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Empty Netter Assists - 12-07-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Negotiations continued on in an orderly, respectful and mature fashion yesterday. Oh wait... no... the exact opposite happened.

-"I hope that going backwards does not prevent a deal." - Penguins owner Ron Burkle on the breakdown on negotiations.

-"I'm surprised (the talks broke off). We feel like we made moves in their direction." - Sidney Crosby (above).

-โ€œIt looks like this is not going to be resolved in the immediate future." - NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

-โ€œIt's not the first time (Fehr) said we're close when we weren't. ... I find it almost incomprehensible he did that.'' - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Fehr's earlier statement which said the sides weren't far from a deal.

-Bettman pretty much lost his dang mind while addressing the media last night:

-Several players were in the room when Bettman delivered his rant.

-The three largest points of contention resulting from last night's breakdown include the length of the CBA, contract length limits and compliance issues.

-NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly described the contract length limits issue as "the hill we will die on."

-Pascal Dupuis (right) and Matt Niskanen tried out at goaltenders yesterday. (PG+)

-"They welcomed me with open arms." - Panthers forward Jack Skille on practicing with Penguins players this week.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Keven Veilleux will be sidelined the next two weeks due to a knee ailment.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Georges Laraque. Acquired at the 2007 trade deadline in a deal which sent Daniel Carcillo and a draft pick to the Coyotes, Laraque spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2006-07 by appearing in 17 games for the Penguins and recorded two assists and 18 penalty minutes. In that spring's postseason, Laraque appeared in two games and failed to record a point. Laraque followed that up in 2007-08 by l playing 71 games, scoring 13 points and leading the team with 141 penalty minutes. He appeared in 15 playoff games that spring and scored three points and recorded four penalty minutes. In the 2008 offseason, Laraque joined the Canadiens as a free agent. In 88 regular season games for the Penguins, Laraque scored 15 points and recorded 159 penalty minutes. In 17 postseason games, he scored three points.

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Central Division

-โ€œToday was a really, really bad day. Everybody's in disbelief. We came to them on a ton of areas, made good strides. It's still not good enough. Unbelievable.'' - Red Wings forward Dan Cleary on yesterday's breakdown.

(Photos: Crosby-Mary Altaffer/Associated Press; Dupuis-Seth Rorabaugh/Post-Gazette)

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