Empty Netter Assists - 09-21-13

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-Derrick Pouliot is still very much a work in progress.

-What are Chuck Kobasew's chances of making the roster?

-The Penguins' lineup for today's game against the Blue Jackets: (PG+)

Forwards - Craig Adams, Chris Conner, Matt D'Agostini, Pascal Dupuis, Tanner Glass, Dustin Jeffrey, Jussi Jokinen (right), Chuck Kobasew, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Zach Sill, Brandon Sutter, Harry Zolnierczyk.

Defensemen - Robert Bortuzzo, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi.

Goaltenders -  Marc-Andre Fleury, Jeff Zatkoff.

-The Blue Jackets' roster:

Forwards - Cam Atkinson, Jared Boll, Michael Chaput, Ryan Craig, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Marian Gaborik, Boone Jenner, Ryan Johansen, Mark Letestu, Derek MacKenzie, Jack Skille, R.J. Umberger.

Defensemen - Tim Erixon, Jack Johnson, Ilari Melart, Ryan Murray, David Savard, Fedor Tyutin, Will Weber.

Goalies -  Sergei Bobrovsky, Jeremy Smith.

-Dan Bylsma took over the Pirates' Twitter account last night:

-"I've actually got a few offers that I'm mulling over at the moment. It's a tough marketplace, they’re not the biggest offers or what I had been hoping for, but at this point I just want to get playing again. So I'm mulling over these offers." - Former Penguins forward Brenden Morrow on being a free agent as training camps are ongoing.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward and current television broadcaster Bob Errey (right). A first-round pick in 1983 (No. 15 overall), "The Bibster" spent parts of ten seasons with the Penguins as a player. As a rookie in 1983-84, Errey played in 65 games and scored 22 points. After being limited to 16 games and two assists in 1984-85, Errey rebounded a bit in 1985-86 by appearing in 37 games and scoring 17 points. Errey broke through somewhat in 1986-87 when he saw action in 72 games and netted 34 points. Injuries limited him to 17 games and nine points in 1987-88. Errey's most prolific season was in 1988-89 when he played in 76 games and established career-highs in goals (26), assists (32) and points (58). He also helped the team reach the postseason for the first time in seven years. In 11 playoff games, he contributed three points. He followed that up in the 1989-90 by scoring 20 goals and 39 points in 78 games. In 1991-92, Errey played in 79 games and once again scored 20 goals while collecting 42 points overall. In the 1991 postseason, appeared in all 24 of the team's games, scored seven points and helped the franchise capture its first Stanley Cup title. He appeared in 78 games in 1991-92 and contributed 35 points. In the postseason, he was limited to 14 games and three goals, but collected a Stanley Cup ring for the second consecutive season. After 54 games and 14 points in 1992-93, Errey was dealt to the Sabres in exchange for Mike Ramsey. In 572 regular season games with the Penguins (ninth-most in franchise history), Errey scored 272 points, 25th-most in Penguins history. In 49 postseason games, he collected 13 points. After retiring as a player in 1999, Errey returned to Pittsburgh as a radio broadcaster and eventually became a color commentator for FSN Pittsburgh in 2003.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Gord Dineen. Acquired midway through the 1988-89 season along with Scott Bjugstad in a deal which sent Ville Siren and Steve Gotaas to the Minnesota North Stars, Dineen spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1988-89 by appearing in 38 games for the Penguins and contributing three points. In 11 postseason games that spring, Dineen recorded two assists. In 1989-90, Dineen played in 69 games and scored nine points. Injuries limited him nine games in 1990-91 and one contest in 1991-92. He failed to record a point in either season. In the 1992 offseason, he joined the expansion Ottawa Senators as a free agent. In 117 regular season games with the Penguins, Dineen scored 12 points. He currently serves as an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Troy Loney (right). A third-round pick in 1982, Loney, considered one of the toughest players in franchise history, spent parts of 10 seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1983-84, Loney saw action in 13 games and failed to score a point. He followed that up in 1984-85 by playing in 46 games and scoring 18 points. In 1985-86, Loney saw action in 47 games scored 12 points. Loney would spent most of 1986-87 with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, but appeared in 23 NHL games and scored 15 points. He would break through in 1987-88 by playing in 65 games, netting 18 points and recording 151 penalty minutes. In 1988-89, he appeared in 69 games, scored 16 points and recorded 165 penalty minutes. In that spring's postseason, Loney played in 11 game and contributed four points. Loney would reach a career-high in points (26) and penalty minutes (168) after appearing in 67 games in 1989-90. Loney was limited to 44 games and 16 points in the 1990-91 regular season, but in the postseason, he appeared in all 24 games, scored four points and got his name on the Stanley Cup. He rebounded in 1991-92 as he saw action in 76 games, scored 26 points and racked up 127 penalty minutes. He once against played in every postseason game (21) and chipped in nine points as the team won the Cup for the second consecutive season. Loney would establish a career-high in 1992-93 by playing in 82 games and recorded 21 points. In 10 playoff games that spring, he recorded five points. During the 1993 offseason, he was claimed by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the expansion draft. In 532 games with the Penguins (12th-most in franchise history), Loney scored 169 points (45th-most) and recorded 980 penalty minutes (second-most). In 66 playoff games with the Penguins, Loney scored 22 points.

-After the Jump: The Flyers pay Matt Read and the Flames name a new captain.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Flyers signed forward Matt Read to a four-year contract extension worth a total of $14.5 million. Entering the final year of an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $900,000, Read's new deal will have a cap hit of $3.625 million. Read, 27, appeared in 42 games last season and scored 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists).

-EN Says: Read is a versatile player who can play all three forward positions and both end of the ice. Additionally, he has a 20-goal season on his resume. He has earned this contract.

-Devils forward Mattias Tedenby is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-Will the Islanders try to re-sign forward Matt Moulson who is entering the final year of his contract?

Atlantic Division

-Valtteri Filppula recorded three assists for the Lightning which edged the Blues, 4-3.

-The aim of Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback was a bit off:


-A goal by PK Subban helped the Canadiens beat the Hurricanes, 6-0.


-Canadiens defensemen Davis Drewiske (shoulder) and Francis Bouillon ("lower body") are dealing with injuries. Drewiske will be sidelined one to four weeks while Bouillon is considered day to day.

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was given medical clearance to resume playing. He has been recovering from rib, shoulder and lung injuries suffered in last season's playoffs.

-“I like it. As a defenseman it protects me. I know it’s going to be hard for linesmen because they have to make a lot of judgment calls and I’m sure they’re going to take a lot of heat from coaches, but that’s the game. And if you can protect the players as far as I’m concerned you’re making the right call.” - Senators defenseman Marc Methot on hybrid icing.

-Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier is dealing with a knee injury which was caused by new equipment.

-The Sabres assigned forwards Colin Jacobs, Eric Locke, Johnny McGuire, Jonathan Parker, Frederick Roy, Kevin Sundher, Shawn Szydlowski, defensemen Nick Crawford, Alex Lepkowski, Matt MacKenzie, goaltenders Connor Knapp and Nathan Lieuwen to Rochester of the AHL and returned defenseman Brady Austin (Belleville - OHL) and forward Peter Trainor (Rimouski - QMJHL) to their junior teams.

-Undrafted defenseman Andrej Sustr, who has attended prospect development camps with the Penguins, has found a home with the Lightning.

-Lightning forward Teddy Purcell is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

Central Division

-Antoine Roussel scored two goals for the Stars in a 4-1 win against the Panthers.

-A shootout goal by captain Jonathan Toews gave the Blackhawks a 5-4 win against the Capitals.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Washington's Nicklas Backstrom:

-Check out the effort by Chicago's Jeremy Morin on this goal:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish by Washington's Jason Chimera to set up Eric Fehr for a goal:

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Washington captain Alex Ovechkin:

-A good look at Toews beating Washington's David Leggio in the shootout:

-An overtime goal by Ryan O'Reilly gave the Avalanche a 4-3 win against the Kings.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this effort by O'Reilly on his score:

-Colorado's Calvin Pickard and Los Angeles' Ben Scrivens getting in some pregame stretching:

-Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick in this year's draft, is dealing with a hip injury.

-The Jets assigned forwards John Albert, Austen Brassard, Jason Jaffray, J.C. Lipon, Kael Mouillierat, Blair Riley, defenseman Brenden Kichton, Will O’Neill, Cody Sol and goaltender Jussi Olkinuora to St. John's of the AHL and released defenseman Ian White from a professional tryout.

-The Blackhawks assigned goaltender Mac Carruth to Rockford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-An overtime goal by former Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy gave the Ducks a 3-2 win against the Sharks. Fire Ray Shero.

-Sharks forward Raffi Torres left the game in the second period due to a suspected right knee injury.

-The Flames named defenseman Mark Giordano the 19th captain in franchise history. Forwards Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross will serve as alternate captains.

(Photos: Jokinen-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Errey and Loney-Penguins Hockey Cards; Lightning/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Capitals-Nick Wass/Associated Press; Kings/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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