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Empty Netter Assists - 7-31-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-If you happen to be at the City Hall of Regina, Sask. between 9-11 a.m. on Aug. 10 annndddd... you're a fan of Chris Kunitz (right) and/or the Stanley Cup... good news.

-Penguins executive Jay Heinbuck did his thing with the Stanley Cup in Mitchell, Ont.

-Puck the Media scored an interview with Mike Lange. Here's the second part.

-Does anyone know how to say "smashing" in German? Because it looks like Connor James signed with the Augsburg Panthers in Germany.

-Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies spotted perhaps the greatest shirt ever.

-Happy 23rd birthday to Evgeni Malkin.

-Happy 68th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Paul Andrea, a member of the first Penguins team in 1967-68.

-The Penguins are aiding efforts to repair a public pool in Patton, Pa.

-The Wheeling Nailers signed forward Mark Roebothan.

Atlantic Division

-Since they always seem to need a slow lumbering defenseman on the roster, the Flyers signed former Blue Jackets blue liner Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (right) to a one-year deal.

-Flyers executive Bobby Clarke took some time off from being owner Ed Snider's caddy to belch out some nonsense about the Penguins. Clarke said, "We were allowed to spend the money, we always tried to win. We didn’t do what Pittsburgh did; lose seven years in a row so they could get good. They did it twice, in fact. They went through six or seven different owners. We’ve had one owner."

-1975.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres signed goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureaux.

Southeast Division

-Capitals defenseman Milan Jurcina was awarded a one-year contract worth $1.4 million in arbitration.

-Forward Brendan Morrison (right) joined the Capitals to win the Stanley Cup.

-The Thrashers signed former Flyers forward Josh Gratton and former Avalanche forward Mike Vernace.

Central Division

-The NHL is investigating the 12-year contract former Penguins forward Marian Hossa signed with the Blackhawks. Apparently, if the possiblity of retirement - an action that would lift Hossa's cap hit off the books - was literally discussed between the parties, there could be trouble.

-As James Mirtle points out in the above, post, why is this now being investigated four weeks after the deal was made? The Blackhawks sign a 30-year-old player to a 12-year deal and everyone just kind of chuckles and winks when the idea of Hossa playing until he's 42 is brought up.

Northwest Division

-Canucks forward Kyle Wellwood (right) was awarded a one-year deal worth $1.2 million in arbitration yesterday.

-The Flames re-signed restricted free agent forward Dustin Boyd to a one-year deal worth $650,000.

-Hopefully, you never ordered that Todd Bertuzzi Flames story.

Adams Division

-Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! has perhaps the best article on uniform patches you will read all day.

-James Mirtle takes a look at some of the more notable free agents still available.

(Photos: Kunitz/Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Tollefsen-Terry Gilliam/Associated Press; Morrison-David Zalubowski/Associated Press; Wellwood-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

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