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Empty Netter Assists - 09-10-13

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Penguins

-The Penguins officially announce their training camp roster:

Forwards - Craig Adams, Beau Bennett, Chris Conner, Sidney Crosby, Matt D'Agostini, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Nick Drazenovic, Pascal Dupuis, Andrew Ebbett, Bobby Farnham, Brian Gibbons, Tanner Glass, Dustin Jeffrey, Jussi Jokinen, Tom Kostopoulos, Tom Kuhnhackl, Chris Kunitz, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Steve MacIntyre, Evgeni Malkin, Matia Marcantuoni, Jayson Megna, James Neal, Adam Peyerl, Zach Sill, Brandon Sutter, Paul Thompson, Dominik Uher, Joe Vitale, Harry Zolnierczyk.

Defensemen - Robert Bortuzzo, Nick D'Agostini, Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Deryk Engelland, Scott Harrington, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Paul Martin, Reid McNeil, Brendan Mikkelson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Derrick Pouliot, Harrison Ruopp, Philip Samuelsson, Rob Scuderi (above), Clark Seymour.

Goaltenders - Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Hartzell, Tristan Jarry, Matt Murray, Tomas Vokoun, Jeff Zatkoff.

-"It won’t be given to me." - Simon Despres on his hopes to land a full-time NHL gig.

-The Penguins have plenty of openings on their bottom two lines.

-Brandon Sutter is going to have to get used to some new wingers.

-Sidney Crosby and the Penguins did their annual season ticket delivery event yesterday:

-The NHL will clarify the language regarding rules on hits to the head.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Chris Joseph. A first-round pick in 1987 (No. 5 overall), Joseph spent parts of three seasons over two different stints with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1987-88, Joseph appeared in 17 games and recorded four assists before being traded along with Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan and Moe Mantha to the Oilers in exchange for Paul Coffey, Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp. After stints with the Oilers and Lightning, Joseph returned to the Penguins when he was claimed off waivers from the Lightning early in the 1994-95 season. In 33 games with the Penguins that season, Joseph scored 15 points. In that spring's playoffs, saw action in 10 games and netted two points. Joseph played in 70 games in 1995-96 and contributed 19 points. In that season's playoffs, Joseph appeared in 15 games and scored one goal. In the 1997 offseason, Joseph signed with the Flyers as a free agent. In 120 regular season games with the Penguins, Joseph scored 38 points. In 25 playoff games with the Penguins, he scored three points.

-Happy 25th birthday to former Penguins forward Jordan Staal (right). A first-round pick in 2006 (No. 2 overall), Staal spent six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2006-07, Staal appeared in 81 games, set an NHL rookie record with seven shorthanded goals, scored 29 overall goals, 42 points and was selected as a finalist for the Calder Trophy. In the 2007 postseason, Staal appeared in five games and scored three goals. Despite playing in all 82 games in 2007-08, Staal's offensive numbers regressed as he only scored 28 points. In the postseason, he saw action in 20 games, scored seven points and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years. Staal's production rebounded in 2008-09 as he once again played in all 82 games and scored 22 goals and 49 points. In that spring's playoffs, Staal, playing primarily on a line with Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy, saw action in 24 games and scored nine points, including a key shorthanded goal against the Red Wings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final (see below). Staal helped the team claim the series, 4-3, and got his name on the Cup. During 2009-10, Staal, one of the Penguins' top penalty killers, once again appeared in all 82 games, scored 21 goals, 49 assists and was named a finalist for the Selke Trophy. In the playoffs, Staal played in 11 games and scored five points. Injuries limited Staal to 42 games and 30 points in 2010-11. In seven postseason games that spring, he scored three points. Staal rebounded this past season by appearing in 62 games and scoring a career-best 25 points. Appearing in six postseason games, he led the team in goals (six) and points (nine). In 431 regular season games with the Penguins, Staal scored 248 points, 30th-most in franchise history. In 73 postseason games, "Gronk" scored 36 points, 11th-most in franchise history. From midway through his rookie season until the end of the 2009-10 campaign, Staal appeared in 302 consecutive games, second-most in franchise history. During the 2012 offseason, Staal was traded to the Hurricanes in exchange for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and a draft pick. He is still a member of the Hurricanes.

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Rob Holland. Acquired in the 1979 offseason along with Pat Hughes in a deal with sent Denis Herron and a draft pick to the Canadiens, Holland spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1979-80, Holland appeared in 34 games and had a 10-17-6 record with a 3.83 goals against average and one shutout. He saw action in 10 games in 1980-81 and went 1-5-3 with a 5.01 goals against average. In the 1981 offseason, Holland was traded to the Islanders for future considerations. In 44 games with the Penguins, Holland went 11-22-9 with a 4.08 goals against average and one shutout.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-According to the Detroit Free Press, the Flyers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Dan Cleary on a three-year contract worth a total of $8.25 million. The contract, which can't officially be signed until the end of the month, will have a salary cap hit of $2.75 million. Cleary, 34, appeared in 48 games last season with the Red Wings and scored 15 points (nine goals, six assists).

-EN Says: If healthy, Cleary is a capable third-line forward who can punch in 20 goals. But his health, specifically his knees, has been suspect in recent seasons. Offering this much term and money to a player with a ton of question marks is a bad move.

-The Flyers signed forward Taylor Leier, a fourth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Islanders name forward John Tavares (right) as the 14th captain in franchise history.

Atlantic Division

-The Senators signed forward Colin Greening to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $7.95 million. Entering the final season of a contract with a salary cap hit of $816,667, Greening's new deal will have a cap hit of $2.65 million. In 47 games last season, Greening, 27, had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists).

-EN Says: Greening showed what he could do last season as a reliable third-line checker who provided some occasional scoring touch. This is a fair contract for a player who hasn't yet his his ceiling.

-Bruins forward Gregory Campbell still hasn't completely healed from a broken leg he suffered against the Penguins during last season's Eastern Conference final.

-Neither has Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron who suffered shoulder, rib and lung injuries during the Stanley Cup final.

-What are the chances Upper St. Clair's Vince Trocheck makes the Panthers' NHL roster out of training camp?

-Erie Otters forward Connor Crisp will attend the Canadiens' training camp as an undrafted free agent.

Central Division

-Red Wings forward Darren Helm (right) is dealing with a groin injury.

-Former Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood has joined Fox Sports Detroit as a broadcaster.

-Former Ducks forward David Steckel will attend the Wild's training camp on a tryout basis.

Pacific Division

-Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff officially announced his retirement. Kiprusoff, 36, spent parts of 12 seasons with the Sharks and Flames. In 623 career games, he had a 319-213-71 record, a 2.49 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and 44 shutouts. He holds the Flames' career records for wins (305), games played (576) and shutouts (41). A one-time all-star, he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender in 2005-06.

Patrick Division

-Former Panthers/Thrashers/Capitals Ivan Majeski has joined HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga.

(Photos: Scuderi-Harry How/Getty Images; Staal-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Tavares and Helm-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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