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Empty Netter Assists - 07-22-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Ray Shero (above) discussed the salary cap with Adam Gretz of AOL's Fanhouse.

-By way of the Penguins' Twitter page, ice has begun to appear at Consol Enery Center:

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Wade Brookbank signed with the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Sergei Zubov (right). A star with the Rangers, Zubov came to the Penguins in the 1995 offseason along with Petr Nedved in a deal which sent Luc Robitaille and Ulf Samuelsson to New York. Zubov only lasted on season with the Penguins, but he managed to churn out one of the most productive campaigns by a defenseman in franchise history. In 64 games, he was able to produce 66 points. To this day, Zubov is the last Penguins defenseman to produce more than a point per game during a single season. In the postseason, Zubov was once again stellar as he contributed 14 points in 15 playoff games. In the 1996 offseason, he was traded to the Stars in exchange for Kevin Hatcher. Zubov currently plays for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

Atlantic Division

-While Ilya Kovalchuk (right) and the NHLPA can file a grievance in regards to his contract with the Devils the NHL rejected, the Devils do not have the right to pursue the same action.

-Devils overlord Lou Lamoriello still contends the contract complies with the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.

-The Flyers re-signed restricted free agent Darroll Powe to a one-year contract worth $725,000.

-The Islanders signed unrestricted free agent forward Jeremy Yablonski to a one-year, two-way contract.

-We try to avoid regurgatating rumors here, but this one is too ridiculous to pass up. Apparently someone called up an ESPN radio affiliate in New York and said Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was in a car wreck and suffered a broken back and pelvis. The story picked up steam on Twitter and eventually, rumors were running rampant that DiPietro had actually died.

-Katie Strang, the Islanders beat reporter for Newsday, jumped on Twitter and quickly stamped the bogus story out.

Northeast Division

-The Senators re-signed restricted free agent forward Nick Foligno (right) to a two-year contract worth $2.4 million.

-The Sabres avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Patrick Kaleta and signed him to a two-year deal worth a total of $1.815 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $907,000.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers opted not to re-sign restricted free agent forward Clarke MacArthur after he was awarded a $2.4 million salary award by an arbitrator. As a result, he is now an unrestricted free agent.

Central Division

-The Blues re-signed restricted free agent forward David Perron to a two-year contract worth $4.3 million.

-It looks like the Predators are finally washing their hands of jailed investor and would-be Penguins owner William "Boots" Del Biaggio III.

Northwest Division

-The Flames re-signed restricted free agent forward J.D. Watt to a one-year, two-way contract.

Pacific Division

-The Kings haven't shut the door on signing Ilya Kovalchuk (right) just in case things don't work out for him in New Jersey.

Smythe Division

-A Manitoba man is in some hot water after he placed multiple calls to a 911 dispatcher and demanded the Royal Canadian Mounted Police bring back the Jets. No word yet if Bob Essensa was also included in the demands.

-Happy 101st birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Wilf Starr. 

-Happy 64th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Dave Rochefort.

(Photos: Shero-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Zubov-Penguins Hockey Cards; Kovalchuk-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Foligno-Abelimages/Getty Images; Kovalchuk-Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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