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Empty Netter Assists - 06-17-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Ray Shero doesn't expect to find a replacement for Mike Yeo (right) until after he's done with free agency.

-"A lot of things some fans say, a lot of times I have the same feelings and the same beliefs." - Yeo on the grief he received for the team's power play. (PG+)

-"I will absolutely demand a team that works hard night in and night out. I will have a team that is respectful to the fans and to the organizations that we are associated with." - Yeo on how he'll operate as head coach of the AHL's Houston Aeros.

-The agent for unrestricted free agent defenseman Jordan Leopold said he has not had any serious discussions as of yet with Shero (PG+).

-The puck Sidney Crosby scored his golden goal in the Olympics with is on display (and it's touchable!) in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Atlantic Division

-Apparently, someone felt the need to ask Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello if goaltender Martin Brodeur would be traded. Lamoriello shot the idea down.

-Lamoriello, in his typical cryptic manner, said "it's possible" his team could name a new head coach before the draft.

-The Islanders are not expected to re-sign goaltender Martin Biron (right). Or his dreamy baby blues.

Northeast Division

-Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli shot down speculation he was considering a moving the No. 2 pick in the draft.

Southeast Division

-The Blackhawks granted permission to the Thrashers to talk to assistant coach John Torchetti about their vacant head coaching position.

-The agent for Panthers forward (right winger actually) Nathan Horton said he believes "there's a very good chance" his client could be dealt by next weekend's draft. He had 57 points (20 goals, 37 assists) in 65 games last season.

-Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said signing forward Martin St. Louis to a contract extension is a priority. St. Louis has one-year left on his current contract.

-The Lightning extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Steve Downie, Blair Jones, Martins Karsums, Teddy Purcell, Juraj Simek, Paul Szczechura, Nate Thompson, defensemen Mike Lundin, Vladimir Mihalik and Paul Ranger. Forwards Chris Lawrence, Lauri Tukonen and Radek Smolenak did not receive offers and became unrestricted free agents.

Central Division

-The Red Wings re-signed forward Todd Bertuzzi (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $3.8 million.

-Detroit signed general manager Ken Holland and assistant general manager Jim Nill to five-year contract extensions.

-The Red Wings also signed unrestricted free agent forward Ilari Filppula, the older brother of Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula, to a one-year, two-way contract. Ilari Filppula has spent the past two seasons with TPS Turku in Finland.

-The Stanley Cup and Blackhawks Colin Fraser, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer hung out with Ellen Degeneres.

Northwest Division

-The Wild re-signed restricted free agent forward James Sheppard to a one-year deal worth $803,250.

-Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher doesn't sound all that committed to re-signing unrestricted free agent forward/enforcer Derek Boogaard.

Pacific Division

-Ducks forward Teemu Selanne said he'll come back for another season if the team "still wants to win." In other words, if they don't enter a re-building phase.

Smythe Division

-The NHL went all out and hired comedian/actor Jay Mohr to host the league's awards show next wee in Las Vegas. But as Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! pointed out, Mohr has been very critical of the sport in the post. Actually, "critical" is a bit light. Mohr has repeatedly said or written things such as "hockey sucks" and "screw hockey."

-No word yet if Kim Jong-il will be presenting the Nobel Peace Prize next year.

-Seriously? Jay Mohr? Last year, the NHL tried to "Americanize" the awards and make them more entertaining for Joe Sixpack. The result? Chaka Kahn and Alan Thicke's kid (right) singing a duet in Las Vegas. Why even bother? Just go back to some old historic theatre in Toronto or Vancouver. Have Ron MacLean make awkward jokes only Canadians really understand and sit through boring, droning acceptance speeches. The NHL awards show won't ever been the Oscars. Or even the Golden Globes. Quit trying to make them more than what they are.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Wheeling Nailers defenseman Reid Cashman has joined EHC Linz in Austria.

-Happy 67th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Brent Hughes.

(Photos: Yeo-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Biron-Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Bertuzzi-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Khan and Thicke-Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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