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Empty Netter Assists - 06-28-12

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Penguins

-The NHLPA and the NHL have agreed on a temporary salary cap of $70.2 million and will begin negotiations Friday.

-Craig Adams (right) will be one of 31 players on the NHLPA negotiating committee.

-With the collective bargaining agreement up in the air, the prospect tournament the Penguins usually participate in in September has been cancelled. (PG+)

-Marc Cheverie, the minor league goaltender the Penguins acquired from the Coyotes in exchange for Zbynek Michalek, is not expected to be a part of the Penguins' future.

-Dan Bylsma. Not a good golfer.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ric Jackman. Acquired midway through the 2003-04 season in a deal which sent Drake Berehowsky to the Maple Leafs, Jackman spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 25 games with the Penguins that campaign, Jackman was highly productive as he scored 24 points. During that season, the highlight of Jackman's Penguins career was an overtime goal in a 4-3 win at Phoenix which snapped an unofficial NHL record 18-game losing streak (below). Following the lockout, Jackman returned to the Penguins in 2005-06, and appeared in 49 games while recording 28 points. After falling out of favor with new coach Michel Therrien, Jackman was traded to the Panthers in exchange for Petr Taticek at the trade deadline. In 74 regular season games with the Penguins, Jackman scored 52 points. He is currently a member of Anyang Halla of the Asia League Ice Hockey.

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-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Niklas Nordgren. Acquired from the Hurricanes at the 2006 trade deadline along with Krys Kolanos and a draft pick in exchange for Mark Recchi, Nordgren's Penguins career amounted to 15 games and zero points in 2005-06. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with Rapperswil of the NLA in Switzerland. He is currently a member of Kloten of Switlerand's NLA.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders promoted Brent Thompson from coach of their AHL affiliate with Bridgeport to assistant coach with the NHL club.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens are not expected to re-sign unrestricted free agent forward Mathieu Darche.

Southeast Division

-Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller says he plans on playing Eric and Jordan Staal (right) on the same line together.

-“I look at the Caps’ lineup and the talent level and I don’t see any reason why we can’t push the pace, be an aggressive team, but at the same time not sacrificing defense and protecting our goalie. That requires commitment all over the ice.” - New Capitals coach Adam Oates.

-The Lightning re-signed defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not reported. In 41 games last season, he had three points (one goals, two assists).

Central Division

-The Blues signed head coach Ken Hitchock to a one-year contract extension through 2013-14.

Northwest Division

-The Flames acquired the signing rights to defenseman Dennis Wideman (right) from the Capitals in exchange for defenseman Jordan Henry and a fifth-round pick. After the trade, Calagry signed Wideman to a five-year contract worth a total of $26.25 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $5.25. In 82 games last season, Wideman scored 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists).

-EN Says: If Wideman is worth in excess of $5 million a season, what is someone like Predators defenseman Ryan Suter going to be worth? Wideman is a talented but inconsistent player. His season tailed off after a solid start. Eventually by the time the postseason started, he was working on the Capitals' third defensive pairing. The fact he's commanding such a hefty salary should illustrated how lean this free agent market is. The Flames needed someone on defense who can do a little bit of everything. They got a jump on the market and got someone who fits that description.

-The Flames re-signed forward Blake Comeau to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million. In 74 games last season, Commeau scored 15 points (five goals, 10 assists).

-EN Says: Comeau is a player with some scoring touch who is coming off a down year. This almost seems like a contract for him to prove himself.

-New Oilers coach Ralph Krueger will retain assistant coaches Kelly Buchberger, Steve Smith, Fred Chabot and Myles Fee.

Pacific Division

-The Kings are looking for puck used from the final moments in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final and they suspect Devils forward Patrik Elias (right) has something to do with it.

Norris Division

-Former Canadiens forward Andreas Engqvist has joined Atlant Mytishchi of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Adams-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Eric and Jordan Staal-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Wideman-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Elias-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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