Empty Netter Assists - 06-26-13

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-The draft pick the Penguins received from the Jets in exchange for Eric Tangradi was upgraded from to a sixth-rounder from a seventh-rounder.

-The Penguins released their preseason schedule:

Sept. 15 - at Blues Jackets, 6 p.m.
Sept. 16 - Red Wings, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 - at Blackhawks, TBA
Sept. 21 - Blue Jackets, 4 p.m.
Sept. 23 - Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 - at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers announced they will use a compliance buyout on the remainder of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's (right) contract. Whiley they will be relieved of Bryzgalov's $5,666,667 salary cap hit, the Flyers must play Bryzgalov $1.62 million a year until 2027. Orginally signed to a nine-year contract worth a total of $51 million in 2011, Bryzgalov appeared in 99 games over two seasons with the Flyers and had a 52-33-10 record along with 2.60 goals against average, a .905 save percentage and seven shutouts.

-EN Says: What a ridiculous mess. The Flyers were gung-ho about getting the best goaltender available in the 2011 offseason and they moved heaven and earth to acquire Bryzgalov's signing rights from the Coyotes. In order to do that, they traded away franchise centers Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to create the salary cap space to sign Bryzgalov. Having failed to do their homework on Bryzgalov's peculiar mental makeup, a toxic environment was created with Bryzgalov's mercurial nature and the hornets nest that is the Philadelphia media. Two years later, the Flyers are paying Bryzgalov a lot of money to not play for them. Things like this are why the Flyers have not won the Stanley Cup since 1975.

From a financial standpoint, this move makes sense in that the Flyers need to find a way to created enough salary cap space to sign franchise center Claude Grioux who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 5.

-"It's obviously a costly mistake." - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

-Will the Flyers turn to Steve Mason as their new starter or will they pursue another golatender via trade or free agency?

-The Devils extended a qualifying offer to potential restricted free agent forward Jacob Josefson.

Northeast Division

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference "erased" his playoff beard via a Vine video:

-Senators captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson is expected to make a decision on potentially retiring prior to Sunday's draft.

-Ottawa forward Milan Michalek is undergoing a blood serum therapy to help heal a chronic knee injury.

-The Bruins need to find a way to re-sign restricted free agent goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Brett Sutter to a one-year two-way contract.

-Could the Lightning use buyouts on captain/forward Vincent Lecavalier and former Penguins forward Ryan Malone?

Central Division

-Blackhawks forward and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane (right) will appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman" tonight.

-The Blues re-signed restricted free agent forward Patrick Berglund to a one-year contract worth a total of $3.25 million. Coming off a deal with a cap hit of $2.25 million, Berglund, 25, appeared in 48 games last season and scored 25 points (17 goals, eight assists).

-EN Says: One of the top puck-handlers in the NHL, Berglund has a natural scoring touch and been on of the Blues' most consistent scoring threats in recent seasons. He doesn't use his size (6-foot-3, 217 pounds) all that much but he is a solid two-way player. This is a fair contract.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks officially introduced former Rangers/Lightning head coach John Tortorell as the 17th head coach in franchise history.

-โ€œWe have a really good leadership group here but we have not won a Stanley Cup. There is going to be more asked of them and that starts from the (Sedin) twins right on down as far as accountability and asking them for more. I don't think that changes no matter how old or how young you are. I think it's very important when you're dealing with a team concept that accountability is across the board." - Tortorella.

-Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (right) told the Finnish national team he is retiring. He has not filed official paperwork with the NHL however.

-โ€œAs we indicated when we addressed the media on June 14th, having just spoken with Miikka at that time, we realized that if pushed for an answer Miikka would have said that he was finished with his professional career. In light of our most recent meeting with him, the statement attributed to him by the Finnish National Team does not come as a surprise. However, as we have said consistently, we will continue our dialogue with Miikka.โ€ - Flames general manager Jay Feaster.

Pacific Division

-Will the Sharks keep using defenseman Brent Burns as a forward next season?

Adams Division

-Former Blue Jackets/Ducks/Capitals/Thrashers forward Joe Motzko has joined EC Salzburg of Austria's EBEL.

-Former Bruins forward Mikko Lehtonen has joined Bern of Switzerland's NLA.

(Photos: Blue Jackets/Penguins-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Bryzgalov-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Kane-Jim Rogash/Getty Images; Kiprusoff-Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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