Empty Netter Assists - 07-02-13

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-Did Kris Letang's contract extension get held up by Newark Liberty International Airport?

-The Penguins extended qualifying offers to Dustin Jeffrey (right) and Harry Zolnierczyk and are expected to do the same with Robert Bortuzzo. (PG+)

-Former Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin has joined the Graz 99ers of Austria's EBEL.

-Happy 37th birthday to current Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Acquired in a trade last year, Vokoun played in 20 games last season and had a record of 13-0-4 record along with a 2.45 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and three shutouts. In the postseason, Vokoun appeared in 11 games and had a 6-5 record, a 2.01 goals against average, a .933 save percentage and one shutout.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders will us a compliance buyout on the remainder of goaltender Rick DiPietro's contract. The move will relieve the Islanders of DiPietro's salary cap hit of $4.5 million on his contract which was scheduled to expire in 2021. The first overall pick of the 2000 draft, DiPietro, 31, appeared in 318 games for the Islanders in his career and had a 130-138-36 record along with a 2.87 goals against average, .902 save percentage and 16 shutouts.

-Former Bruins all-star goaltender Tim Thomas, who has his rights currently owned by the Islanders, wants to resume his career after taking the 2012-13 season off.

-Unrestricted free agent forward David Clarkson (right) rejected an offer from the Devils and is expected to test the open market Friday.

-The Devils re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Peter Harrold to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.6 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $525,000, Harrold's new deal will have a cap hit of $800,000. Harrold, 30, appeared in 23 games last season and scored five points (two goals, three assists). 

-EN Says: This is a depth signing which won't make or break the roster.


-The Rangers acquired minor league defenseman Danny Syvret from the Flyers in exchange for minor league forward Kris Newbury.

-The Flyers extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent defensemen Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen and forward Eric Wellwood.

Northeast Division

-The Sabers are still trying to figure out what to do with goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek.

Southeast Division

-Capitals forward Matt Hendricks (right) expects to hit the free agent market Friday.

-The Capitals extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents defensemen Karl Alzner, Tomas Kundratek, forwards Marcus Johansson, Nicolas Deschamps and Peter LeBlanc.

-The Lightning extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards J.T. Brown, Dan Sexton and defenseman Mark Barberio but did not extend offers to forward Benoit Pouliot or defenseman Brendan Mikkelson.

-Tampa Bay re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not reported. In 19 games last season, he had three points (two goals, one assist) and 30 penalty minutes.

Central Division

-The Predators placed former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill on waivers.

-Former Penguins forward Tyler Wright is leaving the Blue Jackets as co-director of amateur scouting.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks placed defenseman Keith Ballard (right) on waivers.

Pacific Division

-Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas' first-round pick earlier this week, has pledged to play in the NHL next season instead of Russia's KHL.

Adams Division

-The NHL and the NHLPA are still trying to hash out a deal with the IIHF which would allow NHL players to participate in next year's Olympics.

-Former Panthers defenseman Jon Rheault has joined Adler Mannheim of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Jeffrey and Hendricks-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Clarkson-Elsa/Getty Images; Ballard-Harry How/Getty Images)

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