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Empty Netter Assists - 06-24-12

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Penguins

-"Obviously looking forward with [Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin] and a lot of other great players, the opportunity for me didn't seem to be there." - Former Penguins center Jordan Staal.

-"If I did sign that 10-year extension with Pittsburgh, the opportunity play with Eric would dwindle a lot. That was a little part of why I didn’t do that." - Staal on playing with his brother, Hurricanes captain Eric Staal (above).

-"I won't lie. I've wanted to play with him since he broke into the league." - Eric Staal on Jordan Staal.

-"A lot can happen over the next 10 days." - Ray Shero on the large amount of salary cap space he all of a sudden has.

-It might be premature to preorder those Zach Parise and Ryan Suter jerseys. (PG+)

-“He’s a little bummed. We’ve had a lot of conversations and I’m very close with Brandon. I told him yesterday he was like my brother without my blood. We’ll really miss him.” - Eric Staal on center Brandon Sutter (right) being moved to the Penguins.

-"There wasn't a replacement for Jordan Staal. We don't really view Brandon as a replacement. Not having Jordan on our team, there's a void on our team. We felt like we needed to address that in a trade. We feel like we did that. Is he Jordan Staal? Is he as tall as Jordan Staal? No, he's not the same guy. We're not asking him to be the same guy. But he is a very good person in that role, what we need." - Dan Bylsma on Sutter.

-"I spent a lot of time, watched him grow up. He's a great player, did a lot of great things. To see him go and be in that situation is not the easiest thing to do." - Bylsma on Staal.  (PG+)

-Bylsma speaks:

-Ray Shero speaks on Saturday:

-Shero on Friday:

-Todd Reirden speaks:

-Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford speaks:

-Hurricanes executive and former Penguins captain Ron Francis speaks:

-The annoucement of Staal being dealt:

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-Pouliot being drafted:

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-Matta being drafted:

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-Second-round pick Theodor Blueger speaks:

-Third round pick Oskar Sundqvist speaks:

-Third round pick Matthew Murray speaks:

-Fourth round pick Matia Marcantuoni speaks:

-Gary Bettman offered an apology to Mario Lemieux for not giving him the first overall pick:

-We think.

-Pouliot met some of his new fans:

-Third-rounders Oskar Sundqvist (left) and Matthew Murray:

-Maatta and fellow Finn, Chicago first-rounder Teuvo Teravainen, struck a pose:

-The obligatory draft glamour shots. Blueger:

-Marcantuoni:

-Murray:

-“We didn’t have a brother named Staal. That’s part of the problem." - Maples Leafs general manager Brian Burke on his team's inability to swing a deal for Staal.

-"It's really difficult to make a trade that makes sense for both sides, playing in the same division." - Rangers general manager Glen Sather on potentially making a deal with the Penguins.

-"We didn't want to lose (him) a couple years ago. He was a very important player with us with regards to our culture and how we wanted to play. He was somebody we did not want to lose." - Coyotes general manager Don Maloney on re-acquiring defenseman Zbynek Michalek (right) from the Penguins.

-Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins takes a look at some of the Penguins' new prospects.

-"I don't think I could have gone to a better organization. They're growing and they're going to be cup contenders again next year." - Sean Maguire on being drafted in the fourth round by the Penguins.

-Remember when the Penguins didn't draft Europeans?

-Every draft pick by round.

-Consol Energy Center was all drafted up:

-The Penguins extended their radio affiliationg with WXDX-FM through 2017-18.

-"It's a great sports city, but the passion they have for their Penguins is unbelievable. We're late in the draft and the lines for everything are overwhelming." - Phil Pritchard, currator at the Hockey Hall of Fame and "Keeper of the Cup" on Pittsburgh.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Jeff Daniels (right). A sixth-round pick in 1986, Daniel spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie, Daniels appeared in 11 games for the Penguins and recorded two assists in 1990-91. The following season, he only played in two games and failed to score a point. Daniels finally found full-time work with the NHL team in 1992-93 as he appeared in 58 games and netted nine points. That spring, he he added five points in 12 postseason games. After playing 63 games and recording eight points in 1993-94, Daniels was traded to the Panthers at the trade deadline in exchange for Greg Hawgood. In 134 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 19 points. He is currently the head coach and general manager of the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers getting a warm welcome from Penguins fans as they selected Scott Laughton:

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-The Flyers acquired defenseman Luke Schenn from the Maple Leafs in exchange for forward James van Riemsdyk. Schenn, 22, played in 79 games last season and scored 22 points (two goals, 20 assists). He has four season remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.6 million. van Riemsyk, 23, appeared in 43 games last season and scored 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists). He has six years left on a contract with a salary cap hit of $4.25 million.

-EN Says: We like this trade for each team. Both teams deal from a area of strength and fill an area of need. Schenn (right) has had a bright spotlight on him ever since he was drafted in the first round of 2009. He didn't always thrive in the pressure of Toronto but his skill set is still very impressive. For the Flyers, Schenn can step in and fill a void on a blue line ravaged by injuries to the like of Chris Pronger and others. For van Riemsdyk, he kind of got lost in the shuffle of the depth the Flyers had up front with their forwards. The No. 2 overall pick of the 2007 draft, van Riemsdyk is a large power forward which Maple Leafs management covets.

-“It’s just surreal right now. It’s going to be exciting to play with my brother, that’s for sure. I can’t describe how cool this is.” - Schenn on joining his brother, Flyers forward Brayden Schenn.

-“I wish management wanted me back as much as the fans.. Thanks for the love everyone.” - Rangers forward Brandon Prust, via Twitter, on his inability to work out a contract extension with New York.

-The Islanders drafted defenseman Griffin Reinhart in the first round. It was the first time since 1997 when they selected Eric Brewer that the Islanders selected defenseman in the first round.

-The Islanders had a draft party at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum complete with a Ferris wheel:

-“I told him we might not let his father in the building to watch him play." - Devils general manager Stefan Matteau, son of former Rangers forward Stephane Matteau. In 1994, Stephane Matteau scored the series-clinching overtime goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against New Jersey.

-Lamoriello said things were "status quo" with efforts to re-sign captain Zach Parise.

Northeast Division

-“I don’t know if he’s going to like me too much. To be honest, I never really liked him too much.” - Goaltender Malcolm Subban (right), the Bruins' first round pick, on his brother, defenseman PK Subban of the rival Canadiens.

-Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas waived his no-trade clause which expires July 1.

-“Eleven teams didn’t draft me, so too bad for them." - Forward Mikhail Grigorenko who was drafted 12th overall by the Sabres.

-“I think I’ll be starting French lessons in a few days." - Forward Alexander Galchenyuk on being drafted in the first round by the Canadiens.

-Canadiens general manager and former Penguins defenseman Marc Bergevin yucked it up at his table:

-Burke explained his no-tie policy to fourth-round pick Dominic Toninato:

-We think

Southeast Division

-The Lightning acquired the signing rights to forward Benoit Pouliot from the Bruins in exchange for the signing rights to former Penguins forward Michel Ouellet and a fifth-round pick this weekend. In 74 games last season, Pouliot, 25, had 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists). Ouellet, 30, played in 55 games for the AHL's Norfolk Admirals and scored 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists).

-EN Says: The Lightning project Pouliot (right) as a secondary scoring option to the likes of Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. For the Bruins, Ouellet is a spare part the Lightning likely needed to clear off its roster.

-Team USA U18 forward Riley Barber, a native of Washington, Pa., was the only Western Pennsylvania player selected in the draft. The Capitals drafted him in the sixth round.

-Former Panthers captain Bryan McCabe will join the club in an undefined front office position.

-The Jets are not expected to re-sign restricted free agent forward Eric Fehr.

Central Division

-“I thought there might be (more interest at the draft). But there wasn’t.” - Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson on his attempts to trade captain Rick Nash.

-Hours after the draft, the Blue Jackets fired scouts Brian Bates, Andrew Shaw, Artem Telepin and John Williams.

-Detroit's Jake Paterson probably had the coolest of the glamour shots:

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche signed forward Matt Duchene to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $7 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $3.5 million. Duchene, 21, appeared in 58 games last season and scored 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists). He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 1.

-“(Yakupov) had no hesitation telling me he was a No. 1 pick." - Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini on drafting forward Nail Yakupov with the top overall pick.

Pacific Division

-“Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately. Obviously, it's not the ideal situation." - Ducks forward Bobby Ryan (right).

-The Ducks extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Nick Bonino.

-The Stars extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent defensemen Jordie Benn, Mark Fistric, forwards Ryan Garbutt, Luke Gazdic, Colton Sceviour and goaltender Richard Bachman. Forwards Angelo Esposito, the Penguins' first-round pick in 2007, and Michael Neal, brother of Penguins forward James Neal, did not receive offers.

-The Coyotes drafted Edmonton Oil Kings forward Henrik Samuelsson, son of former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, in the first round

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-The Kings re-signed forwards Jarret Stoll (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $9.75 million and Colin Fraser to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.65 million. Stoll, 30, appeared in 78 games last season and and scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) He will have a salary cap hit of $3.25 million. Fraser, 27, played in 67 games last season and scored eight points (four goals, four assists. Both players were scheduled to become restricted free agents July 1.

-EN Says: Both players are key to the Kings' bottom two lines. Stoll is one of the best faceoff specialists in the NHL and even has some scoring touch as he scored 20 goals two seasons ago. Fraser is an agitating, energy type of player.

-Assistant coach Jamie Kompon will not return to the Kings next season.

-The Sharks drafted U.S. National Under-18 Team forward Daniel O'Regan in the fifth round. He is the son of former Penguins forward Tom O'Regan:

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Adams Division

-Hall-of Fame Bruins/Maple Leafs defenseman Fern Flaman passed away at the age of 85. A scout with the Devils, Flaman played briefly for the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets in 1950-51.

-Former Avalanche defenseman Ray Macias has joined the Schwenninger Wild Wings of Germany's second-tier Bundesliga.

(Photos: Jordan and Eric Staal-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; NHL Draft-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Sutter-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Niskanen-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Schenn-Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images; Islanders-Mike Stobe/Getty Images; Pouliot-Elsa/Getty Images; Ryan-Harry How/Getty Images)

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