Empty Netter Assists - 07-09-13

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-The Penguins will hold their prospect development camp next week.

-Former Penguins forward Georges Laraque is running for political office in Montreal.

-Former Penguins forward Matt Murley has joined Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

-Happy 86th birthday to former Penguins coach and general manager Leonard "Red" Kelly (right). A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame for his playing days with the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, Kelly was hired as the Penguins' coach in the 1969 offseason. His first campaign (1969-70) with the Penguins saw the team go 26-38-12 and reach the postseason for the first time in franchise history. In 1970-71, the Penguins went 21-37-20 and missed the playoffs but were able to rebound in 1971-72 with a 26-28-14 record and a second playoff appearance. After going 17-19-6 in 1972-73, he was replaced midway through the season by former player Ken Schinkel. During his tenure as head coach, he also assumed the position of general manager from the 1970 offseason until midway through 1971-72. As general manager, he pulled off one of the best trades in franchise history when he acquired future all-star Syl Apps, Jr. - one of the best players in franchise history - and serviceable Sheldon Kannegiesser from the Rangers in exchange for third-liner Glen Sather. In 274 games as the Penguins' coach, Kelly had a record of 90-132-52. His 90 wins are sixth-most in franchise history. As a player, Kelly holds the distinction of having won the most Stanley Cup titles (eight) in NHL history without having played for the Canadiens.

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Ryan McDonagh (right) to a six-year contract worth a total of $28.2 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $1.3 million, McDonagh's new deal will have a cap hit of $4.7 million. In 47 games last season, McDonagh, 24, scored 19 points (four goals, 15 assists).

-EN Says: McDonagh is one of the best young defensive defensemen in the NHL. This cap hit is a baragin.

-The Devils re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Cam Janssen to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Islanders re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Kevin Poulin to a one-year two-way contract.

Northeast Division

-The Senators re-signed defenseman Joe Corvo to a one-year contract worth a total of $900,000. Coming off a contract with the Hurricanes with a cap hit of $2 million, Corvo, 36, appeared in 40 games last season and scored 17 points (six goals, 11 assists). He previous spent parts of two seasons with the Senators.

-EN Says: Corvo is a bottom four defenseman who had more offense to his game than defense. He has a strong shot and can move the puck. But don't expect him to offer much in his own zone. With Sergei Gonchar gone, Corvo will replace some of Gonchar's offensive accumen.

-“I played many years in Dallas, I’ve had many good times in Dallas and I really liked it there. But when I got the call (and) it was Boston on the line, it was pretty persuasive for me to say yes." - Bruins forward Loui Eriksson on waiving his no-trade clause to accept a move to Boston last week.

-The Bruins re-signe restricted free agent forward Carter Camper to a one-year two-way contract.

Southeast Division

-With Mike Ribeiro moving on as a free agent, the Capitals expect to use forward Brooks Laich (right) as their No. 2 center next season.

-The Capitals signed former Panthers defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Panthers re-signed forward Jon Matsumoto and signed former Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy to one-year two-way contracts.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets hired former Penguins defenseman Ville Siren as head amateur scout.

Northwest Division

-"I've watched him play for many years. There's no question when he came in the league he was an agitating player. With the new rules in our game, I think Matt has learned to not take every hit. You see him now passing up on some hits. He angles a lot. He's always in good position defensively and yet he still has that physical presence." - Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher on signing former Penguins forward Matt Cooke (right).

-Cooke has reached out to the family of former Wild forward Derek Boogaard in order to get their blessing to wear Boogaard's No. 24.

-“It took him a while to figure it out. It was almost like re-learning the game for him. It took him some time. He was behind the play or out of the play at first. To be effective, he still has to be physical and finish.” - Ray Shero on Cooke eliminating bad hits from his game.

-Long-time forward Milan Hejduk will re-sign with the Avalanche ... right?

Pacific Division

-The Stars signed former Predators forward Chris Mueller to a one-year contract. Terms were not reported.

Patrick Division

-The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its 2013 class of inductees today.

-Former Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov (right) has joined Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's KHL.

-Former Canucks defenseman Bill Sweatt has joined Brynäs of Sweden's SHL.

-Former Islanders defenseman Shane Sims has joined HC Innsbruck of Austria's EBEL.

-Former Sharks/Senators forward Jonathan Cheechoo has joined Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Kelly-Dennis Brodeur/Getty Images; McDonagh-Al Bello/Getty Images; Laich-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Cooke-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Burmistrov-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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