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Empty Netter Assists - Cup days - 07-12-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Left winger Scott Wilson (right) will spend his day with the Stanley Cup in his native Oakville, Ontario Thursday.

-Goaltender Matt Murray will spend his day with the Stanley Cup in his native Thunder Bay, Ont. July 19.

-Center Eric Fehr will spend his day with the Stanley Cup in his native Winkler, Manitoba July 20.

-Captain/center Sidney Crosby's hockey camp in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia is drawing attendees from around the world.

-Happy 66th birthday to former Penguins goaltender and former goaltending coach Gilles Meloche. Acquired in the 1985 offseason in a deal which sent defensemen Marty McSorley, Craig Muni and left winger Tim Hrynewich to the Oilers, Meloche spent the final three seasons of his 18-year NHL playing career with the Penguins. Platooning with goaltender Roberto Romano in 1985-86, Meloche appeared in 34 games and had a record of 13-15-5 with a 3.59 goals against average and .881 save percentage. In 1986-87, Meloche took over as the team's primary starter as he saw action in 43 games. He had a record of 13-19-7 with a 3.43 goals against average and .881 save percentage. His final season in the NHL was 1987-88 as he only appeared in 27 games and compiled an 8-9-5 record with a 4.09 goals against average and .868 save percentage. He retired in the 1988 offseason having appeared in 104 games for the Penguins with a record of 34-43-17, a 3.65 goals against average and .878 save percentage. Meloche rejoined the organization in 1989 with a front office role and eventually moved into a position as goaltending coach. He is currently a scout with the team. A member of all four of the franchise's Stanley Cup championship teams, Meloche is the father of former Penguins right winger Eric Meloche.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Flyers re-signed restricted free agent forward Jordan Weal to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Flyers signed undrafted free agent forward Roman Lyubimov, formerly of CSKA Moskow, to a one-year, entry-level contract.

-The Capitals signed forward Zach Sanford, a second-round pick in 2013, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Atlantic Divison

-Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly (right) was acquitted of all charges related to accusations he drove a vehicle impaired into a Tim Horton's coffee shop in Lucan, Ont. last year.

-The Canadiens will move their American Hockey League affilite from St. John's, Newfoundland to Laval, Quebec in 2017.

Central Division

-Blackhawks forward prospect and Erie Otter Alex DeBrincat won't be held back by his 5-foot-7 frame.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes re-signed unrestricted free agent captain/forward Shane Doan to a one-year contract. Exact financial terms have not been reported. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $5.3 million, Doan, 39, appeared in 72 games last season and scored 47 points (28 goals, 19 assists) last season. Doan has spent his entire 20-season career with the Coyotes/Jets franchise.

-EN Says: Few players are more identifiable with one franchise than Doan is with the Coyotes. He rediscoved his scoring touch a little bit by nearly hitting the 30-goal mark. It's hard to see him hitting 28 goals again but he's still a viable top-six winger and is a good presence to have around a mostly younger roster.

-The Ducks re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a one-year contract worth $700,000. Coming off a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $750,000, Holzer, 28, appeared in 29 games last season and recorded three assists. 

-EN Says: Holzer is a dependable No. 7 defenseman who plays a physical game.

-The Kings re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Derek Forbort as well as forward Nic Dowd to two-year two-way contracts and signed restricted free agent goaltender Jack Campbell, formerly of the Stars, to a two-year two-way contract. Campbell's signing rights were acquired via trade.

-The Sharks re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, two-way contract.

-The Sharks signed former Devils defensive prospect Dan Kelly to a one-year, two-way contract.

-Las Vegas' expansion NHL franchise is closing in on hiring a new general manager.

Smythe Division

-The schedule for arbitration hearings has been released

-Some folks in Hartford still love their Whalers.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Divisive Times

Written by Rob Rogers on .

There is a lot of healing that needs to happen around the topic of race in this country. It may take a while. In the meantime, how about banning those assault weapons?

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John Baer: The Donald Newt, perfect together

I'm thinking Donald Trump ought to tap one Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich as his running mate....

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Empty Netter Assists - Kessel dealt with hand injury all season - 07-10-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Right winger Phil Kessel's (right) surgically repaired hand was something which bothered him all season according to general manager Jim Rutherford.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Alain Nasreddine. Acquired at the 2004 trade deadline in a deal which sent right winger Steve Webb to the Islanders, Nasreddine spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Following the 2004-05 lockout, he appeared in six games and didn't record a point for the Penguins in 2005-06. The 2006-07 campaign was his finest as an NHLer as he appeared in a career-high 44 games and scored five points. In 2007-08, Nasreddine was limited to six games and no points. During the 2008 offseason, he joined the Sinupret Ice Tigers Nurnberg of the DEL in Germany. He is currently an assistant coach with the Devils.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Hurricanes signed defenseman Jake Bean and forward Julien Gauthier, each first-round picks in this year's draft, to three-year entry-level contracts.

Atlantic Division

-The Lightning signed unrestricted free agent forward Mike Halmo, formerly of the Islanders, to a one-year, two-way contract.

Norris Division

-Former Flyers defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev has joined Avangard Omsk of Russia's KHL.

-Former Blues defenseman Cade Fairchild has joined Rögle BK of Sweden's SHL.

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Senseless Killing

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas started out as a peaceful protest against the shootings of African Americans by police in Minnesota and Louisiana. We should not let a few zealots with guns change the conversation. It still needs to be addressed. 

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