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Empty Netter Assists - 9-10-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Forget health care. The Penguins are meeting President Obama (above) today.

-Goaltending prospect Brad Thiessen found a way to be a part of the Penguins' Stanley Cup run.

-The Penguins beat the Maple Leafs, 4-1, last night in the Kitchener prospects tournament.

-There were a few fights in (and after) this contest. The Penguins' Ryan Schnell went at with Alex Berry after sticking a big hit on Toronto's Ryan Scott:

-The Penguins' Robert Bortuzzo had a wild tilt with Toronto's Robert Slaney:

-The Penguins' Joey Haddad fought Toronto's Jesse Blacker:

-The Penguins' Nathan Moon and Toronto's Nazem Kadri decided 60 minutes wasn't enough to contain their rage:

-Are we the only ones who dig the black helmet/white jersey look?

-One-Liner of the Day: "(Blue Jackets) Backup goalie Mathieu Garon is expected to join the Stanley Cup champion Penguins on Thursday as they visit the White House. Wonder if they can show the visit to schoolchildren in Pittsburgh? - Tom Reed, Columbus Dispatch.

-Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-Malkin and Sergei Gonchar did a meet-and-greet in Pittston, Pa.

-Hey look at this. The Penguins are bringing in that Parise guy. Awesome. Oh wait... Jordan Parise... drats. The former Devils goaltending prospect and brother of New Jersey star forward Zach Parise will attend the Penguins' training camp. Former Capitals defenseman Jamie Hunt will as well.

-Former Penguins forward Andreas Johansson, who came to Pittsburgh in a 1996 deal that also brought defenseman Darius Kasparaitis from the Islanders, was kicked off Salavat Yulaev of the KHL due to a broken foot. The article - in Swedish - can be found here.

-How did the Secret Service not pick up on this? Jordan Staal turns 21 today and is being turned loose on the White House!

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Chris Joseph. He was the Penguins' first-round pick (No. 5 overall) in the 1987 draft.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Rob Holland. He recorded one of the team's three shutouts during the 1979-80 season.

Atlantic Division

-Devils forward Patrik Elias could miss the start of his team's training camp due to groin and hip ailments.

-Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn is eager to learn how to kick and cheap shot people from new teammate Chris Pronger.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins signed former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Andy Wozniewski.

-Boston forward Patrice Bergeron feels he is fully recovered from a serious concussion he suffered two seasons ago.

-The ice was laid down at HSBC Arena in Buffalo and it seems they took care of that slug problem.

Southeast Division

-Road Trip Alert: We're way late with this, but The PensBlog has information on invading attending the Penguins' two games at Verizon Center next season.

-Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (right) said he will play in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi Russia even if the NHL doesn't grant him permission. The league is considering not allowing its players to appear in Olympic tournaments after the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

-Ovechkin drove a Zamboni through Manhattan yesterday during an NHL promotion. He clearly did it better than Sidney Crosby could ever hope to.

-Former Panthers forward and one-time Sidney Crosby mugging victim Brett McLean will attend the Lightning's training camp as a non-roster invitee.

-The Lightning re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mike Lundin to a one-year, two-way deal.

-There's nothing about the phrases "potential Lightning investor" and "Mike Tyson was his best man" being in the same article that we don't like.

Central Division

-The IIHF ruled former Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler can sign with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL if he wants.

-Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg (right) is dealing with a groin ailment.

-Blues overlord John Davidson rather bluntly said his team is not interested in acquiring disgruntled Senators forward Dany Heatley.

-Former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios might sign with Chicago... of the AHL.

-Former Pittsburgh Forge defenseman Dylan Reese and former Oilers defensive prospect Doug Lynch will attend the Blue Jackets' camp as non-roster invitees.

Northwest Division

-Former Penguins forward Ronald Petrovicky will attend the Canucks' training camp as a non-roster-invitee.

-Petrovicky's most memorable moment as a Penguin came during the 2006-07 season when he turned out the lights on former Maple Leafs forward Kris Newbury:

-Former Wild defenseman Keith Carney, who retired last offseason, then joined SC Bern in Switzerland, will also attend the Canucks' training camp as a non-roster invitee.

-The NHL will meet with former Flames forward Theo Fleury in regards to his potential reinstatement to the game. He was suspended indefinitely while as a member of the Blackhawks in 2003.

Pacific Division

-Road-Trip Alert: The Ducks will put single-game tickets on sale beginning Saturday. The Penguins travel to Anaheim Nov. 3.

-There might not be a lot of them, but you have to feel sorry for Coyotes fans.

Smythe Division

-Are you jonesing to see former Penguins' forward Aleksey Morozov (right)? Sure you are! Good news. The KHL will broadcast its season opener between Ak Bars Kazan - Morozov's current team - and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on the league's Web site.

-The Reebok Edge-Super-Duper-Mega-Ultra-Awesome-Humungo-Women-Will-Want-You Uniform System jerseys have managed to infiltrate the CHL. The Erie Otters' uniforms have adopted the "apron-string" look several NHL teams like the Avalanche and Panthers took on several seasons ago.

-Today would've been the 101st birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Pete Palangio.

(Photos: Obama-Alex Brandon/Associated Press; Staal-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Ovechkin-Al Bello/Getty Images; Zetterberg-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Morozov-Photobucket)

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