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Empty Netter Assists - 10-05-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Note: We'll kick off another edition of "Twenty Years Later" tomorrow for the 20th anniversary of the 1992-93 Penguins, the best regular season team in franchise history.

-We'll have gobs of free time up until Oct. 24 at least.

-"It's not a good situation for anybody." - Penguins forward Craig Adams on the NHL the first two weeks of the season.

-“The decision to cancel the first two weeks of the NHL season is the unilateral choice of the NHL owners. If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue." - NHLPA head Donald Fehr.

-"This is not about 'winning' or 'losing' a negotiation. This is about finding a solution that preserves the long-term health and stability of the League and the game." - NHL deputy commisioner Bill Daly.

-The lockout is hurting business near Consol Energy Center.

-Evgeni Malkin had an assist for Mettalurg Magnitogorsk which defeated Sibir Novosibirsk, 2-1, in a KHL game yesterday.

-Highlights:

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-Sidney Crosby. Still not going to Europe just yet. (PG+)

-The lockout is holding up Dylan Reese's dream of playing for the Penguins.

-"I prefer the NHL to the KHL. I received invitations to training camps from several clubs but, because of the lockout, I have not been able to visit directly in North America." - Former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev on his future.

-Happy 80th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Dean Prentice (right). Claimed from the Red Wings in the 1969 offseason in an intra-league draft, Prentice spent two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1969-70, he led the team with 26 goals and 51 assists. His goal total was a franchise record at the time. Prentice was also selected to the all-star game that season and became the first player in franchise history to score a goal in that game. During that spring's playoff, Prentice appeared in 10 games and scored seven points. He followed that up in 1970-71 by once again leading the team with 21 goals and scoring 38 points. Prior to the 1971-72 season, he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for cash. In 144 career regular season games for the Penguins, Prentice scored 89 points.

-Happy 65th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Gary Edwards. Claimed off waivers midway through the 1981-82 season from the Blues, Edwards ended his 13-year NHL career by appearing in six games for the Penguins that campaign. He went 3-2-1 with a 3.67 goals against average and one shutout. He retired in the 1982 offseason.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Fredrik Olausson (right). Acquired early in the 1996-97 season along with Alex Hicks in a deal which sent Shawn Antoski and Dmitri Mironov to the Mighty Ducks, Olausson, one of 15 Swedes who have suited up for the Penguins, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1996-97 by appearing in 51 games for the Penguins and scoring 27 points. In that spring's postseason, Olausson saw action in four games and recorded one assists. In 1997-98, Olausson played in 76 games and netted 33 points.The 1998 postseason, saw him play in six games and recorded three assists. In the 1998 offseason, Olausson re-joined the Mighty Ducks as a free agent. In 127 regular season game with the Penguins, Olausson scored 60 points. In 10 postseason game, he netted four assists.

-Oh... and happy 47th birthday to some guy the Penguins drafted ahead of Kirk Muller in 1984:

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Atlantic Division

-Flyers forwards Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux have joined Eisbaren Berlin of Germany's DEL for the duration of the lockout.

-Islanders defenseman Milan Jurcina has joined KLH Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga for the duration of the lockout.

-Islanders forward Michael Grabner has joined Villacher SV of Austria's EBEL for the duration of the lockout.

-"We don’t understand if you’re going to sign a player and sit face-to-face and negotiate a contract, why you would turn around and want it back. So that’s going to be a huge sticking point for the players.” - Rangers forward Brad Richards (right) on negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA.

-“I’ve been through once of these before, so how everything is going is exactly how I expected it to be going. So, I don’t think I’m really frustrated with it. It’s just more disappointed that it’s taken the same course that it did last time. It seems like ownership is following a script and they’ve got a date and I just hope this time it’s not the whole season.” - Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador comparing the 2004-05 lockout to the current one.

Northeast Division

-Former Penguins forward Michel Ouellet was released outright by the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' AHL affiliate.

Southeast Division

-Jets captain Andrew Ladd has ruled out joining a KHL team on account of family reasons.

-It's been 20 years since Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to suit up in an NHL game when she played goal for the Lightning during a preseason contest.

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Central Division

-"It's another disappointing but expected move from the league. This seems to be our commissioner's bread-and-butter. It's almost like he is excited to take away hockey from the fans and the players just because he can. Personally, I still haven't heard a valid argument from the league for what they are doing, just that they want more (money) and last time it wasn't enough. If they would be as determined to solve these issues as they are quick to point the finger at us (the players), this would be settled by now. But they aren't, and now we know we'll miss at least two weeks because of it." - Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on the NHL cancelling games.

-“None of us wanted to reach this point. But I think we all expected it with there being so little progress the last few weeks.I’m definitely upset. It’s time to play hockey. I’m angry that it doesn’t get done. It seems like the NHL is not willing to negotiate or compromise in anyway to help get a deal done. That’s where the frustration comes in for me.” - Blue Jackets forward and Plum native (No, really!!!) R.J. Umberger (right) on the NHL canceling games.

Northwest Division

-Flames forward Mikael Backlund has joined Västerås of Sweden's Allsvenskan for the duration of the lockout.

-Oilers forward Taylor Hall was given clearance to play for the team's AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Pacific Division

-Sharks forward Joe Pavelski has joined Dinamo Minsk of Russia's KHL for the duration of the lockout.

(Photos: First and Prentice-Penguins Hockey Cards; Olausson-John Heller/Post-Gazette; Richards-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Umberger-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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