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Empty Netter Assists - 12-08-12

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Penguins

-"I think I'm going to try to do what I can. But after spending those three days [involved in the talks in New York], I think it's pretty tough to kind of get guys' trust back after that." - Sidney Crosby on negotiations breaking down earlier this week.

-Deryk Engelland (right) returns from Norway (PG+).

-"I have no reason, nor any intention, of reaching out to the union right now. I have no new ideas. Maybe they do. We are happy to listen." - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on negotiations with the NHLPA.

-Are negotiations going as bad as they really seem?

-James Neal will participate in a charity game in Windsor, Ont. tonight.

-Crosby's nickname is "Creature?"

-Benn Ferriero and Eric Tangradi each had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-4 overtime loss to the rival Hershey Bears.

-Since Oct. 22, the Penguins are 1-4 against Hershey and 12-0 against the rest of the AHL.

-Scott Zurevinski had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-3 loss to the Florida Everblades.

-Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a 2-1 loss to Donbass Donetsk in Russia's KHL.

-Dustin Jeffrey was held without a point for Medvescak Zagreb in a 3-2 loss to Olimpija Ljubljana in Austria's EBEL.

-Highmark Stadium, the Riverhounds' new stadium next to Station Square, will host the Penguins' outdoor rink throughout the winter.

Northeast Division

-"Obviously we hired Donald Fehr for a reason: To get the best possible deal. Especially at a time like this, you’ve got to put faith in a guy like that because that’s his job and ultimately why we hired him.” - Senators captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson on NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

-"The owners wanted to leave the room and pull everything we spent a full day on. I asked them to stay and continue pushing through. I may have been passionate but there was no disrespect or calling out one owner by name. I have a lot of respect for any owner because they are a big part of hockey." - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (right) on an outburst he had during negotiation this week which was directed at Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.

-“I think that all along (NHL commissioner) Gary (Bettman) has taken a very confrontational approach to this. He’s got a plan in place, and I believe he’s got some sort of date in mind that they can get a shortened season in.” - Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr on negotiations.

Southeast Division

-Former Rangers/Flames/Devils/Islanders/Bruins defenseman Mike Mottau, currently a free agent at the NHL level, has signed a professional tryout agreement with the San Antonio Rampage, the Panthers' AHL affiliate.

-"It's very frustrating. They're just saying 'It's our way or the highway.' You look at the deal we had and the deal we're going to get, every single aspect (the players are) giving up a lot." - Lightning forward and NHLPA negotiating committee member B.J. Crombeen.

-"When there's 18 players in the room and six owners, there's a lot of people who want to share their view, and there's a lot of stuff to take in. It's not just direct negotiations, and I feel that's where we got off-track a little, and I think we can fix that quickly, I really do." - Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey (right) on negotiations earlier this week.

Central Division

-Do yourself a favor and read this article in the St. Louis Dispatch in which Blues captain/forward David Backes explains in detail the NHLPA's objection to contract term limits for players.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly, currently a restricted free agent at the NHL level, has signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of Russia's KHL. The deal has an opt-out clause if the lockout ends. With Magnitogorsk, he will be playing with Evgeni Malkin as well as his brother, former Penguins forward Cal O'Reilly.

-“I don’t think it’s as dramatic as everyone’s trying to make it. I don’t know the ins and outs of everything. But we have an agreement on a lot of things, I mean, a lot of things. There are still one or two things that need to be talked about, and in my eyes that’s not a total derailment of a negotiation. I think people are being a little dramatic thinking this is Doomsday, which I don’t believe.” - Wild forward Zach Parise on the breakdown of negotiations earlier this week.

-“I know things ended badly yesterday (Thursday) but there really was progress." - Oilers captain/forward Shawn Horcoff (right) on negotiations earlier this week.

Adams Division

-Jimmy McDowell had a goal and two assists for the Erie Otters in a 6-1 rout of the Ottawa 67s.

-Adam Brace had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris men's team which edged Ohio State, 3-2.

-Jonathan Milley had a goal and two assists for the Penn State men's team which lost to Holy Cross, 4-3, in overtime.

-Nardo Nagtzaam recorded two assists for the Mercyhurst men's team which lost to American International, 7-3.

-A goal and two assists by Rebecca Vint led the Robert Morris women's team past Mercyhurst, 3-1.

-Celine Whitlinger made 45 saves for the Penn State women's team in a 3-1 loss to Saint Lawrence.

-Adam McDonald had a goal and two assists for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 6-1 win against the Fresno Monsters.

(Photos: Engelland-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Miller-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Hainsey-Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images; Horcoff-Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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