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The departed - Adam Hall

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

When looking at the statistics the Penguins compiled individually during the Stanley Cup final, you probably won't be surprised to see that Marian Hossa led the Penguins with three goals. It's not all that shocking either to find out Sidney Crosby was tied for second with two goals. The gentleman he's tied with might catch you off guard however.

Adam Hall.

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True, one of his goals was banked off the backside of Chris Osgood and the other was actually put into the net by Detroit's Niklas Kronwall, but they were goals regardless and they illustrated what Hall brought to the team; A little bit of everything.

He could play all three forward positions. He could take faceoffs. He could drop the gloves. He could bang in the corners. He could score the occasional goal. He could kill penalties. He could backcheck. He did it all, none of it spectacularly, but he found ways to contribute.

Most importantly, he was an opportunist. Hall was brought in as a non-roster invitee and figured out a way to turn that opportunity into a roster spot and ultimately a three-year deal from the Tampa Bay Lightning which he agreed to last week. Everyone, Penguins fan or not, can appreciate that.

Adam Hall was no one who was ever going to make or break the Penguins. But he found a way to make the most out of his brief time as a Penguin in just about any fashion he could.

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EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-Assuming he plays in one game along side Sidney Crosby next season, Matt Cooke will join some uh... "elite" company. Cooke and Rico Fata will be the only players to have played with Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers awarded general manager Paul Holmgren with a three-year contract extension. This is a good idea. Holmgren did a marvelous job of turning the Flyers around in only one season.

-Should Chris Drury be the next captain of the Rangers?

 Northeast Division

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference has been training for triathlons.

 Southeast Division

-Lightning owner/ring master Len Barrie predicted his team will win the Southeast Division next season. Apparently he didn't notice when his team hired a clown in Barry Melrose to coach his team. Oh and that his team has very few NHL caliber defensemen. Or a proven goaltender who's not 52 years old like Olaf Kolzig. Or the Washington Capitals.

-Tampa Bay took another step towards it's impending division title by signing franchise defenseman Andrew Hutchinson who spent the entire season in the AHL last season. Starting printing those T-shirts now.

-The Hurricanes re-signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a one-year deal.

-Is playing in Atlanta a nightmare?

-Random YouTube Find of The Day: Former Hurricanes and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Tyler Moss having trouble leaving the ice:

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 Central Division

-It's looking more and more likely the Blackhawks and Red Wings will meet in the next Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

-What is it about new Red Wings goaltender Ty Conklin gravitating towards teams which play outdoors? He played in the Heritage Classic for Edmonton in 2003 and with the Penguins in last season's Winter Classic.

 Northwest Division

-New Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi credited captain Jarome Iginla for turning him on to Calgary.

-Wild general manager Doug Risebrough is going to have a hard time convincing Minnesota's fans he's compiled a viable NHL team next season.

Pacific Division

-NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe and Ducks general manager Brian Burke to stop their public hissy fit.

-It's looking like Stars forward and former Penguin Stu Barnes could retire.

Norris Division

-James Mirtle offers an updated look at what free agents are left.

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