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Empty Netter Assists - 07-29-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed former Providence Bruins forward Chris Collins (PG+). He spent the last two seasons with the Augsburg Panthers in Germany.

-Pittsburgh Magazine takes a pretty thorough look at the history of Mellon/Civic Arena.

-The Staals are brothers (above). And all four of them were helping promote a baseball tournament in their hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont.

-Faceoff-Factor has some left over interviews with forwards Zach Sill and Eric Tangradi (right) from the Penguins' prospect camp.

-The Penguins extended an invitation for forward Alex Smigelski for their September rookie camp in London, Ont.

-Today would've been the 75th birthday of former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets forward Billy Harris. An all-star with the Maple leafs, Harris was acquired by the Penguins in a trade which sent Bob Dillabough to the Oakland Seals early in the 1968-69 season. "Hinky" ended his 13-year NHL career by appearing in 54 games for the Penguins and scoring 20 points. Harris retired in the 1969 offseason. He passed away, Sept. 20, 2001.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils managed to re-sign one player this week to contract which wouldn't span at least three presidential administrations. New Jersey avoided arbitration with restricted free agent defenseman Mark Fraser and signed him to a one-year deal worth $500,000.

-Flyers forward Ville Leino (rightis still recovering from offseason hip surgery.

Northeast Division

-The Senators hired former Blue Jackets goaltending coach Rick Wamsley as their goaltending coach.

-Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek, sidelined since surgery in early February, says his wonky shoulder is fully recovered.

-Former Penguins forward Randy Cunneyworth discusses his new job as the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' AHL affiliate.

Southeast Division

-The day after Maxime Talbot had some unkind words for Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Washington goes out and gets a tough guy. The Capitals traded forward Stefan Della Rovere to the Blues in exchange for enforcer D.J. King. Just prior to the trade, King, who was a restriced free agent, signed a two-year deal worth a total of $1.275 million. He have a salary cap hit of $637,500.

-When asked about Talbot, King said, "Wow. I guess that's not going to be happening too much longer, I guess."

-Capitals owner Ted Leonis addressed the Talbot-Ovechkin situation in a subtle manner.

-The Thrashers avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Ben Eager (right) and signed him to a one-year deal worth $965,000. Eager's signing rights were acquired last month from the Blackhawks.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets avoided arbitration with restricted free agent defenseman Anton Stralman and signed him to a one-year deal worth $1.95 million.

Northwest Division

-It doesn't look like the Flames are going to avoid arbitration with restricted free agent defenseman Ian White.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks signed defenseman Cam Fowler (right), a first-round pick in last month's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. He was the 12th overall selection.

Adams Division

-Former Predators/Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshkov has signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL in Russia.

-Happy 90th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Bill Benson.

(Photos: Staals-Photobucket; Tangradi-Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette; Leino-Elsa/Getty Images; Eager-Paul Beaty/Associated Press; Fowler-Harry How/Getty Images)

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