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Empty Netter Assists - 07-30-13

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Penguins

-The Penguins re-signed restricted free agent forward Brian Gibbons to a one-year two-way contract worth $500,000 at the NHL level. (PG+) Gibbons, 25, appeared in 70 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season and scored 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists).

-Former Penguins/Ducks/Blackhawks/Maple Leafs/Hurricanes forward Tim Brent has joined Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of Russia's KHL.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Markus Naslund (right). A first-round pick in 1991, Naslund spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a raw 20-year-old rookie in 1993-94, Naslund appeared in 71 games and scored 11 points. In 1994-95, Naslund was limited to 14 games and four points. In 1995-96, Naslund finally seemed to find his game by producing 52 points in 66 games, but at the trade deadline, he was dealt to the Canucks in exchange for Alex $&#$@! Stojanov. The trade is considered one of the worst in franchise history as Naslund developed into an all-star in Vancouver while Stojanov washed out after two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 151 games with the Penguins, Naslund scored 67 points.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Greg Redquest. A fourth-round pick in the 1976 draft, Redquest's entire NHL career amounted to one game with the 1977-78 Penguins. He was released in the 1979 offseason.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Jeff Christian. A free agent signing in the 1994 offseason, Christian parts of three seasons with the Penguins. During that span, he only saw action in 15 games and scored four points. In the 1997 offseason, he signed with the Coyotes.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski (right). A second-round pick in 2004, Goligoski spent parts of the four seasons with the Penguins. He had a brief three-game cup of coffee in 2007-08 which produced two assists. In 2008-09, with defenseman Sergei Gonchar sidelined due to a preseason shoulder injury, Goligoski was inserted into the lineup and responded well by producing 20 points in 45 games. After appearing in two postseason games during the team's Stanley Cup run that spring, Goligoski's name earned a spot on the Cup. During 2009-10, Goligoski appeared in 67 games and registered 37 points. He appeared in all 13 of the team's playoff games and contributed nine points. After 60 games and 31 points in 2010-11, Goligoski was dealt at the trade deadline in exchange for James Neal and Matt Niskanen. In 177 regular season games with the Penguins, Goligoski scored 90 points, 95th-most in franchise history. In 15 postseason games, Goligoski scored 10 points.

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-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur unveiled a new design for his lid via Twitter:

Atlantic Division

-The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year contract worth $1.275 million. Coming off a two-way contract with an NHL salary cap hit of $600,000, Fraser, 26, appeared in 45 gmaes last season and recorded eight assists as well as 85 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: Fraser is a large (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) bottom-pairing defenseman who will mix it up with anyone. He doesn't provide much skill or speed but is one of the tougher players in the NHL. This is a slight overpayment.

Central Division

-The Jets re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Zach Bogosian (right) to a seven-year contract worth $36 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million, Bogosian's new deal will have a cap hit of $5,142,857. Bogosian, 25, appeared in 33 games last season and scored 14 points.

-EN Says: Between Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little, the Jets have spent a lot of money in recent weeks on re-signing players who have not helped the franchise reach the postseason for several seasons. Bogosian is a talented player who has yet to really reach his true potential as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 draft. If he ever reaches that potential, this is a fair contract. Until then, this is an overpayment.

-The Predators signed former Oilers defenseman Bryan Rodney to a one-year two-way contract.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks signed forward Joe Pavelski to a five-year contract extension. Financial terms were not revealed. He has one year remaining on his current contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million. Pavelski appeared in 48 games last season and scored 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists).

-Assuming he makes Sweden's roster, Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will be suspended for the first two games of the Olympics as a result of his low hit against Canada/Hurricanes forward Eric Staal in this year's IIHF World Championships.

-The hit in question:

Adams Division

-Former Thrashers/Wild/Lightning/Oilers/Ducks/Devils/Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster has joined Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

-Former Blackhawks/Avalanche forward Evan Brophey has joined EC Salzburg of Austria's EBEL.

(Photos: Naslund-Penguins Hockey Cards; Goligoski-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Bogosian-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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