Empty Netter Assists - 06-25-12

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-The Penguins won't be the only teams interested in Zach Parise and/or Ryan Suter (above) July 1.

-“(Ray Shero) told me what the contract was and what he was going to do, and I said, ‘That’s great, but unless you take an equal contract back, I can’t do it,’ So I was never really in it.” - Senators general manager Bryan Murray on his team's interest in trading for former Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

-"I try and model myself after (Kings defenseman) Drew Doughty, guys like that, maybe (former Red Wings defenseman) Nick Lidstrom. I try to get that intensity and grittiness." - Derrick Pouliot (right), one of the Penguins' first round picks.

-“It was kind of frustrating at first because I was expecting to go a littler higher. I knew that I’d get picked eventually and whoever picked me would be getting a steal.” - Matia Marcantuoni on being drafted by the Penguins in the fourth round.

-“You’ve got to understand, there’s a process we have to go with, that we have to deal with. There’s a new exectuive director. I understand the speculation, but I’m not going to buy into it. We’re going to do what is right in terms of this process. We hope it will be quick, quiet and painless.” - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on negotiations with the NHLPA and the collective bargaining agreement which expires Sept. 15.

-Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice takes a look at the top 250 AHL free agents.

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Greg Millen (right). A sixth-round pick in 1977, Millen spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1978-79, Millen appeared in 28 games and had a 14-11-1 record with a 3.37 goals against average and two shutouts. Millen took over as the team's full-time starter in 1979-80 and saw action in 44 games. He had a record of 18-18-7 with a 3.64 goals against average and two shutouts. In the playoffs, Millen had a 2-3 record and a 3.51 goals against average. In 1980-81, Millen played in 63 games and had a 25-27-10 record and 4.16 goals against average. During that season, appeared in 26 consecutive games, a mark which remains a franchise record for a goaltender. He once again went 2-3 in the postseason with a 3.51 goals against average. In the 1981 offseason, Millen signed with the Hartford Whalers as an unrestricted free agent. The Penguins had an opportunity to match the offer, but general manager Baz Bastien neglected to do so as he was on a golfing vacation. In 135 regular season games with the Penguins, Millen had a record of 57-56-18 with a 3.83 goals against average with four shutouts. In 10 postseason games, he had a 4-6 record with a 3.84 goals against average. Millen is currently a broadcaster with CBC.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Sebastien Caron (right). A third-round pick in 1999, Caron spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2002-03, Caron appeared in 24 games and recorded a dismal record of 7-14-2 but had impressive goals against average (2.64) and save percentage (.916) numbers as well as two shutouts. As a result, he was named to the NHL's all-rookie team. Caron spent the majority of the 2003-04 season as the Penguins' starter and appeared in 40 games. His record was 9-24-5 with a 3.74 goals against average and an .883 save percentage. Relegated to backup duty in 2005-06, Caron went 8-9-5 with a 3.98 goals against average and .881 save percentage. During that season, he suffered the first shootout loss in franchise history, a 3-2 loss at Carolina, Oct. 7, 2005. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with the Blackhawks. In 90 regular season games with the Penguins, Caron had a record of 24-47-12, a 3.49 goals against average, .892 save percentage and four shutouts. Caron spent most of last season with Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland before signing with the Flyers late in the regular season. He is currently a member of the Predators.

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-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Rene Corbet. Acquired at the 2000 trade deadline along with Tyler Moss in a deal which sent Brad Werenka to the Flames, Corbet spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in four regular season games and scored one goal down the stretch of 1999-2000 and then played in seven playoff games that spring while scoring two points. In 2000-01, Corbet saw action in 43 games and recorded 17 points. During that season's playoffs, Corbet appeared in 17 of the Penguins' 18 games and scored one goal. He joined Adler Mannheim in Germany in the 2001 offseason.

-Happy 41st birthday to Penguins assistant coach Todd Reirden.

Northeast Division

-"We’re going business as usual. That’s what the league has instructed teams to do. We’re operating under the terms of this collective bargaining agreement, and we’ll see what the future brings.” - Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke on the collective bargaining agreement.

Northwest Division

-Expect Wild general Chuck Fletcher to be aggressive July 1.

Pacific Division

-Kings forward Dustin Brown had a chat with President Obama:

(Photos: Suter and Parise-Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images; Pouliot-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Millen-Penguins Hockey Cards; Caron-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

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