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Empty Netter Assists - 01-13-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The lockout. Officially done.

-If you enjoy legalese, this is up your alley. Here are the changes in the new CBA, word-for-word, as provided by the NHL. (PG+)

-Here is the Penguins' schedule.

-Here is the NHL's entire schedule.

-Some important dates to remember:

-The trade deadline is April 3.
-The final day of the regular season is April 27.
-The playoffs begin April 30.
-Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final is scheduled for June 28.
-The draft - all seven rounds - will be held June 30.
-The first day of free agency will be July 5.

-Here is the entire national television schedule for the United States. And for Canada.

-Note: The Penguins will have 29 games appear on national television on some form. Four will be on NBC. Eleven will be on NBC Sports Network. Fourteen will be on NHL Network.

-Here is the Penguins' promotional schedule, complete with Evgeni Malkin bobblehead (right). Post-Gazette grafitti not included.

-Who will the Penguins put on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal?

-The Penguins will put single-game tickets on sale Tuesday.

-Training camp will open today at Southpointe. (PG+)

-Jayson Megna was awarded a surprising training camp invitation.

-A goal and an assist by Brian Dumoulin led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 2-1 win against the Adirondack Phantoms. Brad Thiessen made 22 saves in the victory.

-The Penguins have won back to back games for the first time since Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

-Zach Hansen and Luke Pither each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 2-1 defeat of the Reading Royals. Keven Veilleux recorded two assists for Wheeling while teammate Scott Darling made 28 saves.

-Former Penguins owner Thayer "Tad" Potter passed away. He was 79.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Rupp (right). A free agent signing in the 2009 offseason, Rupp spent two seasons with the Penguins. During 2009-10, Rupp set career highs in games (81), goals (13) and points (19) and led the team with 120 penalty minutes. He saw action in 11 games during the 2010 posteason and failed to record a point. In 2010-11, Rupp played in 81 games and scored 17 points. In seven postseason games that spring he scored two points. Rupp, one of six former Penguins from Ohio - Ab DeMarco, Brian Holzinger, Moe Mantha, Ian Moran and Bryan Smolinski are the others - joined the Rangers during the 2011 offseason. In 162 regular season games, Rupp scored 36 points. In 18 postseason games, he scored two points.

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Atlantic Division

-The Islanders re-signed former defenseman Radek Martinek to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not revealed. Injuries limited him seven games and one goal with the Blue Jackets last season. Martinek, 36, spent the previous ten seasons of his career with the Islanders.

-The Rangers still have to sign restricted free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto.

-Rangers' single-game tickets go on sale Wednesday. The Penguins visit the Rangers, Jan. 20, Jan. 31 and April 3.

-Who will be the Devils' next captain?

Northeast Division

-Former Capitals forward Graham Mink has signed a professional tryout contract with the Providence Bruins, Boston's AHL affiliate.

Southeast Division

-The lockout allowed Capitals defenseman Mike Green (right) to fully heal from sports hernia surgery.

-The Capitals have invited former forward Eric Fehr to training camp with the intention of signing him prorated one-year contract worth $600,000. In 35 games with the Jets last season, Fehr scored three points (one goal, two assists). He spent the previous six seasons of his career with Washington.

-“I don’t really view it as a camp. I mean, we’re playing hockey. We got a game in a week. That’s not a training camp. There’s not an exhibition game. So to me, it’s more like it’s the middle of the year when you had a five-day break and you gotta play.” - Capitals coach Adam Oates on his team's training camp.

Northwest Division

-The Flames have invited former Blackhawks/Canucks/Thrashers defenseman Steve McCarthy, former Flames/Canadiens/Stars/Bruins/Predators forward Steve Begin and former Oilers/Stars/Blues/Ducks/Sharks forward Brad Winchester to training camp on a tryout basis.

Pacific Division

-The lockout allowed Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman (right) to heal from shoulder and knee injuries.

Patrick Division

-Former Capitals/Coyotes/Blue Jackets/Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto has joined HC Lev Praha of Russia's KHL.

-Former Canadiens/Senators/Rangers forward Corey Locke has joined Eisbären Berlin of Germany's DEL.

-Connor Brown and Connor McDavid each had a goal and two assists for the Erie Otters in a 4-3 loss to Plymouth Whalers.

-A goal and two assists by Adam Brace helped the Robert Morris men's team defeat Connecticut, 4-3.

-Paul Chiasson scored two goals for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 4-2 defeat of Holy Cross.

-Maddie Collias had two goals for the Robert Morris women's team in a 5-2 defeat of Lindenwood.

-Nicole Paniccia made 34 saves for the Penn State women's team in a 2-1 loss to Union.

-A hat trick by Emily Janiga led the Mercyhurst women's team to a 4-1 win against Syracuse.

-Jesse Kessler had a goal and an assist for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 4-2 loss to the Port Huron Fightning Falcons.

(Photos: Rupp-Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Green-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Lydman-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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