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Empty Netter Assists - 10-04-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-A technicality can allow Sidney Crosby (above) to come off injured reserve quickly.

-"He lasted longer than we thought. The more he absorbed, the better he played In the end, we decided last night that it was probably best to send him back." - Ray Shero on the decision to send Joe Morrow to his junior team. (PG+)

-A look at the AHL Penguins' depth chart after yesterday's cuts.

-Happy 70th birthday to former Penguins forward Vic Hadfield (right). Acquired from the Rangers in the 1974 offseason in a deal with sent Nick Beverly to New York, Hadfield spent parts of three seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1974-75, Hadfield played in 78 games and was third on the team in goals (31) and fourth in points (78). In that spring's postseason, he saw action in nine games and contributed six goals. Hadfield appeared in 76 games in 1975-76 and scored 31 goals and 65 assists. In the 1976 postseason, he scored one goal in three games. Hadfield's final NHL season was 1976-77. He was limited to nine games and two assists. He retired in the 1977 offseason. In 163 regular season games with the Penguins, Hadfield, one of three former Penguins who captain the Rangers (Andy Bathgate and Jaromir Jagr are the others), scored 140 points, 54th-most in franchise history. He currently owns a golfing center which bears his name in Oakville, Ont.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Rusty Fitzgerald. A second-round pick in 1991, Fitzgerald spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1994-95, Fitzgerald appeared in four games and scored one goal. He played in five playoff games that spring and failed to record a point. His only other NHL season was 1995-96. He saw action in 21 games and scored three points. After missing all of 1996-97 and much of 1997-98 due to a knee injury, Fitzgerald joined the Quad City Mallards of the UHL in the 1998 offseason. In 25 regular season games with the Penguins, Fitzgerald scored four points.

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers got goals from Ryan Callahan, Mike Rupp, Ruslan Fedotenko and Artem Anisimov in an 8-4 loss to the NLA's EV Zug in Switzerland.

-Rupp, the former Penguin, was wearing a microphone for one of his team's recent games in Switzerland:

-The Devils demoted defenseman Alex Urbom, Matt Taormina, Jay Leach, Mark Fraser, Peter Harrold, Matt Corrente, forwards Stephane Veilleux, Vladimir Zharkov, Tim Sestito, Rod Pelley and goaltender Keith Kinkaid to Albany of the AHL. Leach, Harrold, Corrente, Veilleux, Zharkov, Sestito, Pelley and Fraser must clear waivers. Forward Steve Bernier was released.

-"He's clearly still got it." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on the skills of forward Jaromir Jagr.

-"The season hasn't even started yet and I feel like the chemistry has been great. I can already tell that we will have a good year." - Flyers forward and former Penguin Maxime Talbot.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs demoted forwards Darryl Boyce, Joey Crabb, the great Mike Zigomanis (right), defensemen Matt Lashoff and Keith Aulie to Toronto of the AHL. Boyce, Crabb and Lashoff must clear waivers.

-Knee surgery is expected to sideline Senators defenseman Matt Carkner four to six weeks.

-“He was just himself and he did things the right way and as much as we’re going to miss him as a person and a leader, we gained so much from him from the time that he was here that his legacy is going to continue on in a lot of us guys, especially the young guys.’’ - Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference on retired forward Mark Recchi.

Southeast Division

-NHL executive Brendan Shanahan opted not to discipline Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone for a hit to the head of Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli Saturday:

-“I’m not disappointed, but I’m somewhat surprised. When we talk about it, the biggest thing is hits to the head and I got hit to the head.” - Campoli.

-EN Says: Shanahan's decision in this instance is certainly questionable, especially considering his close relationship with Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman, but it's refreshing to see him provide videos for plays where he does and does not dole out discipline.

-Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund will start the season on injured reserve due to an ailing right knee.

-The Panthers assigned Jonathan Huberdeau, their first-round pick in this year's draft, to Saint John of the QMJHL.

-The Jets signed forward Mark Scheifele, their first-round pick in tihs year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-The Predators demoted forward Ryan Ellis (right) to Milwaukee of the AHL.

-The Red Wings signed forward Fabian Brunnstrom, who was in training camp on a tryout basis, to a one-year two-way contract. Additionally, forward Ryan Johnson was released.

-The Blackhawks demoted forwards Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc, Brandon Pirri and defenseman Dylan Olsen to Rockford of the AHL.

-Chicago signed goaltender Ray Emery, who was in camp on a tryout basis, to a one-year contract worth $600,000 and demoted goaltender Alexander Salak to Rockford.

Northwest Division

-Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in this summer's draft, will start the season in the NHL.

-The Canucks demoted forward Mark Mancari to Chicago of the AHL.

-Wild goaltender Josh Harding injured an ankle while taking part in a team-building activity in Superior, Wisc. With Harding dinged up, the Wild recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from Houston of the AHL.

-The Avalanche has the league's lowest payroll at $49,124,084.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks will face Jokerit of Finland's SM-liiga in an exhibition game Tuesday. Jokerit is partially owned by Ducks forward Teemu Selanne.

-Will captain Shane Doan (right) stay with the Coyotes beyond this season?

-The Sharks demoted forwards Benn Ferriero, John McCarthy and defenseman Justin Braun to Worcester of the AHL.

-San Jose signed forward Brad Winchester, who was in camp on a tryout basis, to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not reported.

-Stars forward Adam Burish is dealing with a groin injury.

(Photos: Crosby-Chris McGrath/Getty Images; Hadfield-Penguins Hockey Cards; Zigomanis-Abelimages/Getty Images; Ellis-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Doan-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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