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Empty Netter Assists - 7-18-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Schedule note: The Penguins' game in Carolina originally scheduled for Oct. 15 has been pushed forward to Oct. 14 due to North Carolina State Fair.

-Over the past two seasons, the Penguins have played by far and away the most games in the Eastern Conference.

-It's just Rob Scuderi day here on Empty Netters. He did his thing on Long Island with the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies has the pictures.

-Random Rob Scuderi-related YouTube Find of the Day: Scuderi scoring a goal with Boston College many years ago and celebrating with Brooks Orpik:

-Marc-Andre Fleury, Maxime Talbot and Sidney Crosby did a meet and greet at Reebok's evil corporate lair recently:

-The scoreboard at Consol Energy Center is going to cost slightly less than the annual salary cap hits for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

-Mario Lemieux and Ben Roethlisberger are tied for 32nd at the American Century Championship golf tournament. Former Penguins Pierre Larouche and Dan Quinn are tied for fifth.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils signed former Lightning defenseman Cory Murphy to a two-way contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Northeast Division

-The Senators still haven't ruled out dealing forward Dany Heatley (right) to the Oilers for forwards Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and defenseman Ladislav Smid.

-Heatley sort of broke his silence and sort of talked to a local reporter in his offseason hometown of West Kelowna, B.C.

-Former Canadiens tough guy Chris "Knuckles" Nilan was busted for trying to steal a pair of swim trunks.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers signed restricted free agent defenseman Scott Lehman, Grant Lewis and former Maple Leafs forward Tim Stapleton.

-Lightning owner and former Penguins forward Len Barrie came up with the $10 million Gary Bettman told him to find.

-Capitals prospect Anton Gustafsson suffered a concussion during development camp this week.

Central Division

-Much like us in 10th grade, Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash (right) is a Hootie and the Blowfish fan.

-At this rate, new Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa might have the entire world hating him by March.

-Blackhawks executive and former Penguins coach Scotty Bowman denied suggestions he had a role in his son, Stan Bowman, replacing Dale Tallon as Chicago's general manager.

Northwest Division

-The WIld signed former Blue Jackets goaltender Wade Dubielewicz to a one-year contract. The team also signed forward Duncan Miloy and Jon DiSalvatore to one-year two-way contracts.

-The Flames acquired defenseman Keith Seabrook from the Capitals for future considerations. He is the brother of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Pacific Division

-The Kings re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jack Johnson to a two-year deal. His contract has an annual cap hit of $1.425 million.

-A year after turning down Saku Koivu's suggestions that he sign with the Canadiens, Teemu Selanne (right) convinced his friend to sign with the Ducks.

-The Sharks named Matt Shaw as an assistant coach. He replaces former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Todd Richards who became the Wild's head coach.

Adams Division

-The NHLPA has recommended to its members that they skip on-ice camp activities at Olympic orientations due to insurance concerns.

-Are we the only ones who find it ironic that BlackBerry is getting some advertising in NHL 10?

-The 10 Winter Classic match-ups that need to happen.

(Photos: Heatley-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Nash-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Selanne-Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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