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Empty Netter Assists - 09-19-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"I live downtown so I heard it every day."- Kris Letang, a native of Montreal, on losing to the Canadiens in last season's playoffs.

-If you can imagine such a thing, the Sidney Crosby (above) skated with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz..

-Approximately 6,000 showed up for practice yesterday.

-Mark Letestu had a good first day of camp.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Some photos from practice. Crosby challenging to defensemen:

-A shiny new home:

-Some shiny new ice:

-Chris Kunitz going to the net against Brent Johnson:

-Crosby ripping one on Mattias Modig:

-Crosby is popular:

-IceBurgh attempts to star the wave proved unsucessful:

-Happy 40th birthday to current Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. Promoted from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton midway through the 2008-09 season as a replacement for Michel Therrien, Bylsma led the Penguins to an 18-3-4 record down the stretch and the third Stanley Cup title in franchise history. He became the 14th coach in NHL history to lead a team to a championship in his first season. Last season, the Penguins had a 47-28-7 record under Bylsma and reached the postseason once again. Overall, he has a 65-28-7 record. His win total the ninth-best total in franchise history.

Atlantic Division

-If you can imagine such a thing, there's a superstar Russian forward changing positions in the Atlantic Division. The Devils are moving Ilya Kovalchuk from left wing to right wing and teaming him on a line with Travis Zajac and Zach Parise.

-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (right) is apparently a Quebec Nordiques fan.

-New Jersey is kicking around the idea of retiring the No. 27 of former defenseman Scott Niedermayer.

-Islanders forward and former Penguin Andy Hilbert is dealing with a groin strain.

-Is it a surprise that former Penguins forward Bill Guerin is already popular in the Flyers' locker room?

-To say the least, the Flyers haven't had a lot of stability in net in the past decade.

-Former Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko (right), currently in the Rangers' camp on a tryout basis, apparently quit eating Primanti's. He's down to 200 pounds after playing around 215 pounds last season.

-Everyone in New York must be watching "The Biggest Loser." New Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard dropped approximately 30 pounds this offseason.

Northeast Division

-After hitting a rut in the ice yesterday, Senators defenseman Filip Kuba was forced to go to a hospital due to a leg injury.

-A knee sprain will sideline Sabres defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani four to six weeks.

-Unrestricted free agent forward Mark Parrish, formerly of the Lightning, is attending the Sabres' training camp on a tryout basis.

-As the big return in the deal which sent playoff hero Jaroslav Halak, forward Lars Eller is already feeling the heat in Montreal.

-The Bruins have teamed 18-year-old forward Tyler Seguin, the No 2 pick in this summer's draft, with 42-year-old former Penguins forward Mark Recchi (right).

-Maple Leafs forward and former Penguin Luca Caputi beefed up this offseason by adding 15 pounds. Fire Ray Shero.

Southeast Division

-Former Penguins forward Adam Hall is fighting for a roster spot with the Lightning.

-Florida forward David Booth claims he's feels good after suffering two concussions last season.

-Atlanta's Dustin Byfuglien has no problem moving from forward back to defense.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets defined former coach Ken Hitchcock's role with the club as a "special advisor." Hitchcock primarily evaluates the clubs junior and college prospects.

-The Blues have a promotion this year where fans can buy tickets for half price. They only have to pay the other half if St. Louis makes the playoffs.

-Davis Payne, entering his first training camp as the Blues' coach, sounds a lot like Dan Bylsma.

-Red Wings forward Kris Draper is dealing with a groin injury. No word if he injured while waiting for Sidney Crosby's handshake.

Northwest Division

-It looks like Oilers defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney (right) is finally comfortable with his feet after having surgery on both his arches.

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo dropped eight pounds this summer after cycling approximately 1,200 miles.

-After years of dominating in the AHL, forward Alexandre Giroux is trying to stick in the NHL with the Oilers.

-Peter Best, a 15-year-old from Minnesota, won a contest to design the mask of Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

Pacific Division

-The level of expertise went up in Anaheim this offseason as the Ducks brought in defenseman Andy Sutton.

-Dallas forward Mike Ribeiro hit the weights this offseason. He's up to 177 pounds after playing at 165 last season.

-Stars forward Brad Richards, one of the highest paid players in the NHL with a salary cap hit of $7.8 million, is entering the final year of his contract.

-"I don't really like that so much." - Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle being sarcastic about the Blackhawks-themed gear of new goaltender Antti Niemi. Niemi was in goal for Chicago during a sweep of the Sharks during last season's Western Conference final.

Smythe Division

-Today would've been teh 119th birthday of Odie Cleghorn, a forward with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates.

(Photos: Penguins pracitce-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Brodeur-Bill Kostroun/Associated Press; Fedotenko-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Recchi-Elsa/Getty Images; Whitney-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Backstrom-Michael Russo/Star Tribune; Richards-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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