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Empty Netter Assists - 10-02-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Maxime Talbot (above) is a superstar.

-Where will the Penguins finish this season?

-Pitt > Penguins?

-Bill Guerin is still hoping to play for the United States in the 2010 Olympics.

-The Penguins will give former defenseman Rob Scuderi his Stanley Cup ring when they travel Nov. 5 to Los Angeles to face Scuderi and his new team, the Kings.

-Eric Roberts Tony Granato talks about joining the Penguins with Dan Potash:

-"He is the Rafael Nadal of hockey, and (Sidney) Crosby is (Roger) Federer." - Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman offering an interesting comparison of Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Crosby.

-EN co-worker Dan Gigler spotted an interesting display at the City-County Building yesterday:

-Sean's Ramblings asked us and others some Penguins questions. We answered.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins officially signed forward Ryan Schnell and demoted him to Wheeling of the ECHL. Also included in that link is a clarification on Penguins forward Chris Bourque's waiver situation. Basically, the NHL Penguins can't send him down to the AHL without risking losing him back to the Capitals.

-"It definitely caught me off guard." - WIlkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland on essentially losing the No. 7 defenseman on the NHL Penguins' roster to Martin Skoula.

-The AHL's season kicks off tonight with two games. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins start their season tomorrow night with a home game against the Syracuse Crunch starting at 7:05 p.m.

-The ECHL does not start its season until Wednesday. The Wheeling Nailers host the rival Johnstown Chiefs at 7:05 p.m.

-The Nailers' training camp officially begins today at 3 p.m.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Gordie Roberts (right, with a slightly more celebrated player). A member of the franchise's first two Stanley Cup championship teams, Roberts is currently a scout for the Canadiens.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins forward Tim Hrynewich. Hrynewich and tough guy Marty McSorley were dealt to the Oilers in 1985 in a trade that brought current goaltending coach Gilles Meloche and Craig Muni to Pittsburgh.

-Happy 25th birthday to former Penguins forward Jonathan Filewich. Filewich, who led the 2006-07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in goals (30) and points (56), is currently playing for EC Salzburg in Austria.

-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Doug Barrie. He played in eight games for the 1968-69 team recording one goal and one assist.

Atlantic Division

-New Jersey "cut" forward Brendan Shanahan. The 40-year-old still remains on the roster and counts towards the salary cap.

-Devils goaltending prospect Jeff Frazee suffered a throat laceration from a skate during a scrimmage yesterday. He is expected to take seven to 10 days to recover.

-The Islanders are being pretty mum over if Martin Biron or Dwayne Roloson will start in net for their home-opener Saturday against the Penguins. Forwards Trent Hunter (pectoral) and Kyle Okposo (concussion) are expected to play.

-The Islanders officially named forward Doug Weight (right) as captain. Weight is not expected to play in Saturday's game due to a groin injury. The team's previous captain was forward Bill Guerin who was traded to the Penguins at the trade deadline last season.

-Islanders owner Charles Wang said he is no longer willing to negotiate with local officials over the terms of the Lighthouse project which would renovate Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding property.

-The Flyers offiically signed former Rangers forward Blair Betts to a one-year contract. He was in training camp on a tryout basis.

-Philadelphia recalled goaltender Michael-Lee Teslak and defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon from Adirondack of the AHL.

-Former Flyers captain Keith Primeau, whose career was cut short due to concussions, is taking an active role in preventing and treating head injuries in youth sports.

-Unintentionally Hilarious Headline of the Day: "Is Pronger the Missing Link?"

-Charles Lyell not available for comment.

Northeast Division

-Josh Gorges' overtime goal gave the Canadiens a 4-3 win in Toronto. Gorges and Glen Metropolit each had a goal and an assist for Montreal while Carey Price made a whopping 43 saves for the win. Former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill had 23:28 of playing time in his Montreal debut and was a minus-1, recorded three blocked shots and was "credited" with five giveaways. Yeesh. Promote Ray Shero. Matt Stajan scored two goals for Toronto.

-Check out this goal by Montreal's Brian Gionta (and the pass in traffic by Mike Cammalleri to set it up):

-It didn't take time for Canadiens enforcer and former Penguins forward Georges Laraque to dance with his old friend, Maple Leafs goon Colton Orr:

-Montreal's Tavis Moen danced with Toronto's Jay Rosehill:

-Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov suffered a cut foot last night when he was slashed by the skate of teammate and goaltender Carey Price.

-Canadian fans just do anthems better than us Yanks:

-"It's neat to have someone actually look up to you." - Canadiens forward Scott Gomez (5-foot-11) on teammate Brian Gionta (5-foot-7).

-The Senators recalled defenseman Christoph Schubert from Binghamton of the AHL and placed him on re-entry waivers. If another team claims him, Ottawa would only be on the hook for half of his salary of $900,000.

Southeast Division

-Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich each had two goals and an assist for the Capitals who won in Boston, 4-1. Nicklas Backstrom added three assists.

-Shawn Thornton of the Bruins and John Erskine of the Capitals had a decent tilt:

-The Thrashers named defensemen Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey as alternate captains. They join forwards Slava Kozlov and Colby Armstrong, a former Penguin.

-Atlanta demoted defenseman Nathan Oystrick to Chicago of the AHL.

-Forward David Booth has become the face of the Panthers.

-Florida, which is opening the season today in Finland, has been hit by the flu bug. Forward Stephen Weiss, and defensemen Keith Ballard, Bryan Allen and Jordan Leopold skipped practice yesterday. We bet they're eating too much kaalikääryleet.

-The Lightning named defenseman Mattias Ohlund as an alternate captain.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks, who are starting the season today in Finland, are using the fact that the Penguins started last season in Sweden and eventually won the Stanley Cup as inspiration for their own Cup-winning goals.

-Predators forward Jordin Tootoo is dealing with a groin injury.

-Blue Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman, recently acquired from the Flames, is having problems entering the United States due to a work visa.

Northwest Division

-Wojtek Wolski scored two goals for the Avalanche which beat the Sharks, 5-2. Paul Stastny had two assists while Craig Anderson made 38 saves in his Colorado debut. Avalanche rookie forward Matt Duchene, the third overall pick in this summer's draft, scored his first career NHL point by recording an assist. Patrick Marleau scored both of San Jose's goals.

-Prior to the game, the Avalanche retired the No. 19 of former captain Joe Sakic (above).

-19th Street in Denver was renamed "Joe Sakic Way" yesterday.

-Rene Bourque and Mark Giordano each had a goal and an assist for the Flames who beat the rival Canucks, 5-3. Miikka Kiprusoff made 39 saves in the win.

-Check out this save Kiprusoff made on Vancouver's Henrik Sedin:

-Check out this hit Calgary's Eric Nystrom stuck on Vancouver's Ryan Johnson:

-Check out this goal Vancouver forward and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson tipped in:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-We mentioned this last night, but how awesome are the Flames' new/old unis?

-The Flames hired former defenseman Rhett Warrener as a scout.

-Calgary defenseman Cory Sarich is dealing with a foot injury.

-Oilers forward Liam Reddox cleared waivers and was demoted to Springfield of the AHL.

-The Vancouver Sun ranked the top 40 players in Canucks history. Former Penguins forward Markus Naslund checks in at No. 4.

Pacific Division

-The Stars officially announced their four-year contract extension worth a total of $13.2 million with defenseman Stephane Robidas  (right).

-Phoenix demoted forward Kevin Porter to San Antonio of the AHL and signed forward Kevin Long to an entry-level contract.

-The Coyotes have compiled a "Czech" Line comprised of Martin Hanzal, Petr Prucha and Radim Vrbata, all of whom are natives of... you guessed it... the Czech Republic.

-The Coyotes' biggest problem isn't Jim Balsillie or being bankrupt. It's being a perennial loser.

-Former Sharks defenseman Jeff Jillson has joined HD Pardubice in the Czech Republic.

-With blueliners Francois Beauchemin and Chris Pronger gone, the Ducks will rely on defenseman and captain Scott Niedermayer even more than ever.

-Anaheim forward Petteri Nokelainen is dealing with a groin injury.

Adams Division

-DirecTV and Versus aren't anywhere closer towards reaching an agreement.

-The NHL had a pretty rough summer.

-By way of BuzzFeed (by way of Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo!), the University of Alaska-Fairbanks pregame montage from 2007-08:

-Today would've been the 102nd birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Red Beattie.

(Photos: Talbot, Roberts and Weight-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Sakic-David Zalubowski/Associated Press; Flames-Mike Ridewood/Getty Images; Robidas-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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