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Empty Netter Assists - 07-13-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Some Penguins employees have already moved into Consol Energy Center.

-The Penguins re-signed forward Zach Sill and his amazing mutton chop sideburns (right) to a one-year AHL-level contract. In 54 AHL games last season, Sill had 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 48 penalty minutes.

-If you're a fan of the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs, you'll be a fan of the Penguins' development camp.

-"I need to go in to make a good impression and work hard all week." - Alex Smigelski, an invitee to the Penguins' development camp. He was an All-American with the Williams Ephs, a Division III NCAA School in Massachusetts.

-The Penguins have signed some new and old sponsors for displays at Consol Energy Center.

-Former Penguins defenseman Viktor Ignatjevs has apparently retired as a professional player to become a coach with Dinamo Riga of the KHL.

-You may remember Ignatjevs for a hit from behind on former Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer at the end of Game 3 of the 1999 Eastern Conference quarterfinals:

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Atlantic Division

-The Rangers signed unrestricted free agent forward Jeremy Williams. He spent last season with the Red Wings organization.

Northeast Division

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference (right) will tour the BP disaster site in the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of the Sierra Club.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes signed forward Nick Dodge to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Thrashers hired former Flyers assistant coach Mike Stroshers as an assistant coach.

Central Division

-The Blackahawks agreed to match the offer sheet restricted free agent defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson signed last week with the Sharks. The contract is for four years and $14 million. Hjalmarsson will have a salary cap hit of $3.5 million.

-With Hjalmarsson back in the fold, the Blackhawks have approximately $100,000 of salary cap space left and only have 15 players under contract at the NHL level.

-The Blackhawks hired former Blues head coach Mike Kitchen and re-signed assistant coach Mike Haviland.

-The Blues signed unrestricted free agent defensemen Brennan Evans (two years) and Nathan Oystrick (one year) to two-way contracts. Evans spent last season with the Maple Leafs organization while Oystrick was with the Ducks.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks re-signed defenseman Shane O'Brien to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million.

-According to TSN, the Oilers have re-signed goaltender Devan Dubnyk (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.6 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $800,000.

-Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard is still battling symtoms from a concussion which forced him to miss all but one game last season.

Pacific Division

-The Kings declined comment on their visit with unrestricted free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk (right).

-Former Kings/Islanders/Oilers/Rangers/Capitals/Flames/Canucks/Ducks forward Josh Green has re-signed with the Ducks on a one-year, two-way contract. He spent last season with MoDo in Sweden.

-The Ducks have ended their affiliation with the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors.

-The Stars are in the process of hiring Willie Desjardins as associate coach. He is currently the head coach and general manager of the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers and has served as Canada's coach in the World Junior Championships.

Adams Division

-NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (right) made $7.2 million in 2008-09.

-Only 11 players in the NHL make more than Bettman.

-Prior to the lockout, (Which was done to keep ticket prices down for fans! Remember!?!?) Bettman made $3.77 million.

-Former Rockies/Blues/Flames/Maple Leafs/North Stars/Lightning/Canadiens/Flyers defenseman Rob Ramage has begun serving a four-year prison term for the 2003 impaired driving crash that killed former Blackhawks captain and coach Keith Magnuson in Ontario. Ramage was originally convicted in 2007.

(Photos: Sill-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; Ference-Elsa/Getty Images; Dubnyk-Canadian Press; Kovalchuk-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Bettman-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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