Empty Netter Assists - 01-17-13

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-The Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tyler Kennedy line carry Team Black past Team White, 5-4, in last night's scrimmage.

-"The Flyers are the Flyers. I hate losing to them." - Marc-Andre Fleury on Saturday's opponent.

-"You’re going to need your second goalie to play anywhere between 15 and 22 games in a season like this." - Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato on the short, compacted season.

-Kris Letang > Fleury in the shootout:

-Zach Sill (left) had a bit of a car wreck here with Fleury and Brian Dumoulin:

-Some photos from last night's scrimmage. Fans flocking to Consol Energy Center:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-According to Icethetics, the Penguins are line to get yet another way to make money third jersey for the 2013-14 season.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defensemen Carl Sneep and Cody Wild from the Nailers.

-The ECHL suspended Nailers forward Keven Veilleux 10 games and fined him an undisclosed amount for allegedly directing a racial slur at South Carolina Stingrays forward Scooter Vaughan Sunday.

-Former Penguins first-round draft pick forward Angelo Esposito has joined Milano Rossoblu of Italy's Serie A league.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Milan Kraft (right). A first-round pick in 1998, Kraft spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2000-01, Kraft appeared in 42 games and scored 14 points. He played in eight postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. He followed that up in 2001-02 by seeing action in 68 games and scoring 16 points. In 2002-03, Kraft played in 31 games and recorded 12 points. His final NHL season was 2003-04. He appeared in 66 games and scored 40 points. During the 2004-05 lockout, he joined HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga in the Czech Republic. He currently plays for KLH Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga. In 207 regular season games with the Penguins, Kraft scored 82 points, 100th-most in franchise history.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward the great Mike Zigomanis. Acquired early in the 2008-09 season in a trade which sent future consideration to the Coyotes, Zigomanis' Penguins' career amounted to 22 games and six points that campaign. After getting his name on the Stanley Cup as part of the franchise's third championship, Zigomanis joined the AHL's Toronto Marlies early in the 2009-10 season. He still plays for the Marlies.

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Atlantic Division

-The Devils signed forward Travis Zajac to an eight-year, $46 million contract extension. Entering the final season of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3,887,500, Zajac's new deal will have a cap hit of $5.75 million. Zajac, 27, appeared in 15 games last season and scored six points (two goals, four assists).

-EN Says: Zajac was limited by injuries last season. When healthy, he's fully capable of being a top-two center who can contribute 20-plus goals and 60-plus points. Additionally, he offers a responsible defensive game expected of all Devils players. This contract will be a bargain in a few seasons.

-The Rangers officially placed defenseman Wade Redden (right) on waivers with the intention of buying him out.

-With former Penguins forward Arron Asham still serving a suspension related to last season's playoffs, the Rangers recalled forward Brandon Segal from from Connecticut of the AHL.

-The Rangers acquired minor league forward Brandon Mashinter from the Sharks in exchange for minor league forward Tommy Grant and a conditional draft pick in 2014.

-“I’m not the kind of player who will say, ‘Listen to me.’ It’s more lead by example in certain things. I’m not, ‘Hey, I’ve been there, done that, so you have to listen to me.' I’m not like that.” - Former Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko on his role with the Flyers.

-The Flyers placed goaltender Brian Boucher and defenseman Andreas Lilja on waivers.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens are still trying to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman PK Subban.

-Montreal placed forward Scott Gomez on waivers with the intentions of buying him out.

Southeast Division

-“One day I’m gonna be the No. 1 goalie. If not this team, then somewhere else.” - Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth (right).

-Will the Capitals use forward/captain Alex Ovechkin on the penalty kill?

-"We know we have the personnel to have a top-five power play in the league. We're not going to accept anything less." - Lightning forward Steven Stamkos on his team's power play which finished 25th in the NHL last season.

-The Panthers suspended forward Sean Bergenheim as he was injured while playing overseas during the lockout.

-The Hurricanes demoted forwards Riley Nash and Jeremy Welsh to Charlotte of the AHL.

-The Jets re-signed forward forward Jason Jaffray. Terms were not revealed.

-Winnipeg claimed forward Anthony Peluso off waivers from the Blues.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson is dealing with a "minor lower-body issue."

Northwest Division

-Could Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk (right) be entering the final season of his NHL career.

-The Avalanche demoted defenseman Stefan Elliott and forward Michael Sgarbossa to Lake Erie of the AHL and placed forward David Van Der Gulik on waivers.

-The Wild re-signed forward Nick Palmieri to a one-year, two way.

-Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert is dealing with a groin injury.

-“For me, it’s not just a matter of being able to fight, it’s about being able to play." - Oilers forward Darcy Hordichuk on his role as the team's enforcer.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes acquired forward Matthew Lombardi from the Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2014. Lombardi, 30, appeared in 62 games last season and scored 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists). He has one year remaining on a contract with a salary capt hit of $3.5 million. Lombardi previously spent parts of two seasons with the Coyotes.

-EN Says: Lombardi is a strong penalty killer who has some skills in the faceoff circle as well as some wheels. He should fit in well as the team's No. 3 center. For Toronto, they move a palyer at a position (center) they have too many bodies and get a draft pick in return.

-The Stars recalled recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and forward Colton Sceviour from Texas of the AHL.

-The Ducks signed forwards Troy Bodie, Jay Rosehill and defenseman Ryan Parent to one-year contracts. Financial terms were not revealed. All three have played with the club's AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

-Anaheim demoted forwards Emerson Etem, Patrick Maroon, goaltender Jeff Deslauriers and former Penguins defenseman Nate Guenin to Norfolk and returned John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, to Kitchener of the OHL.

-The Coyotes recalled forwards Chris Brown, Chris Conner, Rob Klinkhammer, Brendan Shinnimin, Jordan Szwarz, defensemen Brandon Gormley and Chris Summers from Portland of the AHL.

Patrick Division

-Former Kings/Wild/Devils/Bruins/Coyotes/Ducks/Flyers/Blackhawks defenseman Sean O'Donnell announced his retirement. In 1,224 career games, he scored 229 points.

(Photos: Penguins scrimmage-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Kraft and Etem-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Redden-Mike Stobe/Getty Images; Neuvirth-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Hejduk-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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