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Empty Netter Assists - 07-02-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins' defense is going to look slightly different next season.

-Zbynek Michalek's contract contains a limited no-trade clause. He can provide the Penguins a list of eight teams to deal with.  (PG+)

-"I'd do it again." - Ray Shero on trading a third-round pick in 2011 to the Flyers in exchange for the signing rights to defenseman Dan Hamhuis (PG+).

-"Nothing." - Bill Guerin when asked if any teams had contacted him yesterday. (PG+)

-By the sounds of things, Alex Goligoski and Mike Rupp helped recruit Paul Martin (right).

-According Martin's agent, the Islanders were aggressive in purusing his client.

-With the blue line upgraded, is Marc-Andre Fleury under more pressure?

-"I'm excited. Right when I found out Buffalo was interested, I talked to Tommy Vanek, gave him a call, and my wife talked to his wife. We talked about the area. I've got three kids [6- and 4-year-old girls and a 1-year-old boy], and it's one of those spots I really don't know much about, but he filled me in and I was real excited and intrigued after that." - Jordan Leopold (right) on joining the Sabres.

-"It's going to be fun. It'll be a big change as far as being anonymous in Nashville to coming to Vancouver. I think there are two ways to handle it: you can put yourself in a shell or you can embrace it. We're going to embrace it." - Dan Hamhuis on joining the Canucks.

-The Wheeling Nailers hired former Penguins draft pick Stan Drulia as their head coach.

Atlantic Division
-Devils overlord Lou Lamoriello is already comparing new defenseman Anton Volchenkov to former captain and Hockey Hall of Famer Scott Stevens.

-Lamoriello acknowledged they expect new goaltender Johan Hedberg (right) to play a significant amount of games this season in order lessen the workload of starter Martin Brodeur.

-Lamoriello also claims his team can still re-sign forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

-The Devils officially bought out the contracts of forwards Jay Pandolfo and Andrew Peters.

-"Right now, it's not high on our priority list." - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren (right) on his team's goaltending.

-At a combined total of $22.9 million, the Flyers will enter next season with the most expensive set of defensemen in the NHL.

-"It's one of the greatest cities to be at and you're always on center stage when you're out there, so I'm excited." - New Rangers/Former Wild encorcer Derek Boogard on moving to New York.

-The Rangers signed forward Derek Stepan to an entry-level contract.

Northeast Division

-Boston re-signed forward Daniel Paille to a two-year deal worth $1.35 million per season.

-The Bruins signed former Islanders Forward Jeremy Reich to a one-year, two-way contract.

-It doesn't look like the Sabres will re-sign former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime (right).

-The Canadiens signed former Rangers goaltender Alex Auld to a one-year, $1 million contract and re-signed goaltender Curtis Sanford to a one-year, two-way deal.

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

-Canadiens forward Scott Gomez will switch his number from No. 91 to No. 11. The last player to wear No. 11 was former captain Saku Koivu.

-Montreal re-signed defenseman Frédéric St-Denis to a one-year deal.

-The Maple Leafs signed former Thrashers forward Joey Crabb to a one-year, two-way contract.

-"My wife and I fell in love with Atlanta, met a lot of great people there. It's tough to leave." - New Maple Leafs/old Thrashers foward Colby Armstrong (right) on leaving Atlanta.

-"We think Colby Armstrong is a third-line guy, but he can go up and play (on the top two lines) if you get into situations in games where people get hurt." - Maple Leafs overlord Brian Burke on Armstrong.

Southeast Division

-"When all is said and done, I can retire with (15) years in one city. I couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to retire as a Lightning player." - Lightning forward Martin St. Louis on signing a four-year extension with Tampa Bay.

-"Smitty and I have been in this position before. We competed in Dallas, and we know there's only one net, and whoever plays best is going to get more games and is going to be the guy down the stretch and things like that. I've been text messaging with Smitty today. We both just believe we can provide solid goaltending for Tampa, and just give them good goaltending no matter who is in the net. It's the coach's decision as to who plays more, but it's also our responsibility to bring our best effort to gain those games." - New Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis (right) on his friendship with incumbunt Lightning goaltender Mike Smith.

-The Lightning re-signed goon Mitch Fritz to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Hurricanes re-signed defenseman Anton Babchuk to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. He returns to Carolina after spending last season in the KHL.

-"I kind of knew it was coming the last couple of days." - New Thrashers forward Andrew Ladd (right) on being traded from the Blackhawks.

-The Panthers hired former Predators director of hockey operations Mike Santos as assistant general manager.

Central Division

-The Blues re-signed restricted free agent forward Alex Steen to a four-year deal worth a total of, $13.45 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $3.36 million. The team also signed restricted free agent forward Vladimir Sobotka to a one year deal worth $750,000.

-St. Louis hired former Stars/Kings executive and former Kings player Dave Taylor (right) as Director of Player Personnel.

-The Blackhawks signed former Wild defenseman John Scott to a one-year, $1 million deal.

-The Blue Jackets hired former Avalanche/Blues forward Dan Hinote as an assistant coach.

-Columbus re-signed forward Derek MacKenzie to a two-year deal.

-The Predators re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Teemu Laakso to a one-year, two-way contract.

Northwest Division

-The Wild signed former Senators forward Matt Cullen ($10.5 million overall) and former Flames forward Eric Nystrom ($4.2 million overall) to three-year contracts. Cullen will have an annual salary cap hit of $3.5 million while Nystrom will be $1.4 million.

-The Canucks signed former Sharks forward Manny Malhotra to a three-year worth a total of $7.5 million. He will have a salary cap hit of  $2.5 million.

-Vancouver signed former Islanders forward Jeff Tambellini to a one-year, two-way deal.

-The Canucks signed former Coyotes forward Joel Perrault to a on-year deal worth $510,000.

-"Obviously, I was a little bit surprised to get a call from Darryl." - New/old Flames forward Olli Jokinen (right) on re-signing with Calgary after talking to general manager Darryl Sutter. The Flames dealt Jokinen to the Rangers at last season's trade deadline.

-The Flames signed former Kings enforcer to a two-year contact worth $575,000 per season.

-"I had an Oilers jersey growing up." - New Oilers defenseman Kurtis Foster.

-The Oilers signed restricted free agent Colin Forbes to a two-year deal with an annual salary cap hit of $825,000.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes re-signed defenseman Derek Morris (right) to a four-year deal worth a total of $11 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $2.75 million.

-"I made him a low offer. I’m not sure what the market is for Lee at this point; I don’t think he (or his agent) knows what the market is himself." - Coytes general manager Don Maloney on the prospect of re-signing restricted free agent forward Lee Stempniak.

-The Coyotes bought out the contract of forward Petteri Nokelainen.

-The Stars signed former Blackhawks forward Adam Burish (right) and former Canucks goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Burish's deal is for two years and $1.15 million per season.  Raycroft's was for two years and is a two-way deal.

-Dallas signed defensemen Severin Blindenbacher (one year) and Jace Coyle (three years) to entry-level contracts.

-According to Ducks general manager Bob Murray, restricted free agent forward Bobby Ryan rejected a five-year contract offer worth a total of $5 million.

-"The Sharks being one of the best teams in the league for years now, you hope you'll get the call — and I couldn't be more excited." - goaltender Antero Niittymaki on joining the Sharks.

(Photos: Martin-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Leopold-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Hedberg-Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images; Holmgren and Armstrong-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Lalime-Al Bello/Getty Images; Ellis-Victor Decolongon/Getty Images; Ladd and Burish-Nam Y. Huh; Taylor-eBay; Jokinen-Mike Ridewood/Getty Images; Morris-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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