Empty Netter Assists - 05-27-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Is Tom Fitzgerald (above) a candidate to replace Ray Shero as general manager?

-How much freedom will the Penguins' next general manager have to operate?

-What is goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry's future with the Penguins?

-Former Penguins defenseman the great Martin Skoula has joined Bili Tygri Liberec of the ELH in the Czech Republic.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Richard Park. The second native of South Korea to play for the Penguins as well as in the NHL (Jim Paek being the first), Park was a second round pick in 1994 and spent parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh over two stints. He made his NHL debut in 1994-95 by appearing on one game and recording one assist. He played in three playoff games that postseason and failed to record a point. In 1995-96, he played in 56 games and recorded 10 points. During that postseason, he played in one game and did not score a point. He appeared in one game in 1996-97 before being dealt to the Mighty Ducks at the trade deadline in exchange for Roman Oksiuta. After bouncing between the Mighty Ducks, Flyers, Wild, Canucks, Islanders and HC Geneve-Servette of Switzerland's NLA, Park returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2011 offseason. In 54 regular season games during the 2011-12, Park scored 14 points. He appeared in two postseason games and recorded one assist. During the 2012 offseason, he joined Ambrì-Piotta of Switzerland's NLA. In 112 regular season games with the Penguins, Park has scored 25 points. In six postseason games, he has recorded one assist.


-Happy 74th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ed Van Impe. An all-star with the Flyers during their "Broad Street Bullies" days, Van Impe came to the Penguins late in the 1975-76 season along with Bobby Taylor in a deal which sent Gary Inness and cash to Philadelphia. He spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1975-76 by appearing in 12 games and recording five assists. He appeared in all three of the team's playoff games and netted one assist. In 1976-77, he was limited to 10 games and three assists and retired in midseason.


-After the Jump: The Kings move within a win of the Stanley Cup Final and the Capitals get new bosses.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-“It’s a challenge, but this isn’t something that can’t be done." - Canadiens captain/forward Brian Gionta on the prospect of a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

-Rangers forward J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, did not travel to Montreal for tonight's Game 5 due to a suspected arm injury.

Blackhawks - Kings

-Drew Doughty and former Penguins defensive prospect Jake Muzzin each had a goal and an assist for the Kings in a 5-2 win against the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. Fire Ray Shero. Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams each recorded two assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 22 saves. The Kings lead the series, 3-1.

-Check out this forecheck by Kopitar which led to a deflection goal for Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik:

-Quick was all over this puck:

-Chicago's Marcus Kruger and Quick each kept an eye on this puck:

-"We're still alive in this series — no time to feel sorry for ourselves. Teams have come back from this situation — even this group. That belief and that confidence have to be there. We just have to go do it. It's not just one guy, it's not two guys, it's got to be everybody." - Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews.

Non-Playoff Stuff
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-The Capitals promoted Brian MacLellan from assistant general manager to senior vice president and general manager and hired Barry Trotz as head coach. MacLellan has been involved with the Capitals in various capacities since 2000. Trotz spent the past 15 seasons with the Predators and has a 557-479-60-100 career record.

-EN Says: When the Capitals fired former general manager George McPhee last month, owner Ted Leonsis said he wanted “fresh set of eyes and new voice." So of course they promoted someone who has been with the franchise for parts  of two decades. MacLellan might be a fine general manager but this is an underwhelming move. Regarding Trotz (right), this hiring was rumored for a few days. He's a disciplined, defensive coach coming to a team which which hasn't had much of that in the past five-plus years. It will be interesting to see how Trotz's structured approach is adopted by the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and others.

Atlantic Division

-The Sabres re-signed forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.25 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $608,333, Deslauriers' new contract will have a cap hit of $637,500. In 17 games last season, he had one assist.

Adams Division

-Former Hurricanes/Panthers forward Jon Matsumoto has joined the Schwenninger Wild Wings of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Chris Carlson/Associated Press, Harry How/Getty Images and Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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