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Empty Netter Assists - 07-12-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Former Penguins forward Dan Quinn is digging life as Ernie Els' caddy.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins goaltender and current goaltending coach Gilles Meloche (right). Acquired in the 1985 offseason in a deal which sent Marty McSorley, Tim Hrynewich and Craig Muni to the Oilers, Meloche spent the final three seasons of his 18-year NHL playing career with the Penguins. Platooning with Roberto Romano in 1985-86, Meloche appeared in 34 games and had a record of 13-15-5 with a 3.59 goals against average and .881 save percentage. In 1986-87, Meloche took over as the team's primary starter as he saw action in 43 games. He had a record of 13-19-7 with a 3.43 goals against average and .881 save percentage. His final season in the NHL was 1987-88 as he only appeared in 27 games and compiled an 8-9-5 record with a 4.09 goals against average and .868 save percentage. He retired in the 1987 offseason having appeared in 104 games for the Penguins with a record of 34-43-17, a 3.65 goals against average and .878 save percentage. Meloche rejoined the organization in 1989 with a front office role and eventually moved in his his current position as goaltending coach. A member of all three of the franchise's Stanley Cup championship teams, Meloche is the father of former Penguins forward Eric Meloche.

Central Division

-Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews did his thing with the Stanley Cup in Winnipeg.

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Northwest Division

-Flames forward Ales Kotalik shot down a report he had joined a team in the KHL.

Pacific Division

-After saying they weren't going to sign him twice, the Kings are having a face-to-face meeting with unrestricted free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

(Photo: Meloche-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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