Empty Netter Assists - 11-16-12

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-Don't cry poor for the Penguins players. They certainly arent.

-Todd Reirden is in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton working with defensive prospects Brian Dumoulin (right) and Joe Morrow.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' hot streak begins with goaltenders Brad Thiessen and Jeff Zatkoff.

-Because it's not like a month and a half of the season has already been lost or anything, the NHL requested a two-week moratorium on talks with the NHLPA.

-"I find it incredible that the Union is suggesting that we are somehow "close" to a deal. They have utterly refused to negotiate for months. They have made essentially one proposal -- five times. They continue to request a "guaranteed" Players Share as part of the next agreement and we repeatedly tell them maybe they should get a reality check. And in the mean time, maybe they can make their position clear to us on 50-50, on the make-whole and on Player Contracting issues." - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on the NHLPA.

-Penguins defenseman Derek Engelland was held without a point and recorded a plus-2 for Rosenborg in a 4-3 overtime loss to Storhamar in Norway's GET Ligaen.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Pierre Larouche (right). A first-round pick in 1974, "Lucky Pierre" spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1974-75, Larouche appeared in 79 games and scored 68 points, tops among NHL rookies. In that spring's postseason, he saw action in seven games and scored seven points. He followed that up in 1975-76 by becoming the first player in franchise history to hit the century mark in scoring with 111 points. Selected to the All-Star Game that season, he also became the second player in franchise history to hit the 50-goal plateau with 53. (Jean Pronovost had reached the 50-goal mark earlier that season). His goals and points were a team record at the time. The 1976 postseason game saw him appear in three games and record one assist. In 1976-77, Larouche was limited to 65 games and 63 points. In the postseason, he played in three games and recorded three assists. After 20 games and 11 points in 1977-78, Larouche was traded to the Canadiens along with future considerations in exchange for Pete Mahovlich and Peter Lee. In 240 regular season games for the Penguins, Larouche scored 253 points, 29th-most in franchise history. In 15 postseason games, he netted 11 points.

Atlantic Division

-"It was just becoming inevitable that the team was just going to have to leave." - Penguins defenseman and former Islander Dylan Reese on the Islanders moving to Brooklyn.

-Devils forward Cam Janssen will stage a charity game with several NHLers to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.

-The Devils are allowing a local high school to use the Prudential Center after that school's regular rink was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Northeast Division

-Sabres defenseman Mike Weber (right), a native of Cranberry, has joined Lorenskog of Norway's GET Ligaen.

-Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion, currently assigned to Hamilton of the AHL, was released from a Montreal hospital following surgery for a skull injury.

-“I work in the game, but I’m a fan of the game, too, and I’m with everybody (in saying) ‘Let’s just play.’" - Senators coach Paul MacLean.

-Canadiens defenseman PK Subban is slinging pizzas during the lockout:

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Central Division

-Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has joined TuTo of Finland's Mestis league.

-Red Wings forward prospect Marek Tvrdon will miss the rest of the season due to a blood clot in his left shoulder.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche forward Paul Stastny (right) has joined EHC München of Germany's DEL.

Norris Division

-Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Don Cherry has a ton of free time due to the lockout.

-Former Blue Jackets/Rangers/Wild forward Dan Fristche has joined Lugano of Switzerland's NLA.

-Former Flyers forward Mika Pyörälä has joined Luleå of Sweden's Elitserien.

(Photos: DuMoulin-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; Larouche-Penguins Hockey Cards; Weber and Stastny-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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