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Empty Netter Assists - 06-29-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

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-Dan Bylsma (above) was officially named as head coach of the United States Olympic team.

-Ray Shero was officially named as associate general manager of the United States Olympic team.

-The Penguins want to keep Craig Adams.

-Penguins defensive prospect Derek Pouliot will participate in Team Canada's national junior summer development camp. (PG+)

-Ten years later, the 2003 draft has had a major impact on the NHL including the Penguins.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Chad Kolarik has joined Linköping of Sweden's Elitserien.

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers will not use a compliance buyout on the remainder of forward Brad Richards' (right) contract.

-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will don the cover of EA Sports' NHL 14.

-Brodeur's son, Anthony, could be selected at tomorrow's draft at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

Northeast Division

-Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs proclaimed his team will spend to the salary cap limit for the upcoming season.

-The Canadiens re-signed forward Michael Blunden to a one-year two-way contract.

-Senators captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson (right) will return next season for his 17th NHL season. Alfredsson, 40, is the NHL's longest serving captain.

Southeast Division

-With captain/forward Vincent Lecavalier being bought out, forward Martin St. Louis is the last remaining member of the Lightning's 2004 Stanley Cup championship team still on the roster.

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

Central Division

-A crowd said to be in excess of two million people turned out for the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup parade.

-Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford dropped a handful of vulgarities during his speech.

-Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane in a sea of confetti:

-Gibsonia's Brandon Saad gave the Stanley Cup a smooch:

-Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel) help up the Presidents Trophy:

-Blackhawks forward was relegated to Campbell Bowl duty:

-Crawford held up a championship belt:

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa captured the scene on his phone:

-A lot of people turned out for the rally in Grant Park:

-Mist was sprayed on the crowd to keep everyone cool:

-The streets were lined for the parade:

-A few construction workers even took in the parade:

-The Blackhawks took out a full page ad in the Boston Globe to thank the Bruins as well as the city of Boston:

-The Blue Jackets signed head coach Todd Richards to a one-year contract extension through 2014-15. Richards, the former head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, is 42-38-9 since taking over the Blue Jackets midway through the 2011-12 season.

-The Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jakub Kindl to a four-year contract worth a total of $9.6 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $883,333, Kindl's new deal will have a cap hit of $2.4 million. In 41 games last season, Kindl, 26, had 13 points (four goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: Kindl is a fairly talented player who can move the puck effectively while offering a decent amount of size (6-foot-3, 217 pounds). He still battles inconsistency however and doesn't offer much as a penalty killer. This might seem like an overpayment for a player with relatively few results but it could turn out to be a bargain if Kindl ever reaches his considerable potential.

-Predators general manager David Poile was named the general manager of the United States' Olympic team.

Northwest Division

-The Oilers hired former Blue Jackets assistant coach Keith Acton as an associate coach.

-Canucks forward Manny Malhotra (right) still wants to comeback from a serious eye injury.

Pacific Division

-Negotiations between the city of Glendale, Ariz. and prospective new owners for the Coyotes are a mess.

Norris Division

-Jokerit, a long-time member of Finland's SM-liiga, will join Russia's KHL in 2014-15.

(Photos: Bylsma-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Richards-Elsa/Getty Images; Alfredsson-Photobucket; Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Scott Eisen/Associated Press, Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press and Scott Olson/Getty Images; Malhotra-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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