Empty Netter Assists - 9-11-09

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-Barack Obama hates Sidney Crosby.

-A Post-Gazette video of yesterday's festivities.

-From the video, this still of Evgeni Malkin being caught off guard:

-Leave it to Brooks Orpik to still have a scowl on his face.

-The video from the White House's official YouTube channel:

-One-Liner of the Day: "The President delivered some remarks yesterday in which he noted that the Caps/Pens playoff series, 'showed everybody how enthusiastic our hockey fans are also here in the nation's capital.' No one in the audience shouted out 'You lie!'" - Japer's Rink.

-Dan Bylsma and Brooks Orpik on Orpik "losing" his number:

-Some of the players signed autographs at Fort DuPont Ice Rink:

-Defensive prospect Simon Despres knows being a first-rounder doesn't guarantee him a shot in the NHL.

-Someone posted the Penguins' ticket delivery video on YouTube:

-"I look at the roster and I don't think I have a realistic chance to make the team." - Paul Bissonnette on his NHL prospects this season.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have invited former Flyers goon Jesse Boulerice to training camp. Boulerice is probably most renown for a cross-check to the head of Canucks forward Ryan Kesler back in the 2007-08 season that netted him a 25-game season:

-Happy 67th birthday to former Penguins forward Gary Swain. He was the second first-round pick in the franchise's history. He was chosen No. 4 overall in the 1968 draft.

Northeast Division

-Restricted free agent Bruins forward Phil Kessel plans on signing an offer sheet with another NHL team.

-"This is my season." - Sabres defenseman Mike Weber, a native of Pittsburgh, on his prospects of making Buffalo's NHL roster.

Southeast Division

-Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen will be sidelined 2-4 weeks due to a knee ailment.

-The Thrashers confirmed the have had talks with free agent forward and former Ranger Nikolai Zherdev.

-The proposed sale of the Panthers has hit a roadblock.

-Here's one item that surely will never have problems on the open market: A Florida Panthers garter belt.

Central Division

-USA Hockey is trying to do... some... some... something artistic with several of its players such as Chicago forward Patrick Kane (below). And we're pretty sure it failed:

-If you drive a cab and got beat up by him, you'd be the wimpiest cab driver on earth.

-Predators defenseman Ryan Suter is hoping to be the second Olympic gold medalist in his family.

Northwest Division

-Former Senators forward Mike Comrie re-joined the Oilers by signing for one year at $1.25 million.

-The NHL cleared former Flames forward Theo Fleury to return to the league. He was suspended indefinitely in 2003 while with the Blackhawks.

-With Joe Sakic retired, who should take over as the Avalanche's next captain: Adam Foote or Paul Stastny?

-New Wild coach and former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Todd Richards is a competitor.

Pacific Division

-"Complete bull." - Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on reports his team was involved in a mega-trade that would send Senators forward Dany Heatley to San Jose, Sharks forward Patrick Marlea to Los Angeles and Kings forwards Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll to Ottawa.

-The Stars need goaltender Marty Turco (right) to be better next season.

Norris DIvision

-It wasn't an all-around good day in terms of hockey for Barrack Obama. Air Canada has sued his administration over its refusal to allow the airline to stage charter flights to several American cities for NHL teams.

-Today would've been the 66th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Butch Paul.

-Finally, eight years ago today, the world was changed in a devastating fashion. And the NHL was not immune from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Kings scouts Garnet "Ace" Bailey and Mark Bavis were among those killed on United Airlines Flight 175.

(Photo: Obama-Gerald Herbert/Associated Press; Malkin-Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette; Turco-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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