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Empty Netter Assists - 03-02-10

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Penguins

-Did the Penguins make the right move in picking up Jordan Leopold (PG+)?

-"From our perspective, we're shifting things around here a little bit. A second-round pick is a fair value and a good value. Pittsburgh's delighted to have him. This is just continuing the process we started a few weeks ago." - Panthers general manager Randy Sexton on Leopold (above).

-Do the Penguins need to add a player like Maxime Talbot or is the one they have good enough?

-The Penguins who didn't win medals talk about the Olympics.

-What is Sidney Crosby's (right) place in Canadian folklore now?

-"I definitely dislike the Penguins and Sidney Crosby. I'm not gonna take anything away from him, he's a great player, but I think we've got the best player in the world here with Alex (Ovechkin)." - Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrison

-Jay McKee will be growing a moustache for March.

-Note: Sergei Gonchar's agent J.P. Barry confirmed he will not discuss a contract extension for his client until after the season.

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers cleared $2 milion in salary cap space by putting goaltender Ray Emery (hip) on long-term injured reserve and putting forward Riley Cote on waivers. Additionally, defenseman Oskar Bartulis is believed to have suffered a groin injury while playing for Latvia in the Olympics.

-The Rangers recalled defenseman Corey Potter from Hartford of the AHL.

-The Islanders acquired former Pittsburgh Forge defenseman Dylan Reese from the Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Greg Moore. Both players were assigned to their respective AHL clubs.

-Islanders goaltender is dealing with a knee injury once again.

-Devils forward Patrik Elias threw another log on the "Jaromir-Could-Come-Back-To-The-NHL" fire.

-New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire decided to be a big bucket of cold water and said Team Canada's win against the United States Sunday wasn't as big as its defeat of the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series.

-Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk made the case for NHL players going to Sochi in 2014.

-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur wasn't crazy about being a back-up on Team Canada.

Northeast Division

-"My neck was getting too sore from carrying the weight around." - Senators forward and former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu (right) on why he didnt' wear his bronze medal to practice yesterday. Ruutu played for Finland in the Olympics.

-The Bruins demoted goaltender Matt Dalton to Reading of the ECHL. Dalton was recalled orginally with goaltender Tim Thomas in Vancouver for the United States.

-Having been traded six times in his 13-year career, Maple Leafs forward and former Penguin Wayne Primeau is used to uncertainty at the trade deadeline.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers acquired forward Evgeny Artyukhin from the Ducks in exchange for defenseman Nathan Oystrick and a conditional draft choice in 2011.

-The Lightning recalled forwardMark Parrish from Norfolk of the AHL, placed forward Brandon Bochenski is on re-call waivers and demoted goaltender Jaroslav Janus to Norfolk.

-Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore publicly discussed the death of his two-month-old son in the offseason for the first time.

-"It happened. I feel sorry, but it was an emotional moment for me. I don't want to say something bad or do something bad, but this happened. Let's forget about it and move forward." -Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on the video of him shoving someone with a camera:

-The Capitals recalled forward Quinin Laing, defenseman Tyler Sloan and goaltender Semyon Varlamov from Hershey of the AHL.

-With Jordan Leopold off to greener pastures, the Panthers recalled defenseman Jason Garrison from Rochester of the AHL.

Central Division

-Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and two assists for the Red Wings in a 3-2 win at Colorado. Nicklas Lidstrom (above) added a goal and an assist while teammate Pavel Datsyuk recorded two assists. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves in the victory. Chris Stewart led the Avalanche with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this nifty little goal Detroit's Johan Franzen scored last night:

-Detroit defenseman Andreas Lilja played his first game in over a year.

-Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi still gets booed everytime he touches the puck in Colorado.

-The Predators acquired defenseman Denis Grebeshkov from the Oilers in exchange for a second-round pick in this summer's draft.

-Nashville recalled forward Colin Wil­son and defen­se­man Ale­xan­der Sul­zer from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-With forward Keith Tkachuk dealing with a finger injury, the Blues recalled forward Derek Armstrong from Peoria of the AHL.

-The Blues acquired minor league goaltender Joe Fallon from the Blackhawks for goaltender Hannu Toivonen and former Wilkes-Barre/Scrandon defenseman Danny Richmond. Toivonen and Richmond were each demoted to Rockford of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-The Flames signed forward Matt Stajan to a four-year contract extension with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million.

-Contract negotiations between the Wild and defenseman Marek Zidlicky (right) have hit a snag.

-Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid is dealing with a back injury.

-Despite scoring some key goals for the United States in the Olympics, Canucks forward Ryan Kesler is still popluar in Vancouver.

Pacific Division

-Stars forward Steve Ott's new four-year contract extension is worth a total of $11.8 million and will have a salary cap hit of $2.95 million.

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman Anders Eriksson and forward Joel Perrault from San Antonio of the AHL.

-Coyotes coach and former Penguins forward Dave TIppett is digging life in the desert.

-"If you weren't a fan of hockey before, and you watched that game, I don't see how you can't be a fan today." - Ducks forward Todd Marchant.

-The Ducks demoted defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to Toronto of the AHL and forward Dan Sexton and goaltender Timo Pielmeier to Bakersfield of the ECHL.

-Kings coach Terry Murray makes the case for the NHL to not go to Sochi in 2014.

-Sharks goaltender and Team Russia member Evgeni Nabokov (right, being scored on by Canada's Ryan Getzlaf) would like to forget about the Olympics.

-Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he has spoken to NHL officials about the possibility of hosting a Winter Classic at Cowboys Stadium.

Adams Division

-Ratings for Sunday's United States-Canda game were the highest for any hockey game in the United States since the 1980 Olympics.

-Hoping to capitalize on the success of the Olympics, the NHL is offering a free week-long preview of Center Ice.

-TSN's TradeCenterCentre will be broadcast on NHL Network in the United States Wednesday from 8 a.m until 6 p.m.

-Today would've been the 105th birthday of Herb Drury, a defenseman/forward with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates. Drury was a member of the first United States Olympic hockey team which won silver during the 1924 games in Chamonix.

-Today would've been the 96th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Clarence Drouillard.

-Today would've been the 86th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Stan Kemp.

(Photo: Leopold-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Crosby-Julie Jacobson/Associated Press; Ruutu-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Lidstrom-David Zalubowski/Associated Press; Zidlicky-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

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