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Empty Netter Assists - 07-13-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins signed restricted free agent Harry Zolnierczyk to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Penguins announced their roster for next week's  prospect development camp:

Forwards (21) - Jayson Megna, Oskar Sundqvist, Matia Marcantuoni, Anton Zlobin, Dominik Uher, Tyler Barnes, Teddy Blueger, Blaine Byron, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Jake Guentzel, Garnet Hathaway, Troy Josephs, Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Lane, Richard Nejezchleb, Adam Payerl, Grant Opperman, Carter Rowney, Bryan Rust, A.J. White and Scott Wilson.

Defensemen (12) - Dane Birks, Alex Boak, Nick D'Agostino, Reid McNeill, Harrison Ruopp, Philip Samuelsson, Ryan Segalla, Clark Seymour, Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta (right), Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin.

Goaltenders (4) - Tristan Jarry, Eric Hartzell, Sean Maguire and Matt Murray.

-Sidney Crosby is good people.

Atlantic Division

-“Out of the blue this kills some spirit. Everyone is going to be scratching their heads to see where we go from here to replace him and maybe change the makeup of our team. I don’t think you can find a guy that does what he does, who plays the amount of minutes he does. It frees up (cap) room in the future, but right now it’s kind of tough because everyone is under contract for next year. Not a lot of free agents out there. This came maybe a couple of weeks too late.” - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on former teammate Ilya Kovalchuk's abrupt retirement from the NHL.

-According to his mother, escrow and taxes helped lead to Kovalchuk's departure.

-The Islanders signed Boston College goaltender Parker Milner, a native of Mt. Lebanon, to a two-way contract at the AHL and ECHL levels.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins signed forward Patrice Bergeron (right) to an eight-year contract extension worth $52 million. Entering the final year of a contract with a cap hit of $5 million, Bergeron's new deal will have a cap hit of $6.5 million. In 42 games last season, Bergeron, 27, had 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists).

-EN Says: For a player who may be the best defensive forward in the game, this is a bargain. Bergeron is a top-tier defensive center who can put the clamps down on any opposing center and bring an element of clutch offensive play to his own game. For someone who is entering his prime year, this is a great deal for Boston.

-"There wasn't any question that he would be able to get more on the open market here. So Patrice really helped us in the team building aspect too. I give a lot of credit to him because he sees what we’re trying to do here and the [annual average value] is nice for team building and it’s something that helps us in future years." - Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli on Bergeron.

-The Senators re-signed restricted free agent forward Erik Condra to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million. Coming off a contract with a cap hit of $625,000, Condra's new deal will have a capt hit of $1.25 million. Condra, 26, appeared in 48 games last season and scored 12 points (four goals, eight assists).

-EN Says: Condra has developed into a tenacious penalty killer as well as a strong five-on-five defensive third liner for Ottawa. This is a fair contract.

-The Sabres signed defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, a first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year contract.

-The Canadiens re-signed restricted free agent Ryan White to a one-year two-way contract.

Southeast Division

-“We’re not surprised at the year he had. The thing about him is that he keeps getting better . . . every game he got better. He’s better now than he was three months ago.” - Steve Richmond, the Capitals director of player development, on forward prospect Riley Barber, a native of Washington, Pa.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks re-signed restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger (right) to a two-year contract. Financial terms of the deals were not reported. Kruger, 23, appeared in 47 games last season and scored 13 points (four goals, nine assists).

-The Blues hired former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin as a goaltending development coach.

Northwest Division

-The Wild signed former Predators defenseman Jon Blum, a former first-round pick in 2007, to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Canucks signed former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Brandon DeFazio and Benn Ferrior to one-year two-way contracts.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Derek Nesbitt has joined the Oklahoma City Barons, Edmonton's AHL affiliate.

Pacific Division

-The Kings re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jake Muzzin (right) to a two-year deal worth $2 million. Coming off a cap hit of $577,500, Muzzin's new deal will have a cap hit of $1 million. A former Penguins prospect, Muzzin, 24, appeared in 45 games last season and scored 16 points (seven goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: Muzzin finally established himself as a full-time NHLer last season and showed a little offensive punch in the process. With Rob Scuderi moving, he'll be asked to pick up more minutes next season. This is a "prove it" contract for Muzzin.

Patrick Division

-Former Panthers/Islanders/Coyotes forward Oleg Kvasha has joined Avangard Omsk of Russia's KHL.

-Former Blackhawks defenseman Jordan Hendry has joined the the Staubing Tigers of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Maata-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Bergeron-Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Kruger-Perry Nelson/Getty Images; Muzzin-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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