Empty Netter Assists - 07-25-13

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-Penguins executive Bill Guerin was selected for induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. He will be joined by women's team member Cindy Curley, Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr., college coach Ron Mason and Islanders assistant coach Doug Weight.

-Welcome back Robert Bortuzzo.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed former Pittsburgh Forge Peter Mannino. In 20 games last season with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL, Mannino, 29, had a 10-7-0 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Jani Rita (right). Acquired along with Cory Cross midway through the 2005-06 season in a trade which sent Dick Tarnstrom to the Oilers, Rita's Penguins' career amounted to 30 games and seven points the rest of that campaign. Since the 2006-07 season, he has played for Jokerit Helsinki of the SM-liiga in Finland.

-Happy 49th birthday to current Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato.

Atlantic Division

-The Panthers re-signed restricted free agent forward Scott Timmins to a one-year contract. Terms were not revealed.

-The Maple Leafs re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Paul Ranger to a one-year contract. Terms were not revealed.

-Despite the city of Detroit recently declaring bankruptcy, the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved issuing up to $450 million in bonds to help fund a $650-million project that will include a new arena for Red Wings.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks signed former Sharks forward Brad Winchester to a one-year contract. Terms were not revealed.

Pacific Division

-The Canucks re-signed restricted free agent forward Dale Weise (right) to a one-year contract worth $750,000. Coming off a contract with a cap hit of $615,000, Weise, 24, appeared in 40 games last season and recorded six points (three goals, three assists).

-EN Says: Weise is a fourth-line energy forward. This is a fair contract.

-The Canucks re-signed restricted free agent forward Jordan Schroeder to a one-year contract worth $600,000. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $1.025 million, Schroeder, 22, appeared in 42 games last season and scored ine points (three goals, six assists).

-EN Says: Schroeder is recovering from shoulder surgery and might not be 100 percent by the start of the season. A former first-round pick, Schroeder still has a ton of potential.

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo dropped long-time agent Gilles Lupien and hired the duo of J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson.

-The Stars hired former Sabres assistant coach James Patrick as an assistant.

-Clean-up efforts continue at the Saddledome in Calgary in the wake of massive flooding in June.

Adams Division

-Dan McCoy, a native of Cheswick, was named to the United States' Paralympic sled hockey team.

(Photos: Guerin-Elsa/Getty Images; Rita-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Weise-Harry How/Getty Images)

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