Empty Netter Assists - 09-11-13

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-The Penguins have signed unrestricted free agent forward Chuck Kobasew to a professional tryout agreement. Kobasew, 31, appeared 37 games last season with the Avalanche and scored nine points. A first-round pick of the Flames in 2001, Kobasew (right) has also played with the Bruins and Wild in his NHL career. In 568 career NHL games, Kobasew, a right-handed shot, has scored 208 points.

-EN Says: Kobasew has shown versatility in his career in terms of being able to play either wing position. There is some offensive pop to his game but injuries and a lack of six (6-foot-0, 192 pounds) have created some inconsistency for him. His presence will add some intensity to an already tight battle for jobs among the bottom six wingers.

-Dan Byslma says three spots - two forwards and on defenseman - will be up for grabs in training camp. (PG+)

-How difficult will it be for the Penguins to move past being swept out of last season's Eastern Conference final?

-Shot location and confidence have been big factors in terms of turning Pascal Dupuis into a 20-goal scorer.

-Happy 66th birthday to former Penguins forward Garry Swain. The Penguins' first-round pick in 1968 (No. 4 overall), Swain's entire NHL career amounted to nine games and two points with the Penguins in 1968-69. After spending the next seasons in the minor leagues, Swain was released in the 1971 offseason.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Comrie. A free agent signing in the 2010 offseason, Comrie appeared in 21 games for the Penguins in 2010-11 and scored six points. He was not re-signed in the following offseason and retired.


Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Rangers have yet to re-sign restricted free agent forward Derek Stepan.

-The Devils will put individual game tickets on sale tomorrow. The Penguins are scheduled to visit New Jersey Nov. 16 and Dec. 31.

-The Islanders returned defensemen Kyle Burroughs (Regina - WHL), Jesse Graham (Niagara - OHL), Loic Leduc (Cape Breton - QMJHL), Adam Pelech (Erie - OHL) and forward Victor Crus Rydberg (Plymouth - WHL) to their junior teams.

Atlantic Division

-The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent forward Nazem Kadri (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $5.8 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $1.72 million, Kadri's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.72 million. Kadri, 22, appeared in 48 games last season and scored 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists).

-EN Says: Kadri made some waves this summer by holding out for a bigger deal. On the eve of training camp starting, he seems to have come to his senses and agreed to a "bridge" contract which presumably will get him to a larger contract in terms of length and money.  Kadri is a high-end talent.

-"Coming over to an organization is fun, you get to make a good first impression on teams and meet a bunch of new people and see how they work and compare to other organizations. It's been an interesting path, but it's always a shock, definitely." - Bruins defenseman prospect Joe Morrow on being traded twice this calendar year. Morrow, the Penguins' first-round pick in 2011, was dealt to the Stars last season in exchange for Brenden Morrow. This past offseason, he was traded by the Stars to the Bruins.

-“It’s not what it used to be but at the same time it’s better than I thought it would be. I’ve been able to do the things I normally do doing the summer and only time can tell.” - Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury suffered in Pittsburgh after a collision with former Penguins forward Matt Cooke Feb. 13.

-With forward Vincent Lecavalier gone, will forward Martin St. Louis take over as the Lightning's captain?

-Former Islanders forward Brad Boyes will attend the Panthers training camp on a tryout basis.

-According to ESPN, the Panthers are kicking the tires on unrestricted free agent goaltender Tim Thomas (right).

-The Panthers returned forward prospects Francis Beauvillier (Rimouski - QMJHL), Chris Clapperton (Blainville - QMJHL) and Alexander Delnov (Seattle - WHL) to their junior clubs.

-Former Blue Jackets forward Colton Gillies will attend the Sabres' training camp on a tryout basis.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks agreed to a two-year contract extension with general manager Stan Bowman. Bowman has directed the Blackhawks to two Stanley Cup championships (2010 and 2013).

-Unsigned restricted free agent defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will not attend the start of Blues training camp.

-“People are going to talk about it. It’s inevitable. How many coaches last more than two years in this league? I’m not going to get caught up in that stuff because I’m focused on what’s real, and I know that this team has gotten better and I know that I’ve gotten better as a coach and I know that my best years are still ahead of me.” - Wild coach Mike Yeo, a former Penguins assistant, on entering the final year of his current contract.

Pacific Division

-Former Penguins forward prospect Keven Veilleux, a 2nd-round pick in 2007, will attend the Coyotes' training camp.

Norris Division

-Remembering Kings scouts Garnet "Ace" Bailey and Mark Bavis (as well countless others) 12 years later:

(Photos: Kobasew-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Kadri-Abelimages/Getty Images; Thomas-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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