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Empty Netter Assists - 06-15-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Civic Arena site will become a temporary parking lot.

-Former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev (right) is seeking a return to the NHL after leaving Atlant Moscow Oblast of Russia's KHL. He had one year remaining in his contract.

-Penguins goaltending prospect Mattias Modig has joined Växjö of Sweden's Elitserien.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens signed forward Steven Quailer, a third-round pick in 2008, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-Montreal is expected to hire former Red Wings/Lightning forward and former Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant as an assistant coach. He has spent the past three seasons as head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Southeast Division

-The Panthers signed former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Jason DeSantis to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Jets hired former Canadiens/Rangers/Senators/(original) Jets assistant Perry Pearn as an assistant coach.

-The Capitals are not expected to hire a coach before next weekend's draft.

-The Lightning will switch its AHL affiliation from the Norfolk Admirals to the Syracuse Crunch. Norfolk, which just won the Calder Cup, just wrapped up one of the most dominant seasons in AHL history by winning 43 of its final 46 games.

Central Division

-The Blues signed Penguins trainer forward Chris Stewart (right) to a one-year contract worth $3 million. Stewart, 24, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 1. In 79 games last season, Stewart scored 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists).

-EN Says: After back to back seasons with 28 goals, Stewart production took quite a dive. Some of that could be attributed to the Blues' adopting a defensive approach under head coach Ken Hitchcock last season. But Stewart saw a dip of 13 goals while being mostly healthy. That's hardly insignificant. The Blues are hoping he can rebound obviously, but they're wise wise not to invest too much into a player coming off a down season. If Stewart rebounds, he could potentially be one of the top restricted free agents next summer.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche promoted David Quinn from head coach of their AHL affiliate in Lake Erie (in Cleveland actually, not literally the Lake) to assistant coach with the NHL club.

Pacific Division

-An estimated 250,000 turned out for the Kings victory parade yesterday.

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-Confetti everywhere:

-Quite a few folks showed up outsides Staples Center:

-And on top of overpasses:

-Captain Dustin Brown held the Cup up for the masses:

-As did teammate Anze Kopitar:

-Darth Vader. Kings fan:

-Do yourself a favor and check out this panoramic view of the parade from the L.A. Times.

-"I think I took more pictures than a lot of fans did." - Kings forward Dustin Penner.

-After the parade, a rally was held at Staples Center.

-Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick let a few profanities slip during his speech. (Note: Link contains vulgarities.)

-Kings executive and former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille spoke:

-Kings fan Dave Krasne placed a Stanley Cup championship hat near the names of Garnet "Ace" Bailey and Mark Bavis at the 9/11 Memorial at the site of Ground Zero in New York. Bailey and Bavis were scouts for the Kings who were killed when United Flight 175 crashed into South Tower of the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001.

-Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi is the first former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin to get his name on the Stanley Cup twice.

-The Kings have already seen a spike in season ticket sales.

-The Stars signed defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, a seventh-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-With the Lightning making the Syracuse Crunch their AHL affiliate, the Ducks are expected to join up with the Norfolk Admirals.

(Photos: Kovalev-Donald Miralle/Allsport/Getty Images; Stewart-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Kings-Victor Decolongon/Getty Images, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Jae C. Hong/Associated Press and Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

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