Empty Netter Assists - 06-25-10

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-Did the Olympics throw Marc-Andre Fleury (above) off his game?

-Sidney Crosby's gold medal-winning goal in the Olympics was nominated for an ESPY.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Greg Millen (right). A sixth-round pick in 1977, Millen spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1978-79, Millen appeared in 28 games and had a 14-11-1 record with a 3.37 goals against average and two shutouts. Millen took over as the team's full-time starter in 1979-80 and saw action in 44 games. He had a record of 18-18-7 with a 3.64 goals against average and two shutouts. In the playoffs, Millen had a 2-3-0 record as the Penguins lost to the Bruins in the first round. In 1980-81, Millen played in 63 games and had a 25-27-10 record and 4.16 goals against average. During that season, appeared in 26 consecutive games, a mark which remains a franchise record for a goaltender. He once again went 2-3-0 in the postseason as the Penguins fell to the Blues in the first round. In the 1981 offseason, Millen signed with the Hartford Whalers as an unrestricted free agent. The Penguins had an opportunity to match the offer, but general manager Baz Bastien neglected to do so as he was on a golfing vacation. Millen is currently a broadcaster with CBC.

-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Sebastien Caron. A third-round pick in 1999, Caron spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2002-03, Caron appeared in 24 games and recorded a dismal record of 7-14-2 but had impressive goals against average (2.64) and save percentage (.916) numbers as well as two shutouts. As a result, he was named to the NHL's all-rookie team. Caron spent the majority of the 2003-04 season as the Penguins' starter and appeared in 40 games. His record was 9-24-5 with a 3.74 goals against average and an .883 save percentage. Relegated to backup duty in 2005-06, Caron went 8-9-5 with a 3.98 goals against average and .881 save percentage. During that season, he suffered the first shootout loss in franchise history, a 3-2 loss at Carolina, Oct. 7, 2005. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with the Blackhawks. In 90 games with the Penguins, Caron had a record of 24-47-12. Caron spent most of last season with Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland before signing with the Flyers late in the regular season.

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-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Rene Corbet. Acquired at the 2000 trade deadline along with Tyler Moss in a deal which sent Brad Werenka to the Flames, Corbet spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in four regular season games and scored one goal down the stretch of 1999-2000 and then played in seven playoff games that spring while scoring two points. In 2000-01, Corbet saw action in 43 games and recorded 17 points. During that season's playoffs, Corbet appeared in 17 of the Penguins' 18 games and scored one goal. He joined Adler Mannheim in Germany in the 2001 offseason. This past season, he played for the Frisk Tigers in Norway.

-Happy 39th birthday to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Todd Reirden.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Boychuk (right) to a two-year contract extension with an annual salary cap hit of $1.875 salary cap hit.

-The Canadiens made qualifying offers to unrestricted free agent forwards Maxim Lapierre, Tom Pyatt and Sergei Kostitsyn, defenceman Mathieu Carle and goaltender Carey Price. Restricted free agent forward Benoit Pouliot did not receive an offer. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Pouliot recorded 24 points in 35 games with Montreal after being acquired midseason from the Wild.

-"I'm not trying to trade him." - Senators general manager Bryan Murray on forward Jason Spezza.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers officially hired former Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay as their new head coach.

-Ramsay sounds like he wants a pretty aggressive team.

Central Division

-"The only reason we were trading Buff was not because of his performance or because we don't like him, it was simply a salary cap move, and in order to make it work we couldn't take players who make a lot of money back." - Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman on trading forward Dustin Byfuglien to the Thrashers.

Northwest Division

-The Oilers acquired the signing rights to restricted free agent forward Colin Fraser (right) from the Blackhawks for a sixth-round pick in this weekend's draft.

-The Wild hired former captain Brad Bombardir as director of player development.

-After spending the last 30 years involved with professional hockey at some level, former Penguins defenseman Mike Ramsey is taking break following his resignation as an assistant coach with the Wild last week.

-Flames general manager Darryl Sutter thinks his team is one player away from being a top team once again. In other news, Ray Shero's cell phone has been getting a lot of phone calls with a 403 area code as of late.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Marleau and restricted free agent forward Joe Pavelski. Each deal is for four years with Marleau's having an annual salary cap hit of $6.9 million while Pavelski's hit will be $4 million.

-"You want to be on a winning team and you want to allow the team to be able to bring in players or to keep players around in order for you to be a successful team and win." - Pavelski on "only" having a cap hit of $4 million.

-The Coyotes re-signed restricted free agent forward Wojtek Wolski to a two-year deal with an annual salary cap hit of $3.8 million.

-Ducks general manager Bob Murray revealed he made "a pretty good five-year offer between $20-25 million" to restricted free agent forward Bobby Ryan (right).

-The Ducks hired former Red Wings/Sabres/Maple Leafs/Panthers forward Mike Foligno as an assistant coach. The father of Senators forward Nick Foligno, Mike Foligno has spent the past seven seasons as the coach and general manager of the OHL's Sudbury Wolves.

Smythe Division

-How big of a risk is it drafting Russian players?

-NHL owners offically approved a rule to ban blindside hits to the head.

-With the draft being held in Los Angeles, Long Beach native Emerson Etem could be a first-round pick.

-Former Jets/Coyotes/Devils/Blue Jackets/Blackhawks/Islanders Deron Quint joined Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL.

-Today would've been the 89th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Ernie Dickens.

-Today would've been the 104th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Dave Trottier.

(Photos: Fleury-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Millen-Penguins Hockey Cards; Boychuk-Elsa/Getty Images; Fraser-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Ryan-Decolongon/Getty Images)

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