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Empty Netter Assists - 06-16-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The NHL released the full order for next weekend's draft. The Penguins hold picks 22, 52, 83, 92, 113, 143 and 173.

-Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar has an interesting side business.

-Penguins defensive prospect Scott Harrington was selected for Canada's roster in this summer's Russia-Canada challenge between junior teams. (PG+)

-Former Penguins defensive prospect Viktor Ekbom has joined EHC München of Germany's DEL.

-Happy 66th birthday to former Penguins forward Derek Sanderson. A star with the Bruins during their Stanley Cup days in the early 1970s, Sanderson capped off his 13-year NHL career by signing with the Penguins late in the the 1977-78 season and and appearing in 13 games while scoring four points. "Turk" retired in the 1978 offseason.

Northeast Division

-"I talked to Tim and he said ‘Pete, I’m just tired. It’s time for me to take the year and I’m seriously considering it.’ The time he’s telling me in advance certainly helps us out, but he’s a goalie maybe in the prime of his career because success came later for him. Anything is possible and I’m sure we haven’t heard the end of it. But I respect his decision that he wants to spend more time with his family – and other things.” - Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli on the future of goaltender Tim Thomas (right).

-The Canadiens hired Gerard Gallant and Clément Jodoin as assistant coaches.

-Senators defenseman Chris Phillips' new restaraunt in Ottawa suffered $30,000 in damage due to an electrical fire on his opening weekend.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning acquired the signing rights of goaltender Anders Lindback, forward Kyle Wilson and a seventh-round pick in next week's draft from the Predators in exchange for the signing rights to former Penguins goaltender Sebastien Caron, two second-round draft picks in next weekend's draft and a third-round pick in 2013. Lindback, 24, appeared in 16 NHL games last season and had a 5-8-0 record with a 2.42 goals against averager and .912 save percentage. He is scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 1. Wilson, 27, appeared in five NHL games last season and failed to score a point. He has one year left on a contract with a salary cap hit of $550,000. Caron, 31, played in three NHL games lst season and had a 1-1-0 record with a 3.12 save percentage along with an .877 save percentage.

-EN Says: Despite having very little in terms of an NHL resume, the Lightning seem convinced that Lindback (right) can become a No. 1 goaltender. Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman better hope so because he paid a hefty price for a goaltender with little experience. The Predators, who have done nothing but built their franchise through the draft, reaped a heavy return for Lindback. Wilson and Caron are spare parts.

-Tampa Bay re-signed former Penguins forward Adam Hall, 31, and forward J.T. Wyman, 26, to one-year contracts. Hall, signed to a one-way contract with undisclosed financial terms, appeared in 57 games last season and scored seven points (two goals, five assists). Wyman, who signed a two-way contract, played in 40 NHL games last season and scored 11 points (two goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: Both players are beneficial to the organization's depth.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said there has been “significantly more discussions this week” involving a potential trade for captain Rick Nash.

-Neil Sheehy, the agent for Predators defenseman Ryan Suter, shot down a report that his client submitted a list of teams he would not accept a trade to.

-Predators general manager David Poile said he expects Suter to test unrestricted free agency July 1.

-The Blackhawks placed goaltending prospect Alexander Salak on waivers.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks re-signed forward Aaron Volpatti to a one-year two-way contract. In 23 NHL games last season, he scored one goal.

Pacific Division

-Several members of the Kings did their thing with the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas.

-The Kings re-signed minor-league forwards Marc-Andre Cliche and Rich Clune to two-year contracts. Financial teams were not revealed.

-The Ducks signed forward Max Friberg (right), a fifth-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Adams Division

-After 13 seasons and 739 regular-season games, NHL referee Stephane Auger announced his retirement.

-Former Predators forward Ryan Thang has joined the Augsburger Panther of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Thomas-Al Bello/Getty Images; Lindback-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Nash-Harry How/Getty Images; Friberg-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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