Empty Netter Assists - 06-08-12

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-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Phil Bourque. An undrafted free agent signed prior to the 1982-83 season, Bourque spent parts of eight seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 1983-84 by appearing in five games and scoring one goal. He followed that up in 1985-86 by playing in four contests and failing to record a point. During 1986--87, Bourque (right) saw action in 22 games and collected five points. In 1987-88, he played in 21 games and contributed 16 points. The 1988-89 season was his first full campaign in the NHL as he appeared in a team-leading 80 games and recorded a career-high 43 points. In 11 postseason games that spring, he scored five points. He followed that up with a 39-point effort in 76 games during 1989-90. The 1990-91 season saw Bourque appear in 76 games and recorded 34 points including a career-high 22 goals. He added 13 points in 24 postseason games and played a key role in the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship. In 1991-92, Bourque only appeared in 58 games and scored 26 points. He helped the Penguins successfully defend their championship by netting seven points in 21 playoff games. In the 1992 offseason, he signed with the Rangers. In 344 regular season games with the Penguins, Bourque scored 164 points, 49th-most in franchise history. In 56 postseason games, Bourque had 25 points. "The Old Two-Niner," is currently a radio broadcaster with the Penguins.

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Playoff Stuff
Devils - Kings

-"It's not supposed to be a sweep all the time. You're not supposed to win every game." - Kings forward Justin Williams on his team failing to sweep the series.

-Devils forward and former Penguin Petr Sykora is playing his the sixth Stanley Cup Final of his career.

-The Devils' power play has gone 0 for 15 in the series.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-Flyers forward Ian Laperriere (right), who has missed each of the past two seasons due to a head injury, plans on officially retiring this summer.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes re-signed minor league goaltender John Muse to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-Blues president John Davidson interviewed for an executive position with the Blue Jackets. Davidson has a window in his current contract with St. Louis to interview with other franchises.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche signed forward David Jones to a four-year contract extension worth a total of $16 million. Jones, 27, will have a salary cap hit of $4 million. In 72 games this past season, he scored 37 points (20 goals, 17 assists).

-EN Says: This might seem like a hefty price, but considering Jones has consecutive 20-goal seasons, he could have possibly commanded more in a lean free agent market. Overall, Jones will give you a streaky offensive game. He's good for 20 goals a season and is solid without the puck.

-Colorado also re-signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a two-year contract worth a total of $3.2 million. Hunwick, 27, will have a salary cap hit of $1.6 million. In 33 games last season, Hunwick scored six points (three goals, three assists).

-EN Says: Huwick is a No. 5 or 6 defenseman who can move the puck but offers little else. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, he is hardly a physical presence.

-Having struggled this past season with concussions he suffered as a player, Avalanche assistant coach Adam Deadmarsh (right) resigned.

-The Flames fired associated coach Craig Hartsburg.

Pacific Division

-The Goldwater Institute is once again trying to hold up a potential deal between the Coyotes and the city of Glendale, Ariz.

-The Ducks re-signed minor league forward Patrick Maroon to a one-year two-way contract.

(Photos: Bourque-Penguins Hockey Cards; Laperriere-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Deadmarsh-Nevin Reid/Allsport/Getty Images)

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