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Empty Netter Assists - 09-08-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Sidney Crosby (above) participated in a high-altitude clinic in Colorado over the weekend (PG+).

-The Penguins will take part in a rookie camp Friday through Tuesday in London, Ont. (PG+). The Blackhawks, Maple Leafs and Senators will also take part in the camp.

-Click here for a camp roster (.pdf).

-The Penguins released their promotional schedule for next season. A lot more goodies available than the the last few seasons at Mellon Arena. Tragically, this hat's ample potential is wiped out by that lame, cursive "Pittsburgh" on the bill.

-Faceoff-Factor chats with Penguins prospect Nick Johnson.

-"But then Pittsburgh made the deal and we were very close to signing with them. But we wanted to see who else would be involved." - Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis on the Penguins acquiring his signing rights in June.

-Former Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque (right) will participate in "Battle of the Blades" a reality show on CBC which has former NHLers pair up with female figures skaters in an ice dancing competition. Laraque will be joined by former NHLers Patrice Brisebois, Valeri Bure, Kelly Chase, Russ Courtnall, Theo Fleury, PJ Stock and Todd Warriner.

-The City Game (AKA Duquesne-Pitt men's basketball) will be played at Consol Energy Center next season.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jay McKee. A free agent signing in the 2009 offseason, McKee appeared in 62 games for the Penguins last season, scored 10 points and led the team with 137 blocked shots. He saw action in five postseason contests and failed to record a point. He was not re-signed following the season and is currently an unrestricted free agent.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Norm Maciver (right). Acquired at the 1995 trade deadline along with Troy Murray in a deal which sent Martin Straka to the Senators, Maciver spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1994-95 by appearing in 13 games for the Penguins and recording nine assists. That spring, he played in 12 postseason games and scored five points. After 32 games and 23 points in 1995-96, Maciver was dealt midseason to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Neil Wilkinson. It was the last trade between the two franchises before the Jets relocated to Phoenix in the summer of 1996. In 45 games for the Penguins, Maciver recorded 32 points. He is currently the director of player development for the Blackhawks.

Atlantic Division

-Rick DiPietro says his chonically wonky knee "feels good" heading into training camp. Injuries have limited DiPietro to 13 games the past two seasons.

-The Devils shot down speculation they asked forward Brian Rolston (right) to waive his no-trade clause.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens signed unrestricted free agent forward Jeff Halpern, formel of the Kings, to a one-year deal worth $600,000.

Southeast Division

-We're guessing Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis is clipping coupons apparently.

-The Lightning hired Frantz Jean as goaltending coach.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason (right) has apparently quit getting extra cheese on his Whopper. He has dropped approximately 12 to 15 pounds this offseason.

-Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, the son of former Penguins coach Scotty Bowman, was promoted to vice president/general manager.

-The Staals Filppulas are brothers. And they could each play for the Red Wings this upcoming season.

Northwest Division

-Wild forward James Sheppard underwent surgery for a broken left kneecap suffered in an ATV accident. He is expected to be sidelined for four months.

Pacific Division

-A report by the normally so reliable New York Post stating the Ducks had reached a contract agreement with restricted free agent forward Bobby Ryan (right) was shot down.

-Unrestricted free agent forward Kyle Wellwood, formerly of the Canucks, will attend the Coyotes' training camp on a tryout basis.

-The Coyotes will put single-game tickets on sale Friday. The Penguins travel to Phoenix Nov. 6.

Adams Division

-Today would've been the 80th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Jack McIntyre.

(Photos: Crosby-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Hat-Pittsburgh Penguins; Laraque-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Maciver-Penguins Hockey Cards; Rolston-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Mason-Mark J. Terrill; Ryan-Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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