Empty Netter Assists - 06-20-11

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-According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the salary cap ceiling next season will be $64 million. The floor will be $48 million.

-The Penguins only have five picks entering this weekend's draft.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Bill Thomas (above). A native of Fox Chapel, Thomas was a free agent signing in the 2008 offseason and appeared in 16 games while scoring three points for the Penguins in the 2008-09 season. Thomas left the team in the 2009 offseason joining the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. He spent last season with the Panthers organization.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Jacques Cossette. A second-round pick in the 1974 draft, Cossette's entire three-year NHL career was spent in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 1975-76, he appeared in seven games and recorded two assists. After spending all of next season in Hershey of the AHL, Cossette appeared in 19 NHL games in 1977-78 and netted three points. The 1978-79 season saw Cossette play in 38 games and score nine points. He would never play in the NHL again. In 64 games with the Penguins, Cossette scored 14 points.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins took the Stanley Cup to Fenway Park yesterday:

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-“He said my shot’s got to get a little better." - Bruins forward and former Penguin Mark Recchi joking about his season-ending meeting with coach Claude Julien. Recchi announced his retirement.

-Yahoo's Puckdaddy remembers Mark Recch in each of his NHL stops.

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference is having his tattoo guy from Calgary fly to Boston and provide ink for all the Bruins.

-Boston goaltender Tim Thomas still hasn't trimmed his playoff beard.

-The Senators are expected to hire Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors coach Dave Cameron as assistant coach.

Northwest Division

-After being named head coach of the Wild, former Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo texted Sidney Croby asking him if he was a free agent.

-Canucks general manager Mike Gillis isn't keen on the idea of trading goaltender Cory Schneider.

Adams Division

-Former Penguins defenseman Colin Campbell (right) says he has no regrets as he leaves his job as the NHL's discipline czar.

(Photos: Thomas-Doug Benc/Getty Images; Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press and Jim Rogash/Getty Images; Campbell-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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