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Empty Netter Assists - 07-08-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Ray Shero's (right) not exactly in a hurry to find another top-six winger.

-With the signings of Ryan Craig, Brett Sterling and Andrew Hutchinson, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won't be messing around next season.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders fired assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres re-signed former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime to a one-year deal worth $600,000.

-Buffalo elected to take restricted free agent forward Patrick Kaleta to arbitration.

-The Maple Leafs signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Brett Lebda, formerly of the Red Wings to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.9 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $1.45 million.

-The Senators signed unrestricted free agent forward Corey Locke to a two-year, two-way contract. Locke spent last season with the Rangers.

-Ottawa forward Mike Fisher is expected to end his life marry entertainer Carrie Underwood (right) this weekend.

Southeast Division

-The Capitals re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jeff Schultz to a four-year deal worth a total of $11 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $2.75 million. The team also placed forward Michael Nylander on waivers for like the 283rd time.

-Washington signed minor league forward Kyle Greentree (two years) and defenseman Brian Fahey (one year).

-The Hurricanes re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Joe Corvo (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $4.5 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $2.25 million. Corvo was traded to the Capitals at this past season's trade deadline.

-Carolina re-signed minor league forward Nocolas Blanchard (two years) and defenseman Casey Borer (one year) to two-way contracts.

-The Panthers re-signed defenseman Jason Garrison and signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Nathan Paetsch. Garrison's contract is for two years and a total of $1.35 million. he will have a salary cap hit of $675,000. Paetsch, formerly of the Sabres, signed for one year and $525,000.

-The Thrashers signed unrestricted free agent forward Jared Ross and defenseman Jamie Sifers. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Ross is a former Flyer while Sifers is a former Wild.

Central Division

-The Red Wings re-signed unrestricted forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

-The Blue Jackets signed unrestricted free agent goaltender David LeNeveu to a one-year, two-way contract. A former member of the Coyotes, LeNeveu spent last season in Austria.

-Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is getting a lake in Manitoba named after him.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks will retire the No. 19 of former captain and former Penguin Markus Naslund (right) next season. No word yet when the Penguins will retire Alek Stojanov's No. 11.

-The Canucks also unveiled their new way to make money third jersey with former captain Orland Kurtenbach and current star Henrik Sedin:

-The Avalanche re-signed restricted free agent forward Brandon Yip to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.45 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $725,000.

-The Wild re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Robbie Earl and signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Dennis Endras. Earl signed a one-year, two-way contract. Endras, who spent last season in Germany, signed for one year.

-Minnesota also signed minor league forward Jon DiSalvatore (two years) and defenseman Jamie Fraser (one year).

-Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid is still recovering from neck surgery in March.

Pacific Division

-Former all-star Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (right) has signed a four-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL. Since his his debut season of 1999-2000, Nabokov has 293 career regular season wins. Only New Jersey's Martin Brodeur (401) has more wins over that span.

-The Sharks re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Jay Leach to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Kings, who said they were done negotiating with unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk last week, ended negotations again with him yesterday. No word yet when they'll end negotations with him again.

(Photos: Shero-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Fisher and Underwood-Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Corvo-Elsa/Getty Images; Naslund-Photobucket; Kurtenbach and Sedin-Vancouver Canucks; Nabokov-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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