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Empty Netter Assists - Daley's day with the Cup - 07-24-16

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Penguins

-Defenseman Trevor Daley spent his day with the Stanley Cup in Toronto:

-Former Penguins center prospect Keven Veilleux has joined HK Dukla Trencin in Slovakia's Extraliga.

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Mayer. A free agent signing in the 1987 offseason, Mayer's entire NHL career amounted to one game and four penalty minutes with the Penguins in 1987-88. At the 1989 trade deadline, Mayer was dealt to the Kings in exchange for center Tim Tookey.

Atlantic Division

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is expected to be completely healthy to play for Canada in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. He missed most of last season due to a knee injury.

Central Division

-The Wild re-signed restricted free agent forward Jordan Schroeder to a one-year two-way contract.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.6 million, Schenn's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.25 million. Schenn, 26, appeared in 72 games last season split between the Flyers as well as Kings and scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists). 

-EN Says: This is a bit of a reclamation project for the Coyotes. A first-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2008, Schenn has never quite lived up to expectation. A bigger (6-foot-2, 229 pounds) defenseman who hits and plays defense, he's a bit of a throwback in that he's not exactly renown for moving the puck the way the game currently demands. The Coyotes, under head coach Dave Tippett, have a knack for turning defensemen around. Perhaps they can do the same with Schenn.

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Empty Netter Assists - Sabres' Kane charged - 07-23-16

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Penguins

-Center Matt Cullen's (above) day with the Stanley Cup will include a Stanley car.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward and enforcer Dennis Bonvie. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Bonvie spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins and five seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins where he became arguably the most beloved player in the history of that club. With the NHL Penguins, Bonvie appeared in 28 games in 1999-2000 and amassed 80 penalty minutes. In 2000-01, Bonvie only played in three games with the NHL Penguins and was a minus-1. He joined the Bruins as a free agent in the 2001 offseason. Bonvie currently serves as a scout for the Blackhawks.

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-The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent forward Chris Kreider to a four-year contract worth a total of $18.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.475 million, Kreider's new deal will have a cap hit of $4.625 million. Kreider, 25, appeared in 79 games last season and scored 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists). 

-EN Says: Kreider is a big (6-foot-3, 226 pounds) power forward who can play a hard and productive game. Inconsistency is his biggest issue. That said, this is fair cap hit for a 20-goal threat.

-The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes to a two-year contract worth a total of $5.2 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $900,000, Hayes' new deal will have a cap hit $2.6 million. Hayes, 24, appeared in 79 games last season and scored 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists). 

-EN Says: A large (6-foot-5, 227 pounds) bottom-six forward who can play multiple positions, Hayes is an ideal third-liner. This seems like a bridge contract to a longer-term deal.

-The Islanders re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Eric Boulton to a one-year, two-way contract.

Atlantic Division

-Sabres forward Evander Kane (right) was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment by Buffalo police in regards to an alleged incident at a Buffalo bar last month

-The Canadiens signed former Penguins forward Bobby Farnham, an unrestricted free agent, to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Connor Carrick to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.5 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $636,666, Carrick's new deal will have a cap hit of $750,000. Carrick, 22, appeared in 19 games last season and scored four points (two goals, two assists). 

-EN Says: Carrick is a puck-moving defenseman who is probably a fit at a No. 6 or 7 defenseman in the NHL. With the re-building Maple Leafs, he'll get a more prominent role.

-The Maple Leafs placed forward Peter Holland on waivers.

-The Senators hired Martin Raymond as an assistant coach.

Central Division

-Former Penguins forward Brett Sterling has signed an AHL contract with the Chicago Wolves, AHL affiliate of the Blues.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks re-signed restricted free agent forward Stefan Noesen to a one-year, two-way contract.

Smythe Division

-Former Senators/Avalanche/Sabres/Blues defenseman Andre Benoit has joined the Malmö Redhawks of Sweden's SHL.

-Former Avalanche/Blackhawks defenseman Kyle Cumiskey has joined Skellefteå AIK of the SHL.

-Former Wild forward Chad Rau has joined Kunlun Redstar of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Elsa/Getty Images)

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Empty Netter Assists - Mouillierat departs - 07-21-16

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Penguins

-Unrestricted free agent left winger Kael Mouillierat (abovehas joined Luleå HF of Sweden's SHL. Mouillerat, 28, played in one game for the Penguins last season and had no points. In 68 American Hockey League games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Mouillierat scored 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists).

-EN Says: Mouillierat is an established AHL regular who just never seems to translate his game to the NHL level. He'll find more money and perhaps more success in the SHL.

-NBC and NBC Sports Network released their schedules for next season. Here's a look at the Penguins' games on national television.

-Penguins defensive prospect Lukas Bengtsson has a European assignment clause. What does that mean?

-Left winger Chris Kunitz had his day with the Stanley Cup:

-Right winger Phil Kessel's grandmother was spotted drinking from the Stanley Cup:

 

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-Former Penguins center Matt Murley has joined the Oji Eagles, a Japanese team in the Asian League.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Boris Valabik has joined EHC Lustenau in Austria's INL.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Sergei Zubov. A star with the Rangers, Zubov came to the Penguins in the 1995 offseason along with Petr Nedved in a deal which sent left winger Luc Robitaille and defenseman Ulf Samuelsson to New York. Zubov only lasted one season with the Penguins, but he managed to churn out one of the most productive campaigns by a defenseman in franchise history. In 64 games, he was able to produce 66 points. To this day, Zubov is the last Penguins defenseman to produce more than a point per game during a single season. In the postseason, Zubov was once again productive as he contributed 14 points in 15 playoff games. In the 1996 offseason, he was traded to the Stars in exchange for defenseman Kevin Hatcher.

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-The Islanders have had discussions with Major League Baseball's Mets about potentially building an arena adjacent to Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York.

Atlantic Division

-The Maple Leafs signed forward Auston Matthews (right), the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent forward Josh Leivo to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.225 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of  $792,500, Leivo's new deal will have a cap hit of $612,500. Leivo, 23, appeared in 12 games last season and scored five goals.

-EN Says: A productive player in lower levels of hockey, Leivo hasn't had the same success at the NHL level. With a one-way contract, he'll get a good chance to break through on a re-building team next season.

-The Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent forward Mitch Callahan to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Sabres signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer, formerly of the AHL's Hershey Bears, to a one-year, two-way contract.

Central Division

-The Jets re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Chris Tanev to a one-year, two-way contract

-The Avalanche signed an affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Colorado Eagles

Norris Division

-Former Canadiens/Avalanche/Maple Leafs defenseman Ryan O'Bryne has retired. O'Byrne, 32, appeared in 308 career games and scored 39 points. 

-Former Sabres/Panthers/Sharks/Coyotes forward Tim Kennedy has joined Luleå HF

-Former Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan has joined Frolunda of the SHL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and KDP Studio/WBS Penguins)

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Penguins' national television schedule announced - 07-21-16

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NBC and NBC Sports Network announced the American national television schedule for the 2016-17 schedule today. As you might imagine, a popular team coming off a Stanley Cup championship such as the Penguins will be featured quite a bit.

The Penguins are currently scheduled to have three games potentially on NBC next season:

Feb. 19 - vs. Red Wings, 3 p.m.-*
Feb. 25 - vs. Flyers, 8 p.m. (at Heinz Field)
March 26 - vs. Flyers, 12:30 p.m.

*-Note: This game can be flexed to NBC Sports Network. Other games on their schedule can potentially be flexed to NBC.

The following games are scheduled to be broadcast on NBC Sports Network:

Oct. 13 - vs. Capitals, 8 p.m.
Nov. 16 - at Capitals, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 - at Islanders, 8 p.m.
Dec. 14 - vs. Bruins, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 - vs. Kings, 7 p.m.-*
Jan. 11 - at Capitals, 8 p.m.
Jan. 16 - vs. Capitals, 7 p.m.-*
Jan. 24 - vs. Blues, 7 p.m.-*
March 15 - vs. Flyers, 7:30 p.m.
March 29 - at Blackhawks, 8 p.m.

*-These games will be broadcast on Root Sports locally and NBC Sports Network nationally.

Seven of these games will be featured in NBC Sports Network's "Wednesday's Night Rivalry" format including both contests against the non-rival Blackhawks.

All other games will be broadcast exclusively on Root Sports.

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Empty Netter Assists - Fehr gets the Stanley Cup - 07-21-16

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Penguins

-Center Eric Fehr had his day with the Stanley Cup in his native Winkler, Manitoba.

-Fehr speaks:

-This is a month old but Manitoba politician Candice Bergen read a statement of support for Fehr winning the Stanley Cup in the House of Commons of Canada:

-Defenseman Justin Schultz will share his day with the Stanley Cup in West Kelowna, B.C. between July 28 between 1 and 3 p.m.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins center Riley Holzapfel has joined the Vienna Capitals of Austria's EBEL.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Lyle Odelein (above). Infamous for his rivalry with former Penguins antagonist/left winger Matthew Barnaby - Barnaby said he looked like Cornelius from "Panet of the Apes" while Odelein simply said Barnaby had an ugly wife - Odelein's Penguins career amounted to 27 games and one assist in 2005-06. Odelein had knee surgery in February 2006 and was not re-signed in the offseason.

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-The Capitals re-signed restricted free agent forward Marcus Johansson to a three-year contract worth a total of $13.75 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.75 million, Johansson's new deal will have a cap hit of $4,583,333. Johansson, 25, appeared in 74 games last season and scored 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists). 

-EN Says: A speedy skater, Johansson has been asked to play center the last handful of seasons. With the offseason acquistion of center Lars Eller, Johansson will likely be moved to wing. A fairly consistent producer, Johansson is a member of Washington's top power play. 

-With Lightning forward Ryan Callahan sidelined following shoulder surgery, Devils forward Kyle Palmieri was added to the United States' roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

-Should former Penguins forward Jordan Staal be the Hurricanes' next captain?

Central Division

-The Avalanche re-signed restricted free agent forward Mikhail Grigorenko (right) to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $675,000, Grigorenko, 22, appeared in 74 games last season and scored 27 points (six goals, 21 assists). 

-EN Says: The No. 12 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Grigorenko's career hasn't quite gained traction in the NHL. A bigger (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) center, Grigorenko has creative playmaking abilities. This is a "prove it" contract.  

-Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin has taken up Thai boxing

Patrick Division

-Former Lightning/Stars/Rangers/Blackhawks/Red Wings forward Brad Richards announced his retirement. Richards, 36, played in 1,126 career games and scored 932 points. A member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup championship, he also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP that postseason. 

-Former Wild/Blue Jackets forward Colton Gilles has joined Dinamo Riga, a Latvian team in Russia's KHL.

-Former Canucks defenseman Yann Sauve has joined Medvescak Zagreb, a Croatian team in Russia's KHL.

(Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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