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Empty Netter Assists - 07-24-13

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Penguins

-"I know I'm young, but I'm just going to try my best. Just to be considered and them to be thinking of me is pretty important." - Beau Bennett (above) on being invited to Team USA's orientation camp.

-"It's pro sports. It's hockey. It's the way it is. I played against friends. There are battles on the ice. I still have a lot of respect for Peter." - Tony Granato on working with rival Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on Team USA's staff.

-Marc-Andre Fleury said he's disappointed he wasn't invited to Team Canada's orientation camp:

-Former Penguins forward prospect Andy Bathgate has joined Briançon of France's Ligue Magnus.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Mayer. A free agent signing in the 1987 offseason, Mayer's entire NHL career amounted to one game and four penalty minutes with the Penguins in 1987-88. At the 1989 trade deadline, Mayer was dealt to the Kings in exchange for Tim Tookey.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Devils officially signed former Penguins captain/forward Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million. The contract has a base salary of $2 million and has performance bonuses of up to $2 million. Jagr, 41, appeared in 45 games last season and scored 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists).

-EN Says: Three years ago, the idea of Jagr (right) joining the Devils would be outrageous. Today, it's barely even curious. In the wake of Ilya Kovalchuk's "retirement," the Devils needed a top-six forward who can still produce, especially on the power play. Jagr, who actually outscored Kovalchuk (31 points) last season, fits that bill perfectly.

-"In my stage, because I love the game, I was looking for the team that I can play. I was talking to [Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello] before Kovalchuk retired and I think after he retired there was even more possible for me to play." - Jagr on joining the Devils.

-“I don’t think I ever thought about playing with him on the same team, but we’re at the point in our careers, both of us, that we know our roles, we know our situation,, we know our place and I think he will be good for the team.” - See more at: http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice/#sthash.jrXTHIKq.dpuf

I don’t think I ever thought about playing with him on the same team, but we’re at the point in our careers, both of us, that we know our roles, we know our situation,, we know our place and I think he will be good for the team.” - Devils forward Patrik Elias on playing with Jagr. Both players are natives of the Czech Republic.

-"I was asked if this was a goal of mine a little bit earlier. It wasnt' so much a goal as it was a dream. You set goals to attain them. I didn't know if coaching in the Olympics was something I'd ever achieve." - Blue Jackets coach and former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Todd Richards on being named an assistant to Team USA's staff.

-Former Nailers forward Daultan Leveillé has joined the Evansville IceMen, the Blue Jackets' ECHL affiliate. Leveille was drafted by the Thrashers with a first-round pick in 2008 which was acquired from the Penguins in a trade which brought Pascal Dupuis and Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh.

Central Division

-Former Blues forward David Perron, now of the Oilers, never really fit in St. Louis.

Pacific Division

-The Kings re-signed restricted free agent forward Trevor Lewis (right) to a one-year contract worth $1.325. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $725,000, Lewis, 26, appeared 48 games last season and scored 14 points (five goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: Lewis has established himself as a strong bottom six energy forward in terms of five on five play and a dependable option on the penalty kill. That said, he doesn't produced much offense. This is a slight overpayment.

-The Canucks will retire the No. 10 of former all-star forward Pavel Bure.

-Vancouver officially hired former Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan and former Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan as assistants.

Smythe Division

-Former Blackhawks defenseman Shawn Lalonde has joined Eisbären Berlin of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Bennett-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Jagr-Post-Gazette archives; Lewis-Harry How/Getty Images)

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