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Empty Netter Assists - 09-15-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-It's kind of easy to forget that Eric Tangradi (above) only has one season of professional experience on his resume.

-Some photos from the Penguins' final game of their rookie tournament in London, Ont. Patrick Killeen kept his eyes on this puck:

-Simon Despres battles with Chicago's Jeremy Morin:

-Geoff Walker battling with Chicago's Nick Leddy:

-Evgeni Malkin, filming a TSN commercial yesterday, appears to have had an unfortunate run in with a set of clippers:

-Either that, or he has "To The Extreme" playing on a non-stop shuffle on his iPod.

-The City-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority is scheduled to vote on the fate of the Civic Arena Thursday.

Atlantic Division

-"I’m confident in my abilities still. I know the birth certificate says almost 40 but I feel almost 25." - Former Penguins forward Bill Guerin (right) on accepting a tryout offer with the rival Flyers.

-"I need to prove what I can bring." - Former Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko on accepting a tryout offer with the Rangers.

-The Rangers are still trying to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman Marc Staal.

-Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela will begin the season on long-term injured reserve due to to a knee injury.

-New Jersey will not appeal the penalties levied against them by the NHL for the botched first contract with Ilya Kovalchuk.

Northeast Division

-Unrestricted free agent forward Brian McGrattan, formerly of the Flames, has been invited to the Bruins' training camp on a tryout basis.

-Bruins forward Marco Sturm (right) will begin the season on long-term injured reserve due to a knee injury he suffered in last season's playoffs.

-Sabres defenseman Mike Weber, a Pittsburgh native, is once again fighting an uphill battle to make Buffalo's NHL roster.

-Former Robert Morris defenseman Dave Cowan suited up for the Maple Leafs in the rookie tournament in London, Ont.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers took a page out of the Penguins' marketing playbook and sent forwards Eric Boulton, Jim Slater, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and defenseman Boris Valabik out to deliver season tickets.

-"I'm back here to retire." - Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina on re-signing with the club. He was a member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup championship.

-Courtesy of Yahoo's Greg Wyshynski, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has a new Capital One commercial with Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb:

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-After a pretty ugly eye injury in last season's playoffs, Capitals defenseman Tom Poti will be sporting a visor.

Central Division

-"I'm 100 percent ready to go." - Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla who missed most of last season due to some pretty severe groin and abdominal injuries suffered in November.

-Courtesy of EN reader Scott Berg, the Blue Jackets have a pre-sale going on for a select number of games including the Penguins' visit Dec. 4 the information, including the password:

-Click here for the direct link for tickets to the Dec. 4 game.

-Don't expect new Red Wings forward Mike Modano and defenseman Ruslan Salei to be roommates on the road.

Northwest Division

-Bruce Ciskie of AOL Fanhouse has a pretty decent story about year two of the Chuck Fletcher-Todd Richards regime in Minnesota. Fletcher is a former assistant general manager of the Penguins and Richards is a former head coach at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks finally agreed to a new contract with restricted free agent forward Bobby Ryan (right). His deal is for five years and a total of 25.5 million. Ryan, the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft after that stiff the Penguins took, will have a salary cap hit of $5.1 million.

-The Coyotes signed unrestricted free agent forward Eric Belanger, formerly of the Capitals, to a one-year deal worth $775,000.

Adams Division

-The NHL approved a new tiebreaker system for determining playoff seeding. Essentially, the first tiebreaker will be victories in regulation and overtime.

-Unrestricted free agent forward Brendan Morrison, formerly of the Capitals, is still looking for work.

-Former Blues forward Mike Glumac has joined the Straubing Tigers in Germany.

-Happy 81st birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Dusty Blair.

(Photos: Tangradi-Matt Freed/Post-Gazette; Penguins/Blackhawks-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Malkin-Pittsburgh Penguins; Guerin-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Sturm-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Ryan-Harry How/Getty Images)

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