Empty Netter Assists - 06-24-13

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-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Jeff Daniels (right). A sixth-round pick in 1986, Daniel spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie, Daniels appeared in 11 games for the Penguins and recorded two assists in 1990-91. The following season, he only played in two games and failed to score a point. Daniels finally found full-time work with the NHL team in 1992-93 as he appeared in 58 games and netted nine points. That spring, he he added five points in 12 postseason games. After playing 63 games and recording eight points in 1993-94, Daniels was traded to the Panthers at the trade deadline in exchange for Greg Hawgood. In 134 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 19 points. He is currently the head coach and general manager of the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was discharged from a Chicago hospital and flew home with the team.

-Bergeron's was described by Boston officials as day to day with a "body" injury.

-Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk will not face discipline for his high hit on Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews in Game 5.

-Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was "optimistic" Toews would play after suffering an "upper-body" injury in Game 5.

-‘‘I’m sure guys are going to think about it, yeah. It’s the Stanley Cup.’’ - Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (right) on possibly winning the Stanley Cup tonight.

-Eight out of Chicago's past nine goals have come while Bruins captain/defenseman Zdeno Chara was on the ice.

-Since Claude Julien took over as head coach in 2008, the Bruins in are 10-4 in games in which they can be eliminated from the postseason.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs acquired the signing rights of goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Kings in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens and a conditional second-round pick in 2014 or 2015. The Maple Leafs will retain $500,000 of a salary cap hit as part of the trade as well.

Bernier is scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 5 and is coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.25 million. Bernier, 24, appeared in 14 game last season and had a 9-3-1 record with a 1.87 goals against average, a .922 save percentage and one shutout. Frattin has one year left on a contract with a salary cap hit of $925,000 and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next offseason. Frattin, 25, appeared in 25 games last season and scored 13 points (seven goals, six assists). Scrivens has one year left on a contract witha  salary cap hit of $612,500 and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Scrivens, 26, appeared in 20 games last season and had a 7-9-0 record with a 2.69 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and two shutouts.

-EN Says: This is a trade which makes a litle more sense for the Kings than it does the Maple Leafs. For the Kings, they deal away an luxury in Bernier (right) and add some depth while creating some salary cap space which can be used to re-sign pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Scuderi. Frattin is a speedy winger who can fill in on a variety of roles but is ideally a third-liner. He has a little scoring touch and isn't afraid to go to high-traffic areas. With Bernier being moves, the Kings also get back an immediate replacement in Scrivens who is an ideal fit to be the back up to star goaltender Jonathan Quick who usually gets a heavy workload. For the Maple Leafs, adding Bernier is a curious move in that starting goaltender James Reimer had a strong season and was one of the biggest reasons they reached the postseason.That said, creating competition or depth at the position is never a bad thing. Bernier is a high-end talent who was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He simply never got a chance playing behing Quick who became on of the top goaltenders in the game. He'll get plenty of chances in Toronto.

-“When I talked to Jonathan, I told him the same thing I passed along to [Reimer]. Which is ‘nothing is being guaranteed to anybody.’ “This is a situation where we feel that we’re deeper [in goal]. Both have great potential and they’re going to get an opportunity to develop and hopefully realize that potential.” - Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis on Bernier and Reimer.

-The Maple Leafs are expected to use a compliance buyout on defenseman Mike Komisarek. He is scheduled to have a salary cap hit of $4.5 million next season.

-The Canadiens are expected to use a compliance buyout on defenseman Tomas Kaberle (right). He is scheduled to have a salary cap hit of $4.25 million next season.

Northwest Division

-Clean up efforts began Sunday at the Saddledome in Calgary after flood waters swamped the event level of the facility. Flames officials have pledged to have the building ready by the start of the 2013-14 season.

(Photos: Daniels-Penguins Hockey Cards; Seabrook-Harry How/Getty Images; Bernier-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Kaberle-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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