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Empty Netter Assists - 12-14-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The NHL. Still locked out.

-"My message to owners and to players is, ‘You guys make a lot of money and you make a lot of money on the backs of fans, so do right by your fans. You can figure out how to spread out a bunch of revenue that you’re bringing in, but do right by the people who support you.' And I shouldn’t have to be involved in a dispute between really wealthy players and even wealthier owners. They should be able to settle this themselves. And remember who it is that’s putting all that money in their pockets.” - President Barack Obama (right) on the lockout.

-Defensive prospect Scott Harrington was selected to Team Canada's roster for the World Junior Championships. (PG+) For the entire roster, click here.

-Evgeni Malkin leads all voting for the KHL's all-star game. (PG+)

-Former Penguins forward Stan Jonathan is scheduled to appear in a Brantford (Ont.) courtroom to answer a charge of criminal negligence causing death. Police accuse Jonathan, 57, of accidentally shooting and killing a hunter, Nov. 11.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Chris Dahlquist (right). A free agent signing the 1985 offseason, Dahlquist spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1985-86, Dahlquist saw action in five games and scored three points. He followed up in 1986-87 by playing in 19 games and recording one assist. In 1987-88, Dahlquist appeared in 44 contests and scored nine points. The 1988-89 campaign saw him play in 43 games and record six points. During that spring's postseason, Dahlquist played in two games and failed to record a point. In 1989-90, Dahlquist saw action in 62 games and scored a career-high 14 points. After 22 games and three points in 1990-91, Dahlquist and Jim Johnson were traded to the North Stars in exchange for Larry Murphy and Peter Taglianetti. In 195 regular season games with the Penguins, Dahlquist scored 36 points.

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Northeast Division

-Sabres forward Tyler Ennis, currently signed with Langnau of Switzerland's NLA, is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Northwest Division

-According to his agent, Canucks forward Ryan Kesler appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery from offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries.

Adams Division

-"Every game felt like a playoff game. It was very exciting as a player in that way. The puck was dropped and you had to win that game. The playoff race was on from Game 1. You knew you couldn't have a slump at all if you wanted to make the playoffs, so you were just so geared up to play all the time, as opposed to a normal season where you knew you could lose a few in a row and still be fine."  - Former Bruins forward Dave Reid on the lockout-shortened 1994-95 regular season which was only 48 games.

-Former Maple Leafs/Canadiens/North Stars/Stars/Canucks/Rangers/Kings forward Russ Courtnall (right) sold his mansion in California to Britney Spears. Because, why not?

-A hat trick by Connor Crisp led the Erie Otters to a 4-2 win against the Niagara IceDogs.

(Photos: Obama-Alex Wong/Getty Images; Dahlquist-Penguins Hockey Cards; Courtnall-Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

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