Empty Netter Assists - 08-06-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-The Penguins invited several bloggers, including ourselves, on a tour of Consol Energy Center (above, with pro-PG grafitti propaganda) yesterday. We'll have a brief report on Monday. In the meantime check out the reports from Faceoff-Factor and From The Point.

-Are you mad about Winter Classic tickets? So are Capitals fans. And they're letting Washington owner Ted Leonsis know about it.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Joey Mormina has joined the Kassel Huskies in Germany.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Bennett Wolf. A third-round pick in 1979, Wolf spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie, he appeared in a career-high 24 games and recorded one assist in 1980-81. He appeared in five games in 1981-82 and one game in 1982-83 and never played in the NHL again. The organization released him in the 1985 offseason.

Atlantic Division

-A arbitrator's decision on forward Ilya Kovalchuk's (right) disputed contract with the Devils is expected to be delivered Monday.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Senators re-signed defenseman Geoff Kinrade to a one-year, two-way contract.

-Ottawa also signed forward Corey Cowick, a sixth-round pick in 2009, to an entry-level contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

Southeast Division

-The Panthers acquired forward Mike Santorelli from the Predators in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2011.

Central Division

-The Red Wings will officially sign unrestricted free agent forward Mike Modano (right), formerly of the Stars, to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million today.

Pacific Divsion

-The Sharks signed unrestricted free agent forward Jamal Mayers, formerly of the Flames, to a one-year contract. According to Cap Geek, the deal is worth $600,000.

-San Jose also re-signed free agent forward Steven Zalewski and defenseman Derek Joslin to a one-year contracts. Terms of the deals were not released.

Patrick Division

-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail examines the rash of peculiar arbitration cases.

-Former Stars/Blues/Flames goaltender Roman Turek has retired. He spent the past six seasons with HC Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic.

-Former Blues/Flyers/Capitals goaltender Wayne Stephenson (right), owner of one of the most iconic goalie masks in NHL history, passed away. He was 65. Stephenson's main claim to fame was being the Flyers' starting goaltender when they beat the Soviet Red Army team in an exhibition game, 4-1, in 1976.

(Photos: Consol Energy Center-EN Studios; Kovalchuk-Chris McGrath/Getty Images; Modano-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Stephenson-Photobucket)

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