Empty Netter Assists - 09-09-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Could forward prospect Dominik Uher (above) see some action at the NHL level this season?

-Harrison Ruopp is the Penguins defensive prospect you aren't familiar with.

-The Penguins finished their rookie tournament in London, Ont. with a 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks. (PG+)

-“It’s a good feeling to get it over with, but I look at it as a starting point. Now I have to work even harder and keep doing the things that I’ve been doing to get better now that I’m under contract.” - Penguins goaltending prospect Matthew Murray on his new contract.

-Sidney Crosby likes golf.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins all-star defenseman Kevin Hatcher (right). Acquired in the 1996 offseason in a deal which sent Sergei Zubov to the Stars, Hatcher spent three seasons with the Penguins. In 1996-97, Hatcher he appeared in 80 games, led the team's defensemen with 54 points and was selected to the fifth all-star game of his career. In that spring's postseason,  Hatcher appeared in five games and contributed two points. Hatcher played in 74 games in 1997-98 and once again led the team's blueliners with 48 points. He also tied a team record for power-play goals by a defenseman with 13. He saw action in six postseason games that season and scored one goal. His final season with the Penguins was 1998-99. He played in 66 games and scored again led the team's defensemen with 38 points. In the playoffs, Hatcher appeared in 13 games and netted five points. In the 1999 offseason, Hatcher was traded to the Rangers in exchange for Peter Popovic. In 220 regular season games with the Penguins, Hatcher scored 140 points, 60th-most in franchise history. In 24 postseason contest, Hatcher recorded eight points.

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-The Hurricanes fired Jason Karmanos as executive vice president and assistant general manager. Part of his duties will be absorbed by former Penguins captain/forward Ron Francis. Karmanos is the son of owner Peter Karmano's Jr. In a statement, Karmanos, Jr. cited the dismissal as a "family matter."

Atlantic Division

-Former Canucks forward Mason Raymond will attend the Maple Leafs' training camp on a tryout basis.

-With goaltender Scott Clemmensen recovering from knee surgery, the Panthers will consider bringing goaltender Rob Madore, a native of Peters Township, to training camp on a tryout basis.

-The Lightning is still saddled with the contract of defenseman Mattias Ohlund who is all but retired due to knee injuries.

Central Division

-Wild coach Mike Yeo, a former Penguins assistant, pledged his team will be more aggressive this season.

-The Blues will introduce former captain/forward Brett Hull as a vice president today.

Pacific Division

-“No tiptoeing into this. I’ve been scrimmaging with the guys, practicing, doing everything full steam and business as usual." - Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (right) on his approach to the 2013-14 season after missing all of 2012-13 season due to a knee injury.

Adams Division

-Former Hurricanes/Flames defenseman Brett Carson has joined AIK of Sweden's SEL.

(Photos: Uher-Wilks-Barre/Scranton Penguins; Hatcher-Ken White/Allsport/Getty Images; Mitchell-Harry How/Getty Images)


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