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Empty Netter Assists - 01-16-13

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Penguins

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-Beau Bennett and Eric Tangradi make their case to be Evgeni Malkin's left winger.

-Jayson Megna is taking the long way to the NHL.

-"This will be by far the best rivalry I’ve been a part of." - Tanner Glass on Penguins-Flyers.

-Tonight's intrasquad scrimmage will feature several staged scenarios. (PG+)

-Tomas Vokoun will ensure 22 consecutive seasons of Czechs playing for the Penguins.

-"I wasn't able to train for a year. I don't consider going for a 10-minute run training. When you're doing an activity and hope that you don't get symptoms, that's not really pushing yourself, that's just having daily activity. There's a big difference between training and having physical activity." - Sidney Crosby on the limitations presented by his concussion issues.

-“I had a big injury and came back and played well. We had a great line, but we didn’t win the Stanley Cup.” - Malkin on his 2011-12 season.

-Malkin speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-The Confluence returns to Kukla's Korner.

-Alex Grant and Riley Holzapfel each collected a goal and two assists for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-2 defeat of the Norfolk Admirals. Brian Dumoulin each recorded two assists for the Penguins while teammate Brad Thiessen made 11 saves.

-The end of the NHL lockout has given Grant a chance at more playing time.

-With forward Philip Dupuis dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled forward Adam Payerl from the Wheeling Nailers.

-Happy 75th birthday to former Penguins forward, coach and scout Lou Angotti (right). Acquired in the 1968 offseason in a deal which sent Ab McDonald to the Blues, Angotti's playing career with the Penguins amounted to 71 games and 37 points in 1968-69. During the 1969 offseason, Angotti was traded back to the Blues along with a draft pick in exchange for Ron Schock, Craig Cameron and a draft pick. After serving as head coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks, the Penguins' AHL affiliate, Angotti became the Penguins' head coach in 1983-84. In his only season as the Penguins' coach, the team had a dreadful 16-58-6 record for 38 points, a mark which remains a franchise low. He was replaced following the season and served as a scout until 1986. Angotti is one of five men who have played for and coached the franchise. The others are Ken Schinkel, Gene Ubriaco, Rick Kehoe, and Ed Olczyk.

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers officially named forward Claude Giroux as the 19th captain in franchise history.

-"I'm not going to come in and send a message to let's just dip our big toe in and see how the water feels." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on how he wants his team to play the Penguins Saturday.

-Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros could be ready for Saturday's game after spending most of the offseason and lockout recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

-Can forward Brayden Schenn (right) hack it on the Flyers' top line?

-Defenseman Bryce Salvador is expected to be named the Devils' next captain.

-The Islanders claimed defenseman Thomas Hickey off waivers from the Kings. Hickey, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 draft, has yet to play a game in the NHL.

-The Islanders officially suspended forwards Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu as they were injured while playing overseas during the lockout. Their suspensions will be lifted once they pass physicals.

-The KHL is holding up a contract Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has been offered by HC Slovan. Visnovsky has not reported to Islanders training camp and has been officially suspended by the club. The NHL and KHL are trying to reach an agreement on Visnovsky's status.

-Islanders defenseman Ty Wishart cleared waivers and was demoted to Bridgeport of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-“He’s still demanding of his guys … but he’s really patient when he’s teaching us about what he expects and the reasons why. There’s no grey area out there, it’s: ‘This is how I want it, and this is why I want it.' There’s no in-between with him. You play good or you play bad, guys know what to expect.” - Canadiens forward and former Penguin Colby Armstrong on his new/old coach, Michel Therrien (right), also formerly of the Penguins.

-The Canadiens acquired former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Jason DeSantis from the Panthers in exchange for defenseman Brendon Nash.

-“He makes everybody in this room bigger." - Sabres forward Steve Ott on teammate John Scott. A 6-foot-8 forward, Scott will serve as the club's enforcer.

Southeast Division

-“I’m not a big fan of the shootout, but I know they want more points, more fun for the fans. Hopefully, we don’t go to many shootouts. We want to win in regulation. But I know what I need to do. I know I can help. You go first and score, it elevates the other shooters, your goalie. Points are just too valuable to waste.” - Panthers forward and former Penguin Alex Kovalev on shootouts. Last season, Florida went 6-11 in shootouts.

-"I watched him play in Montreal [from 2003-09], and it was exciting every game he was there. To be on the ice with him is kind of a dream, to talk strategy off the ice, too, so we can get to know each other.'' - Panthers rookie forward Jonathan Huberdeau on playing on a line with Kovalev in training camp. Kovalev is in camp as a free agent invitee.

-"I wouldn't consider it close but we're going to keep working at it." - Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos on the status of restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (right).

-Former Penguins forward Jordan Staal scored a goal to help team White defeat team Red, 5-2, in the Hurricanes' intrasquad scrimmage. Fire Ray Shero.

-“I noticed that right away when I talked to them. They looked kind of surprised. It’s our job to tell them to and if they screw up, who cares? Mike Green screws up when he joins the rush too. You can’t be afraid of it. You’ve got to let them make a mistake and keep playing.” - Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson on the team's new offensive approach which allows defensemen to take offensive chances.

-The Capitals demoted Cam Schilling to Hershey of the AHL.

-Jets forward Antti Miettinen will be sidelined indefinitely due to an "upper-body" injury.

Central Division

-Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg was named the 36th captain in franchise history.

-"I'm going to try to give them the impression that I belong in the lineup. I definitely can help defensively on the penalty kill and five-on-five." - Former Penguins defenseman Michal Rozsival on his first season with the Blackhawks.

-“He’s only crossed my mind, I think, once. We know he’s not there, but we’ve moved on. I think he’s moved on, too, probably. On the ice, when the games start, I think is when we’ll notice a difference. Not having him in the lineup now, we’re going to be looking at each other now saying, ‘It’s got to be one of us here, we’re going to have to make a difference. The big guy’s not here anymore.’ ” - Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard (right) on life without longtime captain/forward Rick Nash. This past summer, Nash was dealt to the Rangers.

-The Blue Jackets recalled forwards Cam Atkinson, Matt Calvert, Ryan Johansen, defensemen Tim Erixon, John Moore and David Savard from Springfield of the AHL.

-Columbus is down to just over 7,000 season ticket holders this season, the lowest figure in franchise history. Last season, the club had over 8,000.

-The Blues signed general manager Doug Armstrong to a five-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Armstrong was named the NHL's general manager of the year last season.

-St. Louis invited former Sharks defenseman Colin White (right) to training camp on a tryout basis.

-The Blues recalled forwards Phil McRae, Evgeny Grachev, Andrew Murray, defensemen Cade Fairchild and Mark Cundari from Peoria of the AHL.

-The Predators recalled defenseman Victor Bartley from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-Nashville claimed defenseman Richard Clune off waivers from the Kings.

Northwest Division

-Canucks forward David Booth will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a shoulder injury.

-Flames forward Jiri Hudler has left the team to attend to the death of his father.

-"C or no C, doesn't matter. He was a leader last year as an 18-year-old. He's going to be a leader, no matter what, just by the way he works and the way he carries himself. But he's still (20), and from time to time he might need some help from the old geezers."  - Avalanche goaltender Jean-Seabastien Giguere, 35, on new captain Gabriel Landeskog.

-The Oilers named forwards Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and defenseman Justin Schultz as alternate captains.

-The Wild will be going to considerable lengths to win back fans in the State of Hockey.

Pacific Division

-“He doesn’t have the best track record like myself, but he’s a player, too. At the end of the day, there are only a few guys out here that do one thing out there. He’s obviously shown he can do a lot more.” - Coyotes forward Raffi Torres (right) on Matt Cooke changing his game after multiple suspensions. Torres is attempting a similar change after being hit with a 21-game suspension last postseason.

-The Ducks recalled goaltender Frederik Andersen from Norfolk of the AHL and demoted forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to Norfolk.

-Stars defensement Aaron Rome (groin) and Philip Larsen (elbow) are a little dinged up.

-The Kings claim they lost four season ticket holders during the lockout.

Adams Division

-The NHL and NHLPA amended an earlier agreement regarding compliance buyouts. Instead of having to wait until June to make the buyouts, teams are allowed to extend them now. The change was made in order to allow the Canadiens and Rangers to part ways with forward Scott Gomez and defenseman Wade Redden respectively.

-George Gund III, former owner of the California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons and Minnesota North Stars and original owner of the Sharks, passed away. He was 75. Gund III was also a former owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

-Former Blue Jackets/Rangers/Flyers forward Nikolai Zherdev (right) has joined Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's KHL.

-Former Canadiens defenseman Mathieu Carle has joined Genève-Servette of Switzerland's NLA.

-Former Avalanche/Blue Jackets/Thrashers forward Serge Aubin announced his retirement.

-P.J. Musico made 14 saves for the Penn State men's team in a 3-2 overtime loss to Neumann.

(Photos: Penguins training camp-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Angotti-eBay; Schenn-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Therrien and Kulikov-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Brassard-Harry How/Getty Images; White-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images; Torres-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Zherdev-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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