Empty Netter Assists - 06-02-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-The Penguins have signed forward Dominik Uher (right), a fifth-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract. (PG+) Uher, 19, appeared in 68 games last season and scored 68 points (33 goals, 35 assists) for Spokane of the WHL last season.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward and captain Dan Frawley. Claimed off waivers from the Blackhawks prior to the 1985-86 season, Frawley spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. His first season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 69 games and record 21 points as well as a team-leading 174 penalty minutes. The 1986-87 campaign saw him establish career highs in games (78), goals (14), assists (14), points (28) and penalty minutes (218). The following season, while he served as the team's captain for two month while Mario Lemieux healed from an injury, Frawley was limited to 47 games, 14 points and 152 penalty minutes. And in 1988-89, he only appeared in 46 games and recorded seven points and 66 penalty minutes. After spending the entire 1989-90 season with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Muskegon, Frawley was released in the 1990 offseason. In 240 season games with the Penguins, Frawley scored 70 points.

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-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Scott Bjugstad. Acquired midway through the 1988-89 season along with Gord Dineen in a deal which sent for Ville Siren and Steve Gotaas to the Minnesota North Stars, Bjugstad's Penguins career amounted to 24 games and three goals that campaign. In the 1989 offseason, he signed with the Kings as a free agent. He currently runs a hockey school in Minnesota.

Playoff Stuff
Devils - Kings

-"I tried to leave that in Pittsburgh but thank you very much for bringing that up. No one's called me it here. Every once in a while someone says it and I'll kind of make the shushing [sign]. It was funny. It's not like I said it on purpose. It's more of a funny thing that we can all laugh at." - Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi (right) on his nickname, "The Piece."

-“We were a good road team all season, our road record was pretty good. If we were going to sit here and say we would go 9-0, I probably wouldn’t have thought that. At the same time, you never look ahead. It started with Game 1 in Vancouver and has gone from there.” - Kings forward Colin Fraser on his team's perfect postseason road record.

-Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk called himself out for having a poor Game 1.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-The Rangers signed forward Oscar Lindberg. Terms of the contract were not revealed.

-The Islanders signed forward Blair Riley to a one-year two-way contract.

Northeast Division

-Citing family reasons, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas (right) is considering not playing in 2012-13. He is entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $5 million.

-The Bruins signed forwards Daniel Paille to a three-year contract worth a total of $3.9 million and former Penguins forward Chris Bourque to a two-year contract. Bourque's first year is a two-way contract while the second year is one-way and will have a salary cap hit of $500,000. Paille, who will have a salary cap hit of $1.3 million, appeared in 69 games last season and scored 15 points.

-EN Says: This is a good contract for a dependable, defensive third-liner who is strong on the penalty kill.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes signed forward Brody Sutter, a seventh-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract and defenseman Justin Krueger to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-Predators general manager David Poile has begun talking a new contract with unrestricted free agent to be Ryan Suter.

-If you're a fan of stick on puck like we are, you'll watch this video on former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom starting around the 2:30 mark:

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-The Predators signed forward Daniel Bang to one-year two-way contract.

-The Blackhawks signed defenseman Adam Clendening, a second-round pick in 2011, to a three-year contract.

-The Blues signed forward Ty Rattie, a second-round pick in 2011, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not revealed.

Northwest Division

-“You can always listen but for us to move the No. 1 pick it would have to be quite a significant proposal.” - Oilers forward Steve Tambellini on having the first-overall pick in this month's draft.

Adams Division

-“I’m Muslim, I’m not Russian." - Forward Nail Yakupov, the consensus No. 1 overall pick in this month's draft, dismissing concerns of that drafting a Russian player could be troublesome.

-Former Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (right) has joined Metallurg Magnitogorsk of Russia's KHL.

-Former Maple Leafs defenseman Jonas Frogen has joined Dinamo Minsk of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Uher-Spokane Chiefs; Scuderi-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Thomas-Al Bello/Getty Images; Zuccarello-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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