Empty Netter Assists - 07-07-12

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-After signing Rob Scuderi, the Penguins have a lot of defensemen and not a lot of salary cap space.

-"I do feel more comfortable on the right side." - Bruins forward Jarome Iginla (above) on being used as a left winger primarily with the Penguins. (PG+)

-“Don Meehan called and it raised my eyebrows. I said, ‘Really?’ And I was excited.” - Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli on Meehan, the agent for Iginla, initiating contract talks.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime. A sixth-round pick in 1993, Lalime made his NHL debut in 1996-97. He would go 14-0-2 in his first 16 stars and establish a still-standing NHL record for longest unbeaten streak to start a career for a goaltender. Lalime would finish with a 21-12-2 record along with a 2.94 goals against average, .913 save percentage and three shutouts and was named to the NHL's all-rookie team. It would end up being his only season with the Penguins as he would hold out the 1997-98 season due to a contract squabble. At the 1998 trade deadline, his signing rights were dealt to the Mighty Ducks in exchange for Sean Pronger. He is currently a broadcaster with RDS in Canada.

Atlantic Division

-“I’ve heard people say, ‘That’s a long deal for him. Probably not what the Devils should have done. They should’ve given him a two or three-year deal.’ It’s the fact that I had a season last year I didn’t want to have and then I finished with an injury coming into free agency. “I have to prove other people wrong and prove myself right, I guess. I feel great. I’m 30 years old and I feel like I’m entering my prime. I feel like I have a lot of good hockey ahead of me. There is no concern from me. At the end I know I will prove the Devils right.” - Forward Ryane Clowe on signing with the Devils.

-"They play hard, they play well defensively, but offense is also something they can bring that's very solid, so I thought I'd fit well in that mold. I like that better than staying on your heels." - New Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier on Philadelphia's style of offense.

They play hard, they play well defensively, but offense is also something they can bring that's very solid, so I thought I'd fit well in that mold," he said. "I like that better than staying on your heels."
Northeast Division

-The Sabres re-acquired former defenseman Henrik Tallinder from the Devils in exchange for forward prospect Riley Boychuk. Tallinder has one year left on a contract with a cap hit of $3.375 million. In 25 games last season, Tallinder, 34, scored four points (one goal, four assists). He spent parts of the first eight seasons of his NHL career in Buffalo. Boychuk, 22, was a seventh-round pick in 2010. In 41 games with Fort Worth of the CHL last season, he had 17 points (eight goals, nine assists). He has one year remaining on an entry-level contract.

-EN Says: This appears to be a salary dump for the Devils. With the team still trying to re-sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Marek Zidlicky, this clears a good amount of money for that to happen. For Buffalo, bringing back Tallinder (right) will shore up the blue line. Tallinder is aging and is starting to become more injury prone, but he's a solid second-pairing defenseman who plays a positionally sound brand of defense. Boychuk is a marginal prospect.

-The Canadiens signed undrafted forward Stefan Founier to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Maple Leafs captain/defenseman Dion Phaneuf married actress Elisha Cuthbert.

Southeast Division

-Are the Panthers going with yet another youth movement?

Central Division

-The Blues agreed to a one-year contract worth $4 million with former Canucks forward Derek Roy. Coming off a contract with an identical cap hit, the Roy, 30, appeared in 42 games last season and scored 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists).

-EN Says: It'll be interesting to see how a playmaker like Roy will fit into the strict defensive system of head coach Ken Hitchcock. That said, Roy will provide a stronger presence at the center position on the second line.

-Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville took the Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field yesterday and showed it of with Cup manager Dale Svuem:

-Quenneville also threw out the first pitch and displayed some nice form:

-Columbus signed former Panthers forward Jack Skille to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Blue Jackets signed former Lightning/Devils goaltender Mike McKenna to a one-year two-way contract.

Northeast Division

-The Oilers signed former Stars goaltender Richard Bachman to a one-year contract. Terms were not reported. In 13 games last season, Bachman, 30, had a 6-5-0 record, a 3.25 goals against average and an .885 save percentage.

Pacific Division

-The Stars signed forward Valeri Nichushkin (right), their first-round pick in last week's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Stars forward Tyler Seguin got into some hot water last night when a homophobic slur appeared on his Twitter feed. Seguin later claimed his account was hacked.

-The Coyotes are expected to raise ticket prices.

Smythe Division

-Former Hurricanes defenseman Casey Borer has joined Eisbären Berlin of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Iginla-Gene J. Puskar; Tallinder-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Quenneville-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Nichushkin-Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“Don Meehan called and it raised my eyebrows,” Chiarelli said. “I said, ‘Really?’ And I was excited.” - See more at:

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