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Empty Netter Assists - 07-10-13

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Penguins

-"If he were alive, he would certainly be thanking the players who made this possible." - Ray Shero on his late father, former Flyers/Rangers coach Fred Shero (right), being selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

-Along with Fred Shero, former Canadiens/Blackhawks/Red Wings/Thrashers defenseman Chris Chelios, former Canadian national women's team member Geraldine Heaney, former Devils/Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and former Devils/Blues/Whalers/Red Wings/Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan were also selected for induction.

-The Penguins re-signed minor league forwards Zach Sill and Paul Thompson to one-year two-way contracts. (PG+)

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Alain Nasreddine. Acquired at the 2004 trade deadline in a deal which sent Steve Webb to the Islanders, Nasreddine spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Following the 2004-05 lockout, he appeared in six games and didn't record a point for the Penguins in 2005-06. The 2006-07 campaign was his finest as an NHLer as he appeared in a career-high 44 games and scored five points. In 2007-08, Nasreddine was limited to six games and no points. During the 2008 offseason, he joined the Sinupret Ice Tigers Nurnberg of the DEL in Germany. He is currently an assistant coach with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders signed restricted free agent Cal Clutterbuck (right) to a four-year contract worth a total of $11 million. Coming off a contract with the Wild with a cap hit of $1.4 million, Clutterbuck's new cap hit will have a cap hit of $2.75 million. Acquired in a trade from the Wild earlier this month, Clutterbuck appeared in 42 games last season and scored 10 points (four goals, six assists).

-EN Says: For a player who is an ideal third-liner and will make the Islanders tougher, this is a good contract for New York.

-"I just feel tremendously fortunate getting (drafted) by New Jersey and playing alongside the great players that I did. The defensemen and coaches I learned from. I really couldn’t have been in a better situation. Without that I’m probably not answering questions about this." - Niedermayer on starting his career with the Devils.

-The Devils re-signed former forward Rod Pelley to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Flyers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year contract worth $1 million. Coming off an entry-level contract worth $900,000, Gustafsson, 24, appeared in 27 games and scored eight points (three goals, five assists).

-EN Says: This is a depth signing.

-"No one deserves it more than Fred Shero, in my opinion. He was the guy that put it all together. We gave him the parts and he made it work. There's no sense looking back as to why it didn't happen sooner, because today's a happy day to celebrate the fact that a guy that deserves it immensely has finally been elected to the Hall of Fame." - Flyers owner Ed Snider.

"No one deserves it more than Fred Shero, in my opinion," Snider said. "He was the guy that put it all together. We gave him the parts and he made it work. There's no sense looking back as to why it didn't happen sooner, because today's a happy day to celebrate the fact that a guy that deserves it immensely has finally been elected to the Hall of Fame."
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-“Fred was a mystery man, and I think that may have well been a reason that it took him so long to get in the Hall of Fame. I don’t think anyone could doubt his record. Perhaps (it had something to do with) how the Flyers won. Maybe people held that against him. But I liked him. I like him a lot.” - Former Rangers captain/forward Dave Maloney on Fred Shero.

Northeast Division

-Petr Svoboda, agent for former Penguins captain/forward Jaromir Jagr (right), shot down a report that his client was interesting in signing with the Sabres.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes re-signed restricted free agent forward Riley Nash to a two-year two-way contract.

-Former Robert Morris forward Trevor Lewis has joined the San Antonio Rampage, the Panthers' AHL affiliate.

Central Division

-"I don't think I'd be on this call today if it weren't for my time in Detroit. In fact I know I would not be on this call if it weren't for my time in Detroit." - Shanahan on being selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

-“He’s the best American-born player eve. He played in every era and played any way he wanted—skill, tough, dirty. And he was a winner. That is ‘Cheli.’ ” - Former Blackhawks forward Ed Olczyk on former teammate Chelios. Like Chelios, Olczyk is a native of the Chicago area.

-“Let’s not mention that name on this call. This is a good day.” - Chelios' reaction when asked about his habit of having harsh comments about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

-Tyler Bertuzzi, the Red Wings' first-round pick in this year's draft, says he's meaner than his uncle, Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi.

-Predators defenseman Seth Jones, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, is already popular in Nashville.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche signed forward Nathan MacKinnon, the top overall pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The family of the late Derek Boogaard has given its blessing to former Penguins forward Matt Cooke to wear No. 24 with the Wild. Boogaard wore the number with Minnesota.

Pacific Division

[General manager Jim Nill] and I talked about it and thought it was best that I shut down my Twitter. It was definitely unfortunate, the time period of all this happening.’’ - new Stars forward Tyler Seguin on a homophobic slur recently appearing on his Twitter account.

-The Ducks signed former Predators forward Zack Stortini (right) and former Panthers defenseman Nolan Yonkman to one-year two-way contracts.

-The Coyotes re-signed restricted free agent forward Andy Miele to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Sharks' arena, formerly known as HP Pavlion, is now offcially the SAP Center. Unofficially, it remains "THe Shark Tank."

Norris Division

-"It was unbelievable receiving the call. You guys probably heard it in my voice ... as a young girl playing hockey never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be going into the Hall." - Heaney.

-Former Kings/Predators forward Vitali Yachmenev has retired.

(Photos: Shero-eBay; Clutterbuck-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Jagr-Post-Gazette archives; Chelios-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Stortini-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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