Empty Netter Assists - 07-24-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Mayer. A free agent signing in the 1987 offseason, Mayer's entire NHL career amounted to one game and four penalty minutes with the Penguins in 1987-88. At the 1989 trade deadline, Mayer was dealt to the Kings in exchange for Tim Tookey.

Atlantic Division

-MSG fired Billy Jaffe as a color commentator for Islanders broadcasts.

Northeast Division

-Bruins forward David Krejci (right) is still recovering from a broken wrist he suffered in the playoffs.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning fired goaltender Cap Raeder and former Penguins defenseman Jim Johnson (right) as coach of its AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

-Tampa Bay did hire former Oilers assistant coach Wayne Flemming as an assitant coach.

-The Lightning also signed unrestricted free agent forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot, formerly of the Oilers, to a one-year, two-way contract.

-Capitals defenseman Tom Poti has recovered from a facial injury he suffered in the playoffs.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks re-signed restricted free agent forward Bryan Bickell to a three-year deal worth a total of $1,625,000. He will have a salary cap hit of roughly $541,000.

-Red Wings defensive prospect Ben Marshall suffered a broken wrist during prospect camp.

Northwest Division

-Oft-injured Canucks defenseman Sami Salo suffered a torn Achilles ligament while training in Finland.

Pacific Division

-The Stars avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Fabian Brunnstrom (right) and signed him to a one-year contract worth $675,000.

Patrick Division

-Happy 68th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Roger Lafreniere.

(Photos: Krejci-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Johnson-Penguins Hockey Cards; Brunnstrom-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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