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Empty Netter Assists - 07-18-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins re-signed restricted free agent forward Dustin Jeffrey (right) to a one-year contract worth $625,000. Coming off a contract with a cap hit of $575,000, Jeffrey, 25, appeared in 24 games last season and scored six points (three goals, three assists). A sixth-round pick in 2007, Jeffrey has spent parts of the six seasons in the Penguins' organization.

-EN Says: We're not sure why each party wants to maintain this marriage. Ever since he suffered a serious knee injury in 2011, the Penguins have seemed hesitant to offer Jeffrey a full-time role in any capacity and Jeffrey has given them little reason too. That said, he is versatile as he can play any forward position. Jeffrey is capable of filling in as a first-line center, a fourth-line winger or anything in between. Jeffrey has also shown some scoring touch in the past. With the team looking to fill some holes among its bottom-six forwards, Jeffrey could be an option.

-Don't expect goaltending Tristan Jarry to make an impact in the NHL anytime soon.

-Philip Samuelsson welcomes comparisons to his father, former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, but he's eager to establish his own name.

-Bill Guerin is enjoying his post-playing career in the Penguins' front office.

Northeast Division

-New Senators forward Bobby Ryan (right) doesn't expect to replace former captain Daniel Alfredsson.

-The Senators re-signed restricted free agent forward Mike Hoffman to a one-year two-way contract.

Southeast Division

-Former Robert Morris defenseman Dennis Urban has joined the San Antonio Rampage, the Panthers' AHL affiliate.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton underwent surgery to correct a dislocated left shoulder. He is expected to be sidelined four to six months.

-The Predators signed forward Rich Clune to a two-year extension worth $1.7 million. Entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $537,500, Clune's new deal will have a cap hit of $850,000. In 47 games last season, Clune, 26, scored nine points (four goals, five assists) and had 113 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: Clune found a home in Nashville as a bottom-six energy player who would mix it up with anyone. This is a fair contract for him.

-The Predators painted the ice at Bridgestone Arena yellow for a fan skate:

-The Blackhawks re-signed restricted free agent Kyle Beach to a one-year contract. Terms were not reported.

(Photos: Jeffrey-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Ryan-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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