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Empty Netter Assists - 06-11-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Sidney Crosby (above). Still doesn't have a contract extension. (PG+)

-Today would've been the 73rd birthday of former Penguins defenseman Ted Lanyon. Acquired from Cleveland of the AHL in exchange for cash in the 1966 offseason, Lanyon's NHL career amounted to five games and zero points in the Penguins inagural season of 1967-68. He was released from the organization in the 1970 offseason. He passed away, May 21, 2008.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Kip Miller (right). Claimed off waivers from the Islanders prior to the 1998-99 season, Miller spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Playing much of 1998-99 alongside Jaromir Jagr, Miller recorded a career-high 42 points in 77 games. During the 1999 postseason, he played in 13 games and contributed nine points. After appearing in 44 games and recording 19 points in 1999-2000, Miller was traded to the Mighty Ducks in exchange for a draft pick in January. He returned to the Penguins in the 2000 offseason as a free signing and saw action in 33 games in 2000-01 while scoring 11 points. In the 2001 offseason, Miller joined the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. A member of the renown Michigan State Miller family (brother Kevin also played with the Penguin), Kip Miller is one four former Hobey Baker Award (college hockey's Heisman Trophy) to have played for the Penguins (Brian Bonin, Bryan Holzinger and Jordan Leopold are the others.) In 154 games with the Penguins, Miller recorded 72 points.

-Today would've been the 43rd birthday of former Penguins defenseman Bryan Fogarty. Acquired at the 1992 trade deadline in a deal which sent Scott Young to the Quebec Nordiques, Fogarty's Penguins' career amounted to 12 games and four assists in 1992-93. In the 1993 offseason, he signed with the expansion Tampa Bay Lighting. Fogarty who battled alcohol and drug addiction throughout his career, passed away March 6, 2002.

Playoff Stuff
Devils - Kings

-"If somebody would have told us that we were going to go up 3-2 going home to have the chance to close it out, I think everybody would sign that paper." - Kings forward Anze Kopitar (right).

-“I don’t care. I didn’t think it happened it all.” - Devils forward Patrik Elias on the 1942 Maple Leafs being the only team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup despite being in a 0-3 deficit in the Final series.

-“When your bus has to pull by the 10 limos parked on the road for the after-party, that’s definitely a motivation.” - Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

-“We won last time she was there. I’ll buy her a ticket if we can do that again.” - DeBoer on adult film actress Taylor Stevens who sat behind the Devils' bench during Game 4 in order to distract New Jersey.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Central Division

-Former Penguins forward Tyler Wright will be plenty busy during the draft here in Pittsburgh as the Blue Jackets' director of amateur scouting.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks acquired the signing rights to defenseman Brad Stuart (right) from the Red Wings in exchange for forward Andrew Murray and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014. In 81 games last season, Stuart scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists). Stuart, 32, was the Sharks' first round pick in 1998 and spent parts of the first six seasons of his NHL career in San Jose. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Murray, 31, appeared in 31 NHL games this past season and scored four points (one goal, three assists). He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

-Stuart asked the Red Wings for a trade in order to be closer to his family in San Jose.

-"Making the decision to leave wasn't easy. My family tied into that. Detroit was a great experience for me. I learned a lot being around some of the best best players in the game, including (Nicklas) Lidstrom, the best defenseman of this generation. The organization was more than understanding -- they bent over backwards to make sure I was given the opportunity to make things work. I have to thank them for the things they did for me. I'm a better player for my time there." - Stuart.

-EN Says: If the Sharks can sign Stuart, this is a great trade for them. He adds an element of toughness to their blue line as well as a steady, responsible stay at home presence. Plus, he has a Stanley Cup ring and there aren't too many of those in San Jose. For the Red Wings, they make the most out of a player who didn't want to be in Detroit any longer. With this move and the retirement of Lidstrom, expect the Red Wings to be aggressive with free agent defensemen July 1.

(Photos: Crosby-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Miller-Steve Babineau/Allsport/Getty Images; Kopitar-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Stuart-Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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