Empty Netter Assists - 07-16-10

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-While the Penguins' "dreaded" blue jerseys will be coming back for 10 games next season, they will still be unveiling a new jersey specifically for the the Winter Classic.

-Unrestricted free agents Paul Thompson, Brady Lamb, Brian Gibbons and Alex Smigelski are trying to take advantage of their invitations to the Penguins' development camp.

-The Penguins should try and team those Crosby and Malkin kids together from time to time.

-Reuse The Igloo, the local group fighting to find a way to "recycle" Mellon Arena, is asking the city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority to hold off on demolishing the building for a year until a more thorough plan to reuse the facility can be formulated.

-Poll: What should be done with Mellon Arena?

-From the Penguins' Twitter page, the team's banners are in place at Consol Energy Center:

-More videos by Eric Politowski of The PensBlog and Zachary Boslett of Faceoff-Factor from development camp with team executive Tom Fitzgerald, prospects Robert Bortuzzo, Joey Haddad and Eric Tangradi (who was interviewed by some slob):

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-Sidney Crosby has a fan in U.S. Women's Open champion Paula Creamer.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders re-signed restricted free agent forward Robbie Schremp and defenseman Dustin Kohn to qualifying offers. Kohn's deal is for one year and two ways. Schremp's is for one year. Financial terms were not released.

-The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mike Sauer. Terms were not released.

-New Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov admitted he would have preferred to re-sign with the Senators once the free agency signing period started July 1.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs signed former Penguins forward the great Mike Zigomanis (right), former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Danny Richmond and former Thrashers forward Joey Crabb. All three players were unrestricted free agents. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zigomanis spent last season with Djurgardens IF Stockholm in Sweden.

-The Bruins signed restricted free agent forward Greg Campbell to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.2 million. Campbell, the son of NHL discipline czar and former Penguins defenseman Colin Campbell, will have a salary cap hit of $1.1 million. The Bruins acquired the signing rights to Campbell (right) in a trade with the Panthers last month. Boston also re-signed defenseman Adam McQuaid (two years), Andrew Bodnarchuk (one year) and forward Jeff LoVecchio (one year) to two-way contracts.

-The Canadiens re-signed restricted free agent forward David Desharnais to a one-year, two-way contract.

-Montreal signed forward Alexander Avtsin, a fourth-round pick in 2009, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-The Sabres announced their variable ticket pricing plan for home games next season. Both Penguins contests in HSBC Arena are considered "platinum games."

Southeast Division

-Carolina will retire the No. 17 of former captain Rod Brind'Amour (right) Feb. 18 when another one of his former teams, the Flyers, come to town.

-The Hurricanes re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Bryan Rodney and goaltender Justin Pogge to one-year, two-way contracts.

-The Capitals re-signed restricted free agent forwards Jay Beagle (two years) and Andrew Gordon (one year), C Andrew Joudrey (one year) and defensemen Patrick McNeill (one year) and Zach Miskovic (one year).

-Former Penguins forward Chris Bourque rejected a qualifying offer from the Capitals and is expected to join a KHL team.

-The Lightning re-signed restricted forward Blair Jones to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Panthers re-signed restricted free agent forwards Mike Duco, Kenndal McArdle and goaltender Tyler Plante to one-year two-way contracts.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks re-signed restricted free agent forward Jack Skille (right) to a one-year deal worth $600,000.

-The Red Wigns re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Derek Meech to a one-year contract worth $500,000.

-The Blues re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Blue Jackets re-signed restricted free agent forwards Tom Sestito and Chad Kolarik and defenseman Grant Clitsome to one-year, two-way contracts.

Northwest Division

-The Wild signed captain Mikko Koivu (right), 27, to a seven-year contract extension worth a total of $47.25 million. The contract, which has a no-trade clause, will have a salary cap hit of $6.75 million and will kick in once Koivu's current deal expires at the end of 2010-11. It is the largest contract in franchise history.

-Minnesota also re-signed goaltender Anton Khudobin to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Oilers re-hired former forward and former Penguin Kelly Buchberger as an assistant coach and also hired former defenseman Steve Smith as an assistant coach.

-Former Penguins forward Todd Nelson was named head coach of the Oklahoma City Barons, the Oilers' AHL affiliate. Nelson, a fourth-round pick in 1989, appeared in one game for the Penguins in 1991-92.

-The Flames re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Matt Keetley to a one-year, two-way deal.

-Former Canucks forward Pavol Demitra (right, playing for Slovakia in the Olympics) joined Yaroslavl of the KHL. In addition to the Canucks, Demitra also played for the Senators, Blues, Kings and Wild.

Pacific Division

-The Stars agreed to terms to re-sign defensemen Brad Lukowich, Maxime Fortunus and Trevor Ludwig to one-year, two-way contracts.

-The Ducks re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to a one-year, two-way deal.

-The Sharks re-signed unrestricted free agent forward T.J. Trevelyan and signed defenseman Sean Sullivan to one-year contracts. Terms were not released.

Patrick Division

-Robert Morris released its men's and women's hockey schedules for 2010-11.

-Click here for the men's schedule.

-Click here for the women's schedule.

-Today would've been the 112th birthday of Archie Briden, a former forward with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates.

(Photos: Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Zigomanis-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Campbell-Abelimages/Getty Images; Brind'Amour-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Skille-Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Koivu-Tom Olmscheid/Associated Press; Demitra-Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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