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Empty Netter Assists - 05-30-12

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Penguins

-"We won the Cup two times when I was in Pittsburgh and both times we took the trophy and we celebrated. So my past with it was we enjoyed it and had success. It’s always to me is mindboggling that two teams refuse to touch that conference championship trophy and every year one of them fails to win the Stanley Cup because of some people being superstitious. In Pittsburgh we grabbed it on the ice, we took it in the locker room, we hugged it. You have to work incredibly hard to win that. For me, I don’t know why you don’t enjoy it.” - Former Penguins forward Ron Francis (right) on the superstition of not touching the Prince of Wales Trophy or Clarence Campbell Bowl.

-"I got to party again with the Stanley Cup." - Former Penguins forward Bryan Trottier on winning the Stanley Cup in 1992.

-Former forward Jason Williams has joined Ambrì-Piotta of Switzerland's NLA. In eight games with the NHL Penguins last season, Williams had two points (one goal, one assist). In 59 games with the AHL Penguins, Williams scored 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists).

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jiri Slegr (right). Acquired in the 1997 offseason in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Oilers, Slegr spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. In 1997-98, Slegr appeared in 73 games and recorded 17 points. He saw action in six playoff games that spring and recorded four assists. Despite appearing in only 63 games in 1998-99, Slegr's offensive numbers went up as he netted 23 points. During the 1999 postseason, he played in 13 games and contributed four points.  In 1999-2000, Slegr played in 74 games and scored 31 points, including a career-high 11 goals. He appeared in 13 postseason games that spring and scored five points. After appearing in 42 games and recording 15 points in 2000-01, Slegr was traded to the Thrashers for a draft pick. In 252 regular season games with the Penguins, Slegr scored 86 points, the 98th-most total in franchise history. In 29 postseason games, he scored 13 points.

Playoff Stuff
Devils - Kings

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-"Have I thought about that? Yeah, I've thought about that since I was 4 years old." - Kings captain Dustin Brown (right) on potentiall winning the Stanley Cup.

-“Certainly the towns are a little different, where as Pittsburgh is a little more into hockey the entire season. But it’s really been fun to be a part of Los Angeles to see people kind of come over and get into the games.” - Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi comparing his current Stanley Cup run to his championship run with the Penguins in 2009.

-“I was rooting against Marty (Brodeur) then." - Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick on growing up a fan of the Devils' rival, the Rangers.

-“It’s a great feeling to be here from where we were a year ago.” - Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador on his team missing the postseason in 2010-11.

-Regardless of how this final turns out, the Kings are built for the future.

-On the secondary market, tickets to Games 1 and 2 in New Jersey actually cost less than tickets to Games 3, 4 and 6 in the Eastern Conference final against the rival Rangers.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-In a wide-ranging interview, Flyers owner Ed Snider suggested his team would still be playing if captain Chris Pronger was healthy and said goaltender Ilya Brzygalov (right) wasn't prepared for Philadelphia fans.

-The Rangers signed forward Jesper Fasth, a sixth-round pick in 2010, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not revealed.

-The Islanders signed forward John Persson to a three-year entry-level contract.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs signed forward Leo Komarov, a sixth-round pick in 2006, to a one-year contract.

-The Bruins signed undrafted goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a two-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-The Red Wings signed forward Teemu Pulkkinen, a fourth-round pick in 2010, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-"We discussed it with Patrick. We've handled that internally. We're obviously disappointed with how it played out and Patrick is aware of that fact. At this point, it's a private matter." - Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman on photos of forward Patrick Kane partying earlier this month in Madison, Wisc.

-The Blackhawks re-signed Johnny Oduya (four years, $10.125 million) and forward Jamal Mayers (one year, $600,000). Oduya (right), 30, will have a salary cap hit of $3,375,000. He appeared in 81 games and scored 18 points (three goals, 15 assists). Mayers, 37, appeared in 81 games last season and scored 15 points (six goals, nine assists).

-Chicago signed goaltenders Mac Carruth (seventh round, 2010), Kent Simpson (second round, 2010), forward Joakim Nordstrom (third round, 2010) and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (third round, 2011) to three-year entry-level contracts.

-The Blues signed goaltender Jordan Binnington, a third-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes signed forward Phil Lane, a second-round pick in 2010, to a three-year entry-level contract.

(Photos: Francis-Penguins Hockey Cards; Slegr-Ken White/Allsport/Getty Images; Brown and Oduya-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Bryzgalov-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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