Empty Netter Assists - 10-21-10

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-So far so good for Jordan Staal (above) in practices (PG+).

-Did Sidney Crosby work on his slap shot in the offseason (PG+)?

-Staal speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks, dresses as if he's going to the club after practice


-Do you want some cloudy sloshy water from a decrepit old shack of a building? Here you go. Ice water from the Civic Arena is now on sale:

-Speaking of stuff for sale, Icethetics spotted this Winter Classic themed t-shirt jersey:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ryan Craig is still dealing with a wonky groin.

-Today would've been the 61st birthday of former Penguins forward Michel Briere. A third-round pick in 1969, Briere's all-too-short NHL career amounted to 76 games, 12 goals, 32 assists and 44 points with the 1969-70 Penguins. His assists set a franchise record at the time. During that spring's playoffs, Briere appeared in 10 games and scored eight points. One of his points was an overtime goal in a 3-2 win in Game 4 in a quarterfinal series against the California Seals. It was the first playoff series win in franchise history. Offseason, Briere suffered severe injuries in a car wreck in Quebec. Despite multiple surgeries, he died as a resutlts of his injries, April 13, 1971. In response, the team retired his No. 21. To date, only Briere and Mario Lemieux have had their numbers retired by the franchise. Today, the team's rookie of the year award is named after him.

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-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins goaltender Vincent Tremblay. Acquired in the 1983 offseason, Tremblay's entire Penguins' career amounted to four games, a 0-4-0 record, .6.00 goals against average and 831 save percentage. While Tremblay's numbers with the Penguins are the furthest thing from being remarkable, his presense led to the most important move in franchise history. Late in the 1983-84, the Penguins suspiciously demoted respectable goaltender Roberto Romano to Baltimore of the AHL and recalled Tremblay, a career journeyman, late in the season "to see what he can do." Well all Tremblay could do was lose his four appearances in the Penguins and "help" them finish in last place and "earn" a chance to draft Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick in the 1984 draft.

Atlantic Division

-Rangers goon Derek Boogaard, he of the $1.625 million salary cap hit, has yet to have a fight this season.

-"He was on my team. But he wasn’t my teammate.” - Maple Leafs forward and former Penguin Mike Zigomanis on playing junior hockey with Sean Avery. They were "not teammates" with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs.

Northeast Division

-Chris Butler and Steve Montador each had two assists for the Sabres in a 4-1 win at Atlanta. Ryan Miller made all of 17 saves in the victory.

-Buffalo's Tyer Ennis being popular:

-Maple Leafs forwad and former Penguin Colby Armstrong. A figure skater?

-Senators general manager Bryan Murray ripped his struggling team pretty good yesterday.

-The Senators demoted forward Zack Smith to Binghamton of the AHL.

-Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler will sing the national anthem at the Bruins' home opener tonight.

Southeast Division

-Former Penguins forward Adam Hall is centering a pretty solid fourth line in Tampa Bay.

-Panthers forward Byron Bitz underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Central Division

-Shootout goals by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane (above) gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win against the Canucks. Marty Turco made 36 saves in the victory.

-The shootout:

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-Happy times for Chicago's Viktor Stalberg:

-Funny Face of the Night: Vancouver's Raffi Torres:

-Vancouver's Roberto Luongo kept his eyes on this puck:

-Luongo had issues with this shootout shot by Toews:

-Everyone on the Canucks' bench seemed to be watching their goal:

-Two goals by Rick Nash lifted the Blue Jackets to a 3-1 win against the Ducks. Steve Mason made 31 saves in the victory.

-Mason kept his eyes on this puck:

-Columbus forward Ethan Moreau suffered a broken right hand in the game.

-Only 9,802 tickets were sold for this game. It was the smallest crowd in Blue Jackets' history.

-Red Wings forward Kris Draper will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a sports hernia.

Northwest Division

-Canucks forward Rick Rypien was suspened indefinitely by the NHL for grabbing a Minnesota fan Tuesday.

-James Enquist, the fan Rypien grabbed, said he is seeking legal representation.

-Avalanche forward David Jones is dealing with an arm injury.

-Colorado recalled forward David Van der Gulik from Lake Erie of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Anze Kopitar lifted the Kings to a 4-3 win against the Hurricanes. Jonathan Bernier (above, stopping Carolina's Jeff Skinner) made 27 saves in the victory. Eric Staal led Carolina with a goal and an assist.

-Los Angeles' Davis Drewiske > Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu:

-Happy times for the Kings. Not so much for Carolina's Patrick O'Sullivan:

-Bernier didn't keep his eyes on this puck:

-Carolina's Justin Peters did:

-Skinner had a poor reaction when he tried to lick the Lemonheads board advertising:

-We think.

-Kings defenseman Drew Doughty left the game due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Los Angeles defenseman Matt Greene was medically cleared to begin practicing.

Smythe Division

-Former Nordiques/Avalanche/Sharks/Maple Leafs/Coyotes/Wild forward Owen Nolan is joining ZSC of the NLA in Switzerland.

-Do yourself a favor and read this eye-opening story by Wayne Maki of the Globe and Mail about the meager pensions some former NHL stars barely get by on.

(Photos: Staal-Getty Images; Sabres/Islanders-John Bazemore/Associated Press; Canucks/Blackhawks-Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Ducks/Blue Jackets-Terry Gilliam/Associated Press; Hurricanes/Kings-Jeff Gross/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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