Empty Netter Assists - 12-15-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-The NHL lockout takes a turn for the better ... No wait... The exact opposite happened. The NHL is suing the NHLPA now. Wee!

-The NHLPA took a step towards dissolving which would allow players to file antitrust lawsuits against the NHL.

-Brad Thiessen (above, stopping Binghamton's Mike Hoffman) made 24 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators.

-The Penguins are 2-5-1 against Binghamton and the Hershey Bears this season and 11-3-1 against the rest of the AHL.

-Scott Darling made 31 saves for the Wheeling Nailers who lost to the Trenton Titans, 4-2.

-The Penguins Pond ice rink opened at Highmark Stadium, the Riverhounds' new facility, on the South Side.

-Defensive prospect Scott Harrington (right) was named an alternate captain for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships. (PG+)

-Evgeni Malkin finished with the most votes in balloting for the KHL's All-Star game. (PG+)

Northeast Division

-"We will, we will, guaranteed we will. Guaranteed. I think so. I find it hard to believe that you lose a season on contracting rights and CBA length and contract percentage variances between years. I just don't see us losing a season on that." - Canadiens defenseman PK Subban guaranteeing there will be an NHL season.

Pacific Division

-"I mean, lockouts are always unfortunate but, considering our market in California, it’s really hard to get momentum. And to lose that momentum due to a lockout is frustrating." - Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown on the lockout coming on the heels of the Kings winning the Stanley Cup.

Patrick Division

-NBC Sports Network's ratings have suffered as a result of the lockout.

-Former Oilers/Ducks forward Ryan O'Marra has joined HC Fassa of Italy's Serie A league.

-Connor Crisp hasd a goal and an assist for the Erie Otters who defeated the Kitchener Rangers, 6-2.

-Collin Brennan made 19 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 5-0 shutout of the Jamestown Ironmen.

(Photos: Thiessen/Hoffman-Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice/Associated Press; Harrington-Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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