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Empty Netter Assists - 06-15-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"It's a group award, and one guy gets recognized. I'm very much cognizant of the help you need in order to do something like this, and it's very much appreciated." - Ray Shero on winning the NHL's general manager of they year award.

-A voting breakdown of some of the awards winners named yesterday.

-Former Penguins defenseman Dylan Reese (right), a native of Upper St. Clair, has joined Amur Khabarovsk of Russia's KHL. In three NHL games this past season, Reese, 28, had no points. In 66 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Reese had 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists).

Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-Bruins forward Nathan Horton resumed practicing yesterday after leaving Game 1 due to a suspected left shoulder injury.

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa has played in four of the past six Stanley Cup Finals.

-Has Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford become a favorite to play for Team Canada in the Olympics?

Non-Playoff Stuff
Southeast Division

-The Panthers acquired forward Bobby Butler from the Predators in exchange for defenseman T.J. Brennan. Butler, 26, appeared in 34 NHL games last season and scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists). Brennan, 24, appeared in 29 games last season and scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists). Both players are scheduled to become restricted free agents July 5.

-EN Says: This is a trade of mismatched parts. Both players have ability but just haven't been able to get everything together thus far in the NHL. Each player could benefit from change of scenery.

Southeast Division

-"There are so many great players who have won the award and you don’t say they were soft. They just played the game the right way." - Lightning forward Martin St. Louis on winning the Lady Byng Memorial Award for gentlemanly play.

Central Division

-The Red Wings re-signed forward Drew Miller (right) to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $4.05 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $837,500, Miller's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.35 million. Miller, 29, appeared in 44 games this past season and scored eight points (four goals, four assists).

-EN Says: Miller has developed into a solid, consistent third-lind defensive forward with Detroit. One of their top penalty killers not named Datsyuk or Zetterberg, Miller has become a significant part of the Red Wings' defensive game. This is a fair contract.

Northwest Division

-“I just won an NHL award. It’s something that I never thought I’d do in my life ever. And it happened with MS. I played five playoff games. I didn’t know if I’d ever play a playoff game. And that came with MS." - Wild goaltender Josh Harding on winning the Masterton Trophy which recognizes dedication to the sport. Harding is dealing with multiple sclerosis.

(Photos: Reese-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Miller-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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