Empty Netter Assists - 9-23-09

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-Brent Johnson, Jay McKee (above, with Rickard Wallin) and Mike Rupp are already fitting in with the Penguins.

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. Brent Johnson (knee) and Ben Lovejoy (shoulder) were each dinged up.

-The Globe and Mail's recap. Nazem Kadri, the Maple Leafs' first-round pick this summer, put on a show.

-The Toronto Star's recap. A slightly better version of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins lost to a slightly watered-down version Toronto Maple Leafs.

-The cheapest ticket available for this game was $95 Canadian. (Or $2.73 American.)

-Last night's highlights courtesy of EN commenter Ghostwalker38:

-FSN Pittsburgh released its broadcast schedule. Basically it's "We have everything Versus and NBC won't screw up. And Potash."

-Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! spotted this tilt between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Jesse Boulerice and Binghamton's Brett Gallant from Sunday's preseason AHL game:

-Somewhat Inaccurate Lead of the Day: From Anthony Cotton of the Denver Post, "There isn't an NHL team this side of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers that doesn't have questions about the upcoming season. And with the days until the opener dwindling, the Avalanche, like every other team, is eager to start finding some answers."

-Technically, the team supposedly without questions is in between those rivers and not really on a particular side of them. See:

-Unavailable for comment:

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers demoted forwards Krys Kolanos, Jared Ross, defensemen Sean Curry and Joey Mormina to Adirondack of the AHL. Kolanos and Mormina are each former members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

-The Rangers demoted forward P.A. Parenteau to Hartford of the AHL.

-Remember how Kansas City was supposed to be a great destination for the Penguins or any other team that might move there like the Islanders? Well, apparently no one told Kansas City that.

-James van Riemsdyk scored two goals for the Flyers in a 5-2 defeat of the Red Wings.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins keep churning out solid commercials. The latest one stars former star player and current executive Seabass Cam Neely:

(Kudos to Illegal Curve for the find.)

-Even if he's the team's longest tenured player, defenseman Henrik Tallinder is fighting for a job with the Sabres.

-Buffalo demoted forwards Tyler Ennis, Paul Byron, Brad Larsen, Maxime Legault, Mark McCutcheon, Kyle Rank, Travis Turnbull, Derek Whitmore, defensemen T.J. Brennan, Dennis Persson, Matt Generous, Mike Kostka, Drew Schiestel, and goaltender J.P. Lamoureux to Portland of the AHL and released defenseman Ryan Stokes and goaltender Glenn Fisher. Ennis (2008), Brennan (2007) and Persson (2006) are all former first-round picks.

-The Senators returned defenseman Jared Cowen (right), their first-round pick in this summer's draft, to his junior team.

-Ottawa forward Chris Neil finally got some payback on Lightning forward Steve Downie. Two years ago, Downie, then a member of the Flyers, took a cheap shot at former Senators forward Dean McAmmond and injured him.

-Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson resumed practicing for the first time since undergoing a minor heart procedure.

-The Maple Leafs demoted forwards Andre Deveaux, Alex Foster, Ryan Hamilton and Ben Ondrus to their AHL affiliate also in Toronto.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes demoted forwards Drayson Bowman, Steven Goetzen, defensemen Bryan Rodney, Brett Carson and goaltender Justin Peters to Albany of the AHL.

-The Capitals demoted defensemen John Carlson, Patrick McNeill, forwards Francois Bouchard, Steve Pinizzotto, Andrew Joudrey and goaltender Jason Bacashihua to Hershey of the AHL.

-Two goals from Jeff Halpern helped the Lightning beat the Coyotes, 2-1.

-Kamil Kreps had a goal and an assist for the Panthers in a 3-1 defeat of the Stars.

Central Division

-And the Blackhawks suffer another blow. Forward Adam Burish (right) will be sidelined six months due to a knee injury.

-Burish is a significant loss for the Blackhawks.

-Chicago demoted forwards Bryan Bickell, Mark Cullen, Rob Klinkhammer, defensemen Daryl Boyle and Brian Connelly to Rockford of the AHL and returned forward Kyle Beach, their first-round pick in 2008, and defenseman Shawn Lalonde to their junior teams.

-Due to a abdominal/groin injury he is still recovering from, the Predators restructured a deal they agreed to with former Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon into a tryout agreement.

-Shootout goals by Antoine Vermette and Nikita Filatov gave the Blue Jackets a 6-5 win against the Bruins.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche defenseman Tom Preissing will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a knee injury.

-The Wild returned defenseman Tyler Cuma, their first-round pick in 2008, to his junior team and demoted goaltenders Wade Dubielewicz, Anton Khudobin, forwards Petr Kalus, Jon DiSalvatore, Duncan Milroy and defenseman Justin Falk to Houston of the AHL.

-Former Penguins forward Ryan Stone still has a shot at making the Oilers' roster out of training camp. Fire Ray Shero.

Pacific Division

-Anaheim is still trying to figure out if Jean-Sebastien Giguere (right) or Jonas Hiller is the club's No. 1 goaltender.

-The Ducks demoted forward Matt McCue to Manitoba of the AHL and put defenseman Steve McCarthy on waivers.

-Anaheim has a pretty sold No. 2 line in the works with Saku Koivu, Joffrey Lupul and Teemu Selanne.

-Los Angeles demoted forwards John Zeiler, a native of Pittsburgh, Brandon Segal, Gabe Gauthier and defenseman Drew Bagnall to Manchester of the AHL.

-The Kings signed forward Kyle Clifford, a second-round pick in this summer's draft, to a three-year entry-level deal.

-The Coyotes demoted forward Ryan Hollweg to San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Sharks demoted forwards Logan Couture, Dwight Helminen, Brandon Mashinter, Ryan Vesce defensemen Nick Petrecki and Danny Groulx to Manchester of the AHL. Couture and Petrecki were each first-round picks in 2007.

-The Kings got two goals from Wayne Simmonds in a 4-2 defeat of the Islanders.

Norris Division

-The NHL is still investigating the long-term contracts signed this offseason by Chicago's Marian Hossa, Vancouver's Roberto Luongo (right) and Philadelphia's Chris Pronger. As soon as the league finds out where this D.B. Cooper fella is, they'll get to the bottom of all these contract hijinks.

-How important is a team's captain?

-Nice to the KHL still has the finest in medical care available. Spartak Moscow forward Martin Kariya, the younger brother of Blues forward Paul Kariya, suffered a head injury in a recent game. Team officials then proceded to remove from the ice with a flipping tarp.

(Photos: McKee-Abelimages/Getty Images; Cowen-Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Burish-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Giguere-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Luongo-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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