Empty Netter Assists - 9-21-09

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-The Penguins' training camp has been kind of boring.

-How many games will Marc-Andre Fleury (above) play next season?

-Rob Hisey and Ryan Schnell each scored goals for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who were spanked, 6-2, by the Binghamton Senators in an exhibition game.

-Former Penguins forward Tomas Surovy has joined Banska Bystrica in Slovakia.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward and current broadcaster Bob Errey. 'Guins Win!

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins forward Troy Loney. Loney's 980 penalty minutes as a Penguin are the second-most in franchise history.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Gord Dineen. He was a member of the franchise's Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1990-91 and 1991-92.

Atlantic Division

-Even if he did play some quality minutes in last season's playoffs, Flyers forward Darroll Powe isn't taking his roster spot for granted.

-Islanders forward Kyle Okposo will undergo further evaluation for a concussion he suffered last week.

-Could the Islanders join the NBA's Nets in Brooklyn?

-Devils forward Brendan Shanahan is encouraging younger players to question the NHLPA's troubles.

-The Devils demoted goaltenders Dave Caruso, Mike McKenna, defensemen Matt Cohen, Matt Taormina, forwards Eric Castonguay, Kevin Cormier, Stephen Gionta, Brad Mills, Kory Nagy, Nathan Perkovich, Louis Robitaille, Brad Snetsinger and Myles Stoesz to Lowell of the AHL and returned defensemen Matt Delahey, Harry Young, forwards Ashton Bernard, Jean-Sebastien Berube and Adam Henrique to their junior teams.

-Martin Biron made 23 saves for the Islanders who beat the Oilers, 3-1.

Northeast Division

-Former Penguins goaltender Andy Chiodo is trying to become the No. 3 goaltender in the Senators' organization.

-The Maple Leafs released former Penguins forward and Fox Chapel native Bill Thomas, demoted forwards Alex Berry, Darryl Boyce, Stefano Giliati, Richard Greenop, Dale Mitchell, Kyle Rogers, Mikhail Stefanovich, defensemen Josh Engel, Tom Galvin, Juraj Mikus, Phil Oreskovic, Todd Perry, Joe Ryan, Greg Scott, Robert Slaney, goaltenders Andrew Engelage and James Reimer to Toronto of the AHL and returned defenseman Jesse Blacker, Brandon Manning and forward Joel Champagne to their junior teams.

-Former Sabres goaltender Mika Norenen has joined JYP in Finland.

-Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for the Bruins who edged the rival Canadiens, 2-1.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes demoted forward Jerome Samson to Albany of the AHL.

-The Capitals demoted forards Anton Gustafsson, Boyd Kane, Michael Dubuc, Joel Broda, Joe Finley, Trevor Bruess, Ryan Jasinsky, Jake Hauswirth, defensemen Patrick Wellar, Zach Miskovic, Dylan Yeo, Vladimir Denisov, Josh Godfrey, goaltenders Todd Ford and Braden Holtby to Hershey of the AHL.

Central Division

-Former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin (right) is fitting in well with the Blues.

-St. Louis demoted defenseman Bryce Lampman, Danny Richmond, a former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin, and forwards Lars Eller and Brett Sonne to Peoria of the AHL and returned goaltender Jake Allen to his junior team.

-The Blue Jackets demoted forwards Trevor Frischmon, Pascal Pelletier, Kevin Harvey, Jon Mirasty, defensemen Brent Regner and Andrey Plekhanov to Syracuse of the AHL, returned forwards Darren Archibald and Scott Tansk to their junior teams and released forwards Jared Aulin, Daniel Steiner and Ian Duval and former Pittsburgh Forge defenseman Dylan Reese from their tryouts.

-The Predators demoted forwards Hugh Jessiman, Ryan Maki, Ian McKenzie, Mark Santorelli, goaltenders Chet Pickard, Jeremy Smith defenseman Scott Ford, Mark Matheson and Russ Sinkewich and Robert Dietrich to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-New Wild forward Martin Havlat is already popular in Minnesota.

-Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincey is one of only two former Red Wings to have suited up for the Avalanche.

-The Oilers demmoted forwards Viacheslav Trukhno, Geoff Paukovich, Colin McDonald, Charles Linglet and defenseman Johan Motin to Springfield of the AHL and released forward Miroslav Lazo.

-Former Penguin Petr Sykora (right, with Kyle Brodziak) scored a goal for the Wild in a 3-0 win at Chicago. Fire Ray Shero. Havlat scored two goals against his former team.

-Milan Hejduk's overtime goal gave the Avalanche a 2-1 win against the Blues.

-A goal and three assists from Curtis Glenncross helped the Flames beat the Panthers, 5-2. Calgary also got a goal and an assist from Theo Fleury.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes demoted goaltenders Joel Gistedt, Josh Tordjman, defensemen Jonas Ahnelov, Chris Frank, Nick Ross, Sean Sullivan, Sean Zimmerman, forwards Justin Bernhardt, Mitch Fritz, Colin Long, Stefan Meyer, Matt Watkins and Andrew Orpik, the brother of Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, to San Antonio of the AHL and released forward Aaron Downey and former Penguins defenseman Ross Lupaschuk (right).

-The Kings demoted forwards Justin Azevedo, Corey Elkins, Bud Holloway, Dwight King, Andrei Loktionov, David Meckler, Juraj Mikus, Oscar Moller, Jordan Nolan, Scott Parse, Michael Pelech, Geoff Walker, defenseman Patrick Mullen, Viatcheslav Voynov and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to Manchester of the AHL, returned defenseman Colten Teubert to his junior team and released forward Dennis McCauley.

-The Ducks demoted forwards Matthew Beleskey, Dan Sexton and goaltender Timo Pielmeier to San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Sharks demoted defenseman Joe Loprieno, forwards Andrew Desjardins, Stephen Zalewski, Kevin Henderson, John McCarthy and goaltender Tyson Sexsmith to Worcester of the AHL.

Adams Division

-Happy 75th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Chuck Holmes.

(Photos: Fleury-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Shanahan-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Conklin-Photobucket; Sykora-Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press; Lupuschuk-eBay)

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