Empty Netter Assists - 07-20-12

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-Evgeni Malkin's (above) Russian agent is already exploring options for his client to play in Europe in the event of a lockout. (PG+)

-The Wheeling Nailers re-signed defenseman Peter Merth.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Mike Sgroi has joined the Rapid City Rush of the CHL.

Atlantic Division

-Restricted free agent defenseman Shea Weber (right) would be due $68 million in the first six seasons of the offer sheet he signed with the Flyers Wednesday. His current team, the Predators, was valued at $163 million in 2011.

-The breakdown of how Weber will be paid under this offer sheet:

2012-13 - (age 27): $1 million salary + $13 million signing bonus (league maximum $14M)
2013-14 - (28): $1 million salary + $13 million signing bonus (league maximum $14M)
2014-15 - (29): $1 million salary + $13 million signing bonus (league maximum $14M)
2015-16 - (30): $1 million salary + $13 million signing bonus (league maximum $14M)
2016-17 - (31): $4 million salary + $8 million signing bonus (total $12 million)
2017-18 - (32): $4 million salary + $8 million signing bonus (total $12 million)
2018-19 - (33): $6 million salary
2019-20 - (34): $6 million salary
2020-21 - (35): $6 million salary
2021-22 - (36): $6 million salary
2022-23 - (37): $3 million salary
2023-24 - (38): $1 million salary
2024-25 - (39): $1 million salary
2025-26 - (40): $1 million salary

-"We all sat down and looked at the different options and thought, you know, if there is a 14-year contract coming down the pipe at some point, we need to be ready for it and we need to know that you want to play there for the next 14 years." - Jarrett Bousquet, Weber's agent.

-If the Predators do match the offer, they can not trade Weber for a calendar year per the rules of the current collective bargaining agreement.

-In addition to the Flyers, Weber visited the Rangers, Sharks and Red Wings.

-EN Says: It's pretty obvious the Flyers went to great lengths to ensure the financially-strapped Predators would not be capable of re-signing Weber.

Northeast Division

-Canadiens forward Scott Gomez (right), who went without a goal for over a calendar year, shot a hole in one and won a car at his own charity golf tournament in Alaska.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes signed former Penguins forward Tim Wallace to a one-year two-way contract. In 49 games last season with the Islanders and Lightning, Wallace, 28, scored nine points (three goals, six assists).

-The Capitals signed forward Tom Wilson, a first-round pick in last month's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-The Blues re-signed restricted free agent forward T.J. Oshie (right) to a five-year contract worth a total of $20.875 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $4.175 million. Oshie, 25, appeared in 80 games last season and scored 54 points (19 goals, 35 assists).

-EN Says: Oshie is a very dynamic player who is one of the more entertaining individuals with the puck in the NHL. Additionally, he's not afraid to use his body to lay out a big hit. He might not be allowed to show off his offensive skills all the time in head coach Ken Hitcock's defensive system, but he's worth this type of cap hit.

-“We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea. Our ownership has provided us with the necessary resources to build a Stanley Cup-winning team. Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term.” - Predators general manager David Poile on restricted free agent defenseman Shea Weber.

-Former Penguins forward and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain Ryan Craig has joined the Springfield Falcons, the Blue Jacket's AHL affiliate.

-In terms of player movement, it's been a rough offseason for the Central Division.

Northwest Division

-The Wild signed defenseman Matt Dumba (right), a first-round pick in last month's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-"It is safe to assume it is something we discussed internally." - Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman on his team considering tendering an offer sheet to Predators restricted free agent defenseman Shea Weber.

Pacific Division

-Unrestricted free agent Shane Doan is waiting on potential owner Greg Jamison to move on a purchase of the Coyotes before he decides on his future.

(Photos: Malkin, Gomez and Dumba-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Weber-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Oshie-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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