.

-The Panthers signed former Predators defenseman Ville Koistinen to a two-year deal.

Central Division

-"Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins" is so 2008-09. Get up to date and use, "Marian Hossa used to play for the Red Wings."

-"They have a chance to win the Cup." - Hossa (right) on why he signed with Chicago.

-"I hope it won't be that bad." - Hossa wishing he won't get booed in Joe Louis Arena the way he is at Mellon Arena.

-Ty Conklin is the third one-time Red Wings goaltender to join the Blues this decade. Chris Osgood and Manny Legacy have also made that shift.

-"My job is to push (Mason). The more I push the kid, the more ice time I'll get." - Former Penguins goaltender Mathieu Garon on his new gig in Columbus and Blue Jackets starting goaltender Steve Mason.

-Negotiations between captain Rick Nash, entering the final year of his contract, and the Blue Jackets aren't exactly going smooth.

Northwest Division

-New Wild forward Martin Havlat (right) seems a little bitter via his Twitter (Ha!) over leaving Chicago.

-According to Michael Russo and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Wild has an interest in Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko.

-"We’ve been there for a long time, and for us it’s important to be in a place where we are happy." - Canucks forward Henrik Sedin on why he and his twin brother, Daniel, took a hometown discount to re-sign with Vancouver.

-Does new defenseman Jay Bouwmeester make the Flames a Stanley Cup contender?

-Former Panther Craig Anderson is your new starting goaltender in Colorado.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes signed former Canucks backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera to a two-year deal.

-Kings general manager Dean Lombardi admitted he was given permission from the Red Wings to talk to former Detroit forward Marian Hossa at the draft. He also admitted he is interested in unrestricted free agent Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin.

Patrick Division

-NHL teams spent a cool $406 million yesterday.

-Former Penguins forward and NHL coach Ted Nolan has been hired as vice president of hockey operations for the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

-Actor Karl Malden passed away. He was 97. Malden once played Herb Brooks in a television movie cleverly titled "Miracle on Ice" which was based on the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team.

(Photos: Rupp-Chris McGrath/Getty Images; Gionta-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Kovalchuk-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Havlat-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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