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Empty Netter Assists - 8-6-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Welcome to Pittsburgh Tony Granato (right).

-Did Granato actually get a promotion after being fired as Colorado's coach?

-Sergei Gonchar did his thing with the Stanley Cup on some swanky private island in Miami.

-Kris Letang did his thing with the Cup in Quebec.

-First protesters. Then traffic restrictions. And now the Penguins' preseason. That dang G-20 is already wrecking all kinds of havoc on Pittsburgh.

-Happy 25th birthday to Tim Wallace.

-The Wheeling Nailers re-signed former captain Sean Collins.

Atlantic Division

-The Kalamzoo Wings will be the the Flyers' new ECHL puppy-drowning affiliate.

Northeast Division

-Former Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen (right) officially retired. And one more former Winnipeg Jet rides off into the sunset.

-Former Maple Leafs forward Jeff Hamilton has joined Lugano in Switzerland.

-For any Penguins fans in New England, the Bruins will sell individual tickets beginning Aug. 20. The Penguins visit the Hub Nov. 10 and March 18.

Southeast Division

-Because his team apparently didn't have enough akward Russian names that could easily be mispronounced for the sake of junior high-esqe humor, Capitals goaltender Simeon Varlamov has changed the spelling of his first name to "Semyon."

-Speaking of which, Varlamov doesn't like American women.

-Forward Alexandre Giroux, who set the AHL's single-season goal-scoring record last season with 60, re-signed with the Hershey Bears, the Capitals' AHL affiliate.

Central Division

-Remember how Blues defenseman Erik Johnson (right), the first-overall pick of the 2006 draft (Jordan Staal was No 2.), injured his knee on that golf cart 11 months ago? Well he just finally got medical clearance to start practicing.

-Former Predators forward Antti Pihlstrom has joined Farjestad in Sweden.

-In addition to the Red Wings, the Toledo Walleye will serve as an ECHL affiliate to the Blackhawks.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks re-signed forward Jannik Hansen, one of four natives of Denmark in the NHL, to a one-year two-way deal.

Norris Division

-Former Penguins Janne Pesonen and Jarkko Ruutu were named to a list of 46 players being considered for Finland's 2010 Olympic team.

-McFarlane Sports Pick has released images of its NHL 22 series.

(Photos: Photobucket)

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