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Empty Netter Assists - 11-23-12

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Penguins

-"They create the same awe factor. They get to the same parts on the ice, but just in different ways. You can't compare their styles, but the elite talent and vision they have for places on the ice and where they are is very similar. " - Chris Kunitz (right) on playing with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

-The Canadian Penguins compare American and Canadian Thanksgiving.

-Deryk Engelland recorded an assist for Rosenborg in a 6-3 win against Lørenskog in Norway's Get Ligaen.

-Happy 71st birthday to former Penguins forward Simon Nolet. Acquired midway through 1975-76 along with Ed Gilbert and a draft pick in a deal which sent Steve Durbano, Chuck Arnason and a draft pick to the Kansas City Scouts, Nolet's Penguins career amounted to 39 games and 17 points that season. He appeared in three postseason games that spring but failed to record a point. In the 1976 offseason, the NHL transferred him back to the former Scouts franchise - known at this time as the Colorado Rockies - along with Michel Plasse and Colin Campbell as compensation for the Penguins signing Denis Herron. Nolet currently works as a scout with the Flyers.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Dan Kesa. A free agent signing in the 1998 offseason, Kesa's Penguins career amounted to 67 games and 10 points in 1998-99. Kesa appeared in all 13 of the team's postseason games that spring and scored one goal. In the 1999 offseason, he joined the Lightning as a free agent.

-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong (right). A first-round pick in 2001, "Army" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2005-06, Armstrong appeared in 47 games, scored a career high 40 points and led the team with a plus-15. In 2006-07, Armstrong played in 80 games and registered 34 points. He saw action in all five of the team's postseason games that spring and scored one goal. After 54 games and 24 points in 2007-08, Armstrong was involved in one of the biggest trades in franchise history. Armstrong was dealt to the Thrashers along with Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito and a draft pick in exchange for Pascal Dupuis and Marian Hossa. In 181 regular season games with the Penguins, Armstrong scored 98 points, 86th-most in franchise history. He is currently a member of the Canadiens.

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Northeast Divison

-Former Lightning defenseman Mike Commodore has signed a professional tryout contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' AHL affiliate.

-“It’s not like you call up Madonna and say: ‘Two weeks of the hockey schedule has been cancelled, can you come put on a show for us?’" - Canadiens owner Geoff Molson on filling vacant dates in the Bell Centre during the lockout.

-“After watching the other sport leagues go through labor disputes last year, it is apparent that until decertification is filed, there will not be any real movement or negotiation." - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

Southeast Division

-“The fans are the reason for hockey. Some cities won’t be able to recover their fans for future seasons. I just want to say I’ve been in the league for 20 years and faced three lockouts and there’s only 14 other guys that have done that. I believe I’ve earned the right to say what I think." - Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik on his previous comments which were critical of NHLPA executive commissioner Donald Fehr.

-“The only part that bugs me? The whole (perception) of give-and-take, give-and-take, on both sides. It’s mainly just us that’s giving, and owners taking." - Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (right) on negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA.

Central Division

-"It's just, it seems almost after every proposal, we haven't gotten anything on our side, and we've continually moved towards them. I think as players, we really felt that we've come a long way. They just didn't budge on the bigger issues with us. It seems like a lot of give from players, and all the taking is on their side." - Red Wings forward Dan Cleary on negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA.

(Photos: Kunitz-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Armstrong-Harry How/Getty Images; Alzner-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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