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Empty Netter Assists - 06-21-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"If we go to the end of next week and he's not signed, does that mean he's traded? No." - Ray Shero any supposed deadline to have Kris Letang (right) signed to a contract extension before the NHL Draft (PG+)

-Don't expect the Penguins to use any compliance buyouts.

-What's Letang worth in comparison to his peers?

-Former Penguins forward Shean Donovan has joined the OHL's Ottawa 67s as an assistant coach.

Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-"To be completely honest, I was sick and tired of hearing everybody talk about everything that Johnny is doing right. He's a great player. He's one of the best in the league, and I just told him that he has to stop thinking about that too. He has to stop thinking about everything. He has to score goals for us." - Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook on captain Jonathan Toews' scoring slump.

-Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy was essentially benched during Game 4 and was limited to 2:37 of ice time.

-"I don’t think anyone expected to come into this series and win it in four or five games on either side. I mean 2 to 2. We got to be happy with that. Chicago was dominant all year and we are happy that we are just sticking in it. " - Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

-“Well, every goal is stoppable but I don’t think there were any weak ones. They were just mistakes (that) piled up and I wasn’t able to bail our guys out.” - Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on allowing six goals in Game 4.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-The Flyers announced they plan on using a compliance buyout on forward Daniel Briere (right) once the NHL allows clubs to use the tactic after the Stanley Cup Final. The move will relieve the Flyers of Briere's salary cap hit of $6.5 million and make him an unrestricted free agent. He has two years remaining on his current contract.

-"I've seen all the rumors and the reality was that it was going to happen. Like I said, it's sad, but at the same time, hopefully it's new doors that open. New opportunities." - Briere.

-The Rangers are expected to formally introduce new head coach Alain Vignealt today.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $675,000, Enroth's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.25 million. In 21 games last season, Enroth, 24, had a 4-4-1 record with a 2.60 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and one shutout.

-EN Says: Enroth has the skillset and the right mentality to be an ideal backup to Ryan Miller in Buffalo. Should the Sabres decide to part ways with Miller this offseason, Enroth appears to be next in line to take over as the starter. This is a fair contract for that scenario.

-“Ideally, I would like to keep them here, yes, both of them. But, again, we have to look at it in the context of when they become unrestricted, whether or not we have the ability to do deals with them and then the cost of those deals if we do.” - Sabres general manager Darcy Regeir on the futures of Miller and forward Thomas Vanek.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Raffi Torres (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $6 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.75 million, Torres' new deal will have a cap hit of $2 million. Torres, 31, appeared in 39 games last season and scored 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists).

-EN Says: Giving a three-year contract extension to a 31-year-old player with a history of injuries and suspensions might be a bit curious, but this is a fair cap hit for a player who provides a unique blend of toughness and scoring. Torres has a surprising amount of scoring touch and can is a monster when it comes to forechecking. If he can eliminate the elements of his game which have led to supplemental discipline, Torres is someone who can contribute to a winningg team.

-After the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported president Jim Lites said the Stars would likely hire former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff as their next head coach, the Stars said they are still in the process of interviewing candidates.

-The stars re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Travis Morin to a two-year two-way contract and restricted free agent Colton Sceviour to a one-year, two-way contract.

(Photos: Letang-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Briere-Elsa/Getty Images; Torres-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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