Empty Netter Assists - 09-22-10

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-Did you hear the Penguins have a new building?

-John Curry needs to rebound after a bad 2009-10.

-The New York Times takes a look at Yinzcam.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Mark Johnson (right). A member of the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team, Johnson was a fourth-round pick by the Penguins in 1977 and spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Following the 1980 Winter Olympics, Johnson appeared in 17 games for the Penguins in 1979-80 and scored eight points. In the postseason, he saw action in five games and netted four points.  His first full season in the NHL was 1980-81. He played in 73 games and contributed 33 points. In the postseason, he appeared in five games and collected three points. After 46 games and 25 points in 1981-82, Johnson was traded to the North Stars in exchange for a draft pick. In 132 regular season games with the Penguins, Johnson scored 62 points, 116th-most in franchise history. In 10 playoff games, Johnson scored seven points. The son of former Penguins coach "Badger" Bob Johnson, Mark is currently the head coach of Wisconsin's women's team and served as the head coach of the United States's women's team in this year's Olympics.

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-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forard Pat Falloon. After being claimed off waivers late in the 1999-2000 season, Falloon  appeared in 30 games and scored 13 points. In the 2000 offseason, he joined HC Davos in Switzerland.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Brian Ford. Acquired midway through the 1984-85 season in a deal which sent Tom Thornbury to the Quebec Nordiques, Ford's Penguins career amounted to eight games, a 2-6-0 record a .836 save percentage and a 6.30 goals against average. He was released in the 1985 offseason.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Carl Mokosak. A free agent signing in the 1986 offseason, Mokosak's Penguins career amounted to three games, zero points and a minus-4 in 1986-87. In the 1987 offseason, Mokosak signed with the Bruins as a free agent.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Claude Giroux and Mike Richards (above, beating New Jersey's Mike McKenna) gave the Flyers a 4-3 win against the Devils. Sergei Bobrovsky got the win by making sevne saves. Alexander Urbom and Henrik Tallinder each had two assists for New Jersey.

-Former Penguin Bill Guerin got into the game for the Flyers last night. For his trouble, he was run over by New Jersey's Mark Fraser:

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-Philadelphia's Jody Shelley and New Jersey's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond had a solid tilt:

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-Bill Guerin looking weird in a road workers vest Flyers jersey with Daniel Briere:

-As you might imagine, Shelly is already popular in Philadelphia.

-The Islanders signed defenseman Nino Niederreiter, a first-round pick this summer, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Northeast Division

-Robin Lehner (above, defending former Penguins forward the great Mike Zigomanis) made 24 saves and led the Senators to a 5-0 shutout of the rival Maple Leafs. Chris Neil led all scorers with a goal and two assists while while teammate Corey Locke added a goal and an assist.

-"I think my mom will be more excited than my dad." - Maple Leafs forward Christian Hanson, a Pittsburgh native and son of "Slapshot's" Dav Hanson.

-The fight:

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-The Senators returned forwards Jakub Culek (Rimouski - QMJHL) and Mark Stone (Brandon - WHL) to their junior clubs.

Southeast Division

-Former Penguins forward Adam Hall scored two goals for the Lightning in a 4-2 win at Dallas. Fire Ray Shero. Teammates Scott Jackson and Dana Tyrell each recorded two assists while Dan Ellis (above) made 17 saves in the victory. Aaron Gagnon led the Stars with a goal and an assist.

-Tampa Bay's Mattias Ohlund being popular:

-And we have our first vaguely-worded injury of the season. Lightning defenseman Matt Smaby is dealing with an "upper-body" injury after getting smacked around a bit in a fight with Dallas' Brian Sutherby.

-Erik Gudbranson, the Panthers' first-round pick (No. 4 overall), had a goal and an assist for Florida in a 4-1 win at Carolina. Joe Callahan and Evgeny Dadonov each recored two aasists. Scott Clemmensen made 16 saves in the victory.

-Grudbranson scored on his first shot.

-The Capitals signed defenseman Tom Poti (right) to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $5.75 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $2.875 million. Poti was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

-Washington signed free agent goaltender Brandon Anderson to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Capitals demoted goaltender Todd Ford, defensemen Patrick Cullity and Joe Finley and forwards David de Kastrozza, Anton Gustafsson, Jake Hauswirth, Nakita Kashirsky, Dmitry Kugryshev and Ashton Rome to Hershey of the AHL. They also returned defensemen Samuel Carrier, Brett Flemming, Garrett Mitchell, defenseman Stanislav Galiev and goaltender Phillip Grubauer to their junior clubs.

-A Virginia chiropractor who treated members of Capitals pled guilty to misdemeanour steroids charges in Florida.

-The Hurricanes signed forward Jeff Skinner (right), a first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Thrashers demoted goaltenders Chris Carozzi, Ed Pasquale and forward Ian McKenzie to Chicago of the AHL. They also returned defensemen Ben Chiarot (Sudbury - OHL), Sebastian Owuya (Medicine Hat - WHL) and Cody Sol  (Saginaw - OHL) to their junior clubs.

Central Division

-Tom Sestito had a goal and two assists for the Blue Jackets in a 5-2 win at Atlanta. Former Penguin Nate Guenin and and Kyle Wilson each added two assists for Columbus. Another former Penguin, Mathieu Garon, made 12 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. Bryan Little and Fredrik Pettersson each led Atlanta with a goal and an assist.

-Atlanta's Bryan Little kept his eye on the puck:

-The Blackhawks returned forwards Rob Flick (Mississauga - OHL), Byron Froese (Everett - WHL), Mirko Hoefflin (Mannheim - Germany), and Phillipe Paradis (Shawinigan - QMJHL) and goaltender Kent Simpson (Everett - WHL) to their junior clubs. They also demoted goaltender Joe Palmer to Rockford of othe AHL) and released forward Steele Boomer and defenseman Dallas Jackson.

-Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl, the No. 19 overall pick in the 2005 draft, is finally getting a chance at making Detroit's NHL roster.

-Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood (right) is expected to get time in net tonight at Consol Energy Center.

-Welcome back to Nashville defenseman Ryan Parent.

-The Predators returned defensemen Taylor Aronson (Portland - WHL), Charles-Olivier Roussel (Montreal - QMJHL), Jamie Doornbosch (Peterborough - OHL), Cameron Wind (Brampton - OHL) , forwards Michael Latta (Guelph - OHL), Austin Watson (Peterborough - OHL) to their junior teams.

Northwest Division

-In a split squad game, Rene Bourque, Niklas Hagman and Staffan Kronwall each had a goal and an assist for the Flames in a 3-1 win at Vancouver. Henrik Karlsson made 12 saves in the victory.

-The other game saw Robyn Regehr and Alex Tanguay pick up two assists for the host Flames in a 3-2 win against the Canucks. Leland Irving made seven saves in the victory.

-Check out this little nifty pass by Vancouver's Jeff Tambellini to set up Jannik Hansen for a goal:

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-Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa and Brendan Morrison > Calgary's Lance Bouma:

-In the game at Vancouver, Flames forward Matt Stajan suffered a shoulder injury.

-T.J. Galiardi and Mark Olver each recorded two assists Avalanche in a 3-1 defeat of the Blues. Peter Budaj made 10 saves to earn the win.

-St. Louis' Jaroslav Halak had some issues with this puck:

-Everyone seemed to have issues here:

-The Avalanche returned forard Joey Hishon, a first-round pick this summer, to his junior club (Owen Sound - OHL).

-The Oilers returned defensemen Jeremie Blain (Acadie-Bathurst - QMJHL), Brandon Davidson (Regina - WHL), Martin Marincin (Prince George - WHL), Dallas Ehrardt (Moose Jaw  - WHL), Dominik Schlumpf (Shawinigan - QMJHL), Nolan Toigo (UBC - CIS), forwards Chase Schaber (Kamloops - WHL), Drew Czerwonka (Kootenay - WHL), Curtis Hamilton (Saskatoon - WHL), Ryan Martindale (Ottawa - OHL), Kristians Pelss (Edmonton - WHL) and goaltender Tyler Bunz (Medicine Hat - WHL) to their junior teams. They also demoted forwards Philippe Cornet, Milan Kytnar, Matt Marquardt, Jesse Gimblett, James Livingston, Mike Thomas, goaltender Bryan Pitton and defenseman Jordan Bendfeld to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Kyle Turris (above, with David Schlemko) had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes in a 4-1 win at Anaheim. Teammate Sami Lepisto added two assists while Jason LaBarbera made 20 saves in the victory.

-Phoenix's Brett McLean being popular:

-The Sharks signed forwards Michael Sgarbossa, Curt Gogol and goaltender J.P. Anderson to entry-level contracts. Terms were not released.

-The Ducks have brought back former defenseman Joe DiPenta to training camp on a tryout basis. DiPenta, the other native Cole Harbour to win the Stanley Cup, was a member of Anaheim's 2007 championship team.

Adams Division

-Former Ducks/Thrashers defenseman Mark Popovic has joined HC Lugano in Switzerland.

-Former Devils/Maple Leafs/Oilers/Flyers/Senators defenseman Jason Smith (right) faces a trial Nov. 12 in Calgary for allegedly assaulting his wife and daughter.

-Happy 76th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Gerry McNamara.

(Photos: Consol Energy Center-Lake Fong/Post-Gazette; Johnson-Penguins Hockey Cards; Devils/Flyers-H. Rumph, Jr./Associated Press; Senators/Maple Leafs-Frank Gunn/Canadian Press; Lightning/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Poti and Skinner-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Blue Jackets/Thrashers-Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images; Osgood-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Flames/Canucks-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press; Avalanche/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press; Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Coyotes/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Smith-Photobucket)

By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the club has assigned the following eight players to their respective junior clubs today:

Jeremie Blain (D) assigned to Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
Tyler Bunz (G) assigned to Medicine Hat (WHL)
Drew Czerwonka (LW) assigned to Kootenay (WHL)
Brandon Davidson (D) assigned to Regina (WHL)
Curtis Hamilton (LW) assigned to Saskatoon (WHL)
Martin Marincin (D) assigned to Prince George (WHL)
Ryan Martindale (C) assigned to Ottawa (OHL)
Kristians Pelss (LW) assigned to Edmonton (WHL)

The Oilers have also released the following four players from their amateur tryout contracts and assigned them to their respective clubs:

Dallas Ehrardt (D) assigned to Moose Jaw (WHL)
Chase Schaber (C) assigned to Kamloops (WHL)
Dominik Schlumpf (D) assigned to Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Nolan Toigo (D) to UBC (CIS)

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