Empty Netter Assists - 06-13-12

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-The Penguins are in no rush to re-sign Steve Sullivan. (PG+)

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins forward Blair Chapman (right). A first-round pick in 1976, Chapman spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. Appearing in all 80 of the team's games in 1976-77, Chapman recorded 37 points as a rookie. During that spring's postseason, he contributed two points in three games. In 1977-78, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time by scoring 24 goals and 44 points in 76 games. After recording 18 points in 71 games during the 1978-79 regular season, he scored one goal in seven postseason games that spring. Chapman was traded after one game in 1979-80 to the Blues in exchange for Bob Stewart. In 227 games with the Penguins, Chapman scored 99 points, 85th-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he recorded four points.

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-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Gilhen. Acquired in the 1989 offseason in a deal along with Jim Kyte and Andrew McBain in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to the Jets, Gilhen spent two seasons in Pittsburgh. The 1989-90 season saw him play in 61 games and record 16 points. In 1990-91, Gilhen appeared in 72 games and set career highs in goals (15) and points (25). Gilhen played in 16 games that postseason, scored one goal and helped the franchise earn its first Stanley Cup title. In the 1991 offseason, he was claimed by the North Stars through the expansion draft. In 133 regular season games with the Penguins, Gilhen scored 41 points.

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-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Roche. A third-round pick in 1993, Roche spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1995-96, Roche appeared in 71 games and recorded 14 points. In the 1995 postseason, Roche appeared in 16 games and contributed nine points. The 1996-97 season saw Roche appear in 61 games and record 10 points as well as a team-high 155 penalty minutes. After spending the entire 1997-98 campaign with Syracuse of the AHL, Roche was traded in the 1998 offseason to the Flames along with Ken Wregget in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko. In 132 regular season games with the Penguins, Roche recorded 24 points.

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-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins forward Matt Bradley. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline in a deal which sent Wayne Primeau to the Sharks, Bradley missed the rest of 2002-03 due to a broken wrist. In 2003-04, he appeared in all 82 games and scored 16 points. Following the lockout, he signed with the Capitals. He is currently a member of the Panthers.

Playoff Stuff
Devils - Kings

-Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi (right) is the first blueliner to win the Stanley Cup twice in the post-lockout era.

-The Kings have to figure out what they want to do with unrestricted free agent forwards Jarret Stoll, Dustin Penner, Colin Fraser and restricted free agent forward Dwight King.

-A big priority for the Kings is signing goaltender Jonathan Quick to a contract extension as he enters the final season of his current contract. He currently has a salary cap hit of $1.8 million.

-Quick tied a record for single-postseason save percentage by goaltenders with at least 10 games. His save percentage of .946 tied the mark set by former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime, then of the Senators, in 2002.

-Kings captain Dustin Brown's children blew chocolate milk bubbles in the Stanley Cup.

-The Kings and the Stanley Cup paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel.

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-Are the Kings built for multiple championships?

-“I’ve said it all along. He’ll make the decision whether he wants to come back. I really don’t want to talk about it now, but Marty will be a Devil as long as he wants to be. I don’t think there’s ever something he and I have trouble with. I don’t want to see him put on any other uniform. I don’t think he wants to.” - Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello on the future of goaltender Martin Brodeur.

-The Devils' playoff run raked in $32.3 million for the franchise.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-Flyers forward Ian Laperriere officially announced his retirement. In sixteen seasons with the Blues, Rangers, Kings, Avalanche and Flyers, Laperriere appeared in 1,083 games, scored 336 points and recorded 1,956 penalty minutes.

-The Devils will not forfeit their first-round pick (No. 29) in this month's draft. As a penalty for signing forward Ilya Kovalchuk to an illegal contract in 2010, the Devils were penalized by the NHL. Part of the penalty was forfeiture of a first-rounder in 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014.

Northwest Division

-The Oilers signed defenseman Oscar Klefbom (right), a first-round pick in last year's draft (No. 19 overall), to a three-year entry-level contract.

(Photos: Chapman-Penguins Hockey Cards; Scuderi-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Klefbom-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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