Empty Netter Assists - 07-30-11

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-Penguins defensive prospects Scott Harrington and Joe Morrow were among the 47 players invited to Canada's tryout camp for the World Junior Championships.

-If you're a Penguins or Blue Jackets fan in Northeast Ohio, do yourself a favor and read this blog post by Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch.

-"The only reason I played in the NHL until I was 43 was because of what I did off the ice.” - Former Penguins forward Gary Roberts (right) on his post-NHL life as a strength and conditioning coach.

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Greg Redquest. A fourth-round pick in the 1976 draft, Redquest's entire NHL career amounted to one game with the 1977-78 Penguins. He was released in the 1979 offseason.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Markus Naslund (right). A first-round pick in 1991, Naslund spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a raw 20-year-old rookie in 1993-94, Naslund appeared in 71 games and scored 11 points. In 1994-95, Naslund was limited to 14 games and four points. In 1995-96, Naslund finally seemed to find his game by producing 52 points in 66 games, but at the trade deadline, he was dealt to the Canucks in exchange for Alex $&#$@! Stojanov. The trade is considered one of the worst in franchise history as Naslund developed into an all-star in Vancouver while Stojanov washed out after two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 151 games with the Penguins, Naslund scored 67 points, 109th-most in franchise history.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Jeff Christian. A free agent signing in the 1994 offseason, Christian parts of three seasons with the Penguins. During that span, he only saw action in 15 games and scored four points. In the 1997 offseason, he signed with the Coyotes.

-Happy 26th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski (right). A second-round pick in 2004, Goligoski spent parts of the four seasons with the Penguins. He had a brief three-game cup of coffee in 2007-08 which produced two assists. In 2008-09, with defenseman Sergei Gonchar sidelined due to a preseason shoulder injury, Goligoski was inserted into the lineup and responded well by producing 20 points in 45 games. After appearing in two postseason games during the team's Stanley Cup run that spring, Goligoski's name earned a spot on the Cup. During 2009-10, Goligoski appeared in 67 games and registered 37 points. He appeared in all 13 of the team's playoff games and contributed nine points. After 60 games and 31 points in 2010-11, Goligoski was dealt at the trade deadline in exchange for James Neal and Matt Niskanen. In 177 regular season games with the Penguins, Goligoski socred 90 points, 94th-most in franchise history. In 15 postseason games, Goligoski scored 10 points.

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Atlantic Division

-The Devils re-signed forward Zach Parise to a one-year contract worth $6 million. In 13 games last season, he scored six points (three goals, three assists).

-EN Says: The Devils want to lockout Parise (right) to a long-term contract. This just basically buys them some time to do that and allows both parties to avoid the unpleasant experience of an arbitration hearing. For the time being, this is a pretty good bargain for a player who can be one of the NHL's 10 best when healthy.

-Devils overlord Lou Lamoriello threw his support behind the Islanders' plans for a new arena.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs signed forward David Broll, a sixth-round pick in last month's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Southeast Division

-The Jets' AHL affiliate, the former Manitoba Moose, will now be known as the St. John's IceCaps.

Central Division

-It looks like the Predators and captain Shea Weber are heading to arbitration.

Pacific Division

-The Kings officially filed a grievance against the Oilers over the health of forward Colin Forbes, the player they received in a trade this offseason in exchange for Ryan Smyth.

Adams Division

-Former Canucks/Islanders/Kings/Blackhawks/Thrashers/Canadiens defenseman Brent Sopel (right) has joined Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL.

-Former Blues/Devils forward Mike Danton has joined IFK Ore of Sweden's third tier league. Danton spent five years in a United States prision for a failed murder-for-hire plot against his former agent.

(Photos: Roberts-Peter Diana/Post-Gazette; Naslund-Penguins Hockey Cards; Goligoski and Sopel-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Parise-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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