Empty Netter Assists - 06-28-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Penguins draft pick Tom Kuehnhackl has some good bloodlines.

-Kuehnhackl, who will play for the OHL's Windsor Spitfires next season, wants a crack at the Memorial Cup.

-According to Dmitry Chesnokov, Penguins prospect Alexander Pechurskiy will be returning to the KHL next season.


-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ric Jackman. Acquired miday through the 2003-04 season in a deal which sent Drake Berehowsky to the Maple Leafs, Jackman spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 25 games with the Penguins that campaign, Jackman was highly productive as he scored 24 points. Following the lockout, Jackman returned to the Penguins in 2005-06, and appeared in 49 games while recording 28 points. After falling out of favor with new coach Michel Therrien, Jackman was traded to the Panthers in exchange for Petr Taticek at the trade deadline. He spent last season with Biel in Switzerland.

-Happy 31sth birthday to former Penguins forward Niklas Nordgren (right). Acquired from the Hurricanes at the 2006 trade deadline along with Krys Kolanos and a draft pick in exchange for Mark Recchi, Nordgren's Penguins career amounted to 15 games and zero points in 2005-06. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with Rapperswil in Switzerland. He has spent the last four seasons with that team.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks made a qualifying offer of $1.65 million to restricted free agent forward Andrew Ladd.

-Thrashers and former Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel took the part in Chicago's gay Pride Parade with the Stanley Cup. Sopel did it in honor of Brendan Burke, the late son of Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke.

Smythe Division

-Former Sharks forward Ryan Vesce has joined Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL.

-Happy 67th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Jim Watson.

-Happy 79th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Earl Johnson.

(Photos: Kuehnhackl-Harry How/Getty Images; Nordgren-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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