Former Penguins forward Jaromir Jagr has apparently found
whatever it was he was looking for in Russia.
(Aside from a big fat pay check of course.)
He's leading the KHL with 10 goals in 15 games and has directed his team, Avangard Omsk, to a sixth consecutive win.
More importantly, he's inspiring James Bond themed videos:
It's still hard for us to believe he's not in the NHL any longer.
(Note: You may have noticed the date in the headline of today's post. This is a minor change in the format we'll be doing because this blogging software doesn't allow posts with duplicate headlines. So basically we can use "Staal Tactics" more than once just as long as we include a date in the headline. We probably should use "10-1-2008" instead of "10-1-08" in order to avoid any Y2K type of problems. But we'll address that issue in 2108 when Gary Roberts returns to the Penguins. Also, the tags will be expanded to include all the subjects in Empty Netter Assists.)
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Penguins > Steelers?
-The Penguins had a scavenger hunt.
-Ticket and promotional information.
-Ray Shero sees opportunity in Sergei Gonchar's shoulder injury.
-Kris Beech didn't report to Wilkes-Barre/Scanton's camp. Coach Dan Bylsma doesn't appear happy.
-Defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote is trying to stick with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
-Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! didn't exactly agree with our assessment of the Penguins' depth on defense.
-Kevin Allen of USA Today thinks the Penguins can weather the storm until Gonchar and Ryan Whitney come back.
-Would-be Penguins owner Harvey Gainey is being sued for $238 million by Wachovia Bank.
-Sidney Crosby is kind of important to the NHL's marketing plan.
-So desperate for work after the Medillin fiasco, Vincent Chase has apparently gone to Sweden to help the Penguins out on defense.
-With a new coach, Islanders forward Jeff Tambellini will have more opportunities to succeed this season.
-Devils goaltender Kevin Weekes is recovering from arm surgery.
-Sabres forward Paul Gaustad will be out a minimum of three-to-four weeks with a thumb injury.
-The Canadiens awarded former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev
with the Jean Beliveau Award
which recognizes charitable work.
-Montreal has put 2007 first-round pick Max Pacioretty on a line with Kovalev and Robert Lang.
-Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson owns Sweden.
-The Senators are going to look a lot different on the blue
line this season.
-Ottawa will play Christoph Schubert as a forward this season instead of as a defenseman.
-Toronto has a surplus of NHL-caliber defensemen.
-The comeback attempt of former Hurricanes forward Jeff O'Neill has come to an end.
-The Thrashers are trying former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong out on the second line.
-Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier played his first game since suffering a shoulder injury last season.
-Tampa Bay forward and former Penguin Michel Ouellet cleared waivers.
-Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin cleared waivers.
-Does the Penguins' success with a youth movement offer hope for Blues fans?
-Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues' first-round draft pick this past summer, says his age shouldn't matter in regards to his chances to make St. Louis' roster out of camp.
-The Blue Jackets put forward Mike York on waivers.
-Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios is dealing with a knee injury.
-Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg is thinking about 50 goals.
-The Canucks made a really odd move when they named
goaltender Roberto Luongo their captain.
The last goaltender to serve as captain was Bill Durnan of the 1947-48
-The same day he was given the honor, Luongo suffered a groin injury.
-The Oilers claimed defenseman Steve MacIntyre off waivers from the Panthers.
-Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray is looking to rebound this season.
-New Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker is digging Colorado.
-The Avalanche is trying to improve its special teams.
-The Ducks traded defenseman Sean O'Donnell to the rival Kings for a conditional third-round draft pick. Sort of.
-The Kings have options in goal.
-Even if he's being battered more than a crash-test dummy, Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher doesn't feel old.
-The Sharks are using new defensemen Dan Boyle and Rob Blake on the power play.
(Photos: Kovalev: Getty Images; Luongo: Getty Images)