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Empty Netter Assists - 07-23-13

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Penguins

-Several Penguins players have been invited to their respective countries' Olympic orientation training camps. They include:

Canada - Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, James Neal (Click here for the complete roster.)
Finland - Jussi Jokinen (Click here for the complete roster.)
Russia - Evgeni Malkin (Click here for the complete roster.)
United States - Beau Bennett (right), Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik (Click here for the complete roster.)

(Click here for Sweden's roster.)

-Ducks goaltender John Gibson (Whitehall) and Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (Gibsonia) were also invited to the United States' camp. (PG+)

-Kunitz called the invitation an honor.

-Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards were named assistants to Team USA.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward and enforcer Dennis Bonvie. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Bonvie spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins and five seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were he became arguably the most beloved player in the history of that club. With the NHL Penguins, Bonvie appeared in 28 games in 1999-2000 and amassed 80 penalty minutes. In 2000-01, Bonvie only played in three games with the NHL Penguins and was a minus-1. He joined the Bruins as a free agent in the 2001 offseason. Bonvie, one of eight natives of Nova Scotia who have played for the Penguins (Paul Andrea, Sidney Crosby, Lowell MacDonald, Al MacNeil, Glen Murray, Jon Sim and Wendell Young are the others) currently serves as a scout for the Blackhawks.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-According to ESPN.com, former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr has agreed to a one-year contract with the Devils. Financial terms were not reported.

Atlantic Division

-The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a three-year contract worth $9.45 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.325 million, Gunnarsson's new deal is worth $3.15 million. Gunnarsson, 26, appeared in 37 games last season and scored 15 points (one goal, 14 assists).

-EN Says: Gunnarsson is a stable but hardly spectacular second pairing defenseman. He doesn't off anything spectacular but his capable of filling just about any role. For someone who is a steady, reliable defender, this is a fair contract.

-The Maple Leafs entered into an affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears.

-The Senators re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (right) to a three-year contract worth $6 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $875,000, Wiercioch's new deal will have a cap hit of $2 million. Wiercioch, 22, appeared in 42 games last season and scored 19 points (five goals, 14 assists).

-EN Says: Wiercioch is a somewhat large (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) defenseman with a big shot. He isn't all that sharp in his own zone defensively but he's still developing. This is a fairly large cap hit for a defender who is more potential than results.

-The Panthers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Colby Robak to a two-year two-way contract.

-The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent forward Luke Adam to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-The Jets re-signed restricted free agent forward Anthony Peluso to a two-year contract worth $1.125 million. Coming off a two-way contract with a cap hit of $605,000, Peluso's new contract will have a cap hit of $562,500. Peluso, 24, appeared in five NHL games last season, recorded two assist and accumulated 14 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: Peluso is a fourth-line enforcer. Getting him for a shade over league minimum seems appropriate.

 

-The Jets re-signed restricted free agent Bryan Little (right) to a five year contract worth a total of $23.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2,383,333, Little's new deal will have a cap hit of $4.7 million. Little, 25, appeared in 48 games last season and scored 32 points (seven goals, 25 assists).

-EN Says: This might seem a pretty big cap hit for a low-profile player but Little has been a pretty productive player throughout his career. He can play any forward position and is a fairly responsible defensive player. He's not very big and doesn't offer much in terms of physical play (5-foot-11, 185 pounds). But for a player who can generate offense, this is a fair contract.

-The Blackhawks will open their training camp at Notre Dame.

 

Pacific Division

-The Flames signed forward Sean Monahan, a first-round pick in this year's draft (No. 6 overall) to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Coyotes re-signed restricted free agent defenseman David Rundblad to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not revealed.

-The Stars will put single-game tickets on sale Aug. 15. The Penguins visit Dallas Jan. 25.

Norris Division

-Former Stars/Wild/Jets forward Antti Miettinen has joined Gottéron of Switzerland's NLA.

(Photos: Bennett-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Wiercioch-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Little-Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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