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Empty Netter Assists - 06-11-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Kip Miller (right). Claimed off waivers from the Islanders prior to the 1998-99 season, Miller spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Playing much of 1998-99 alongside Jaromir Jagr, Miller recorded a career-high 42 points in 77 games. During the 1999 postseason, he played in 13 games and contributed nine points. After appearing in 44 games and recording 19 points in 1999-2000, Miller was traded to the Mighty Ducks in exchange for a draft pick in January. He returned to the Penguins in the 2000 offseason as a free signing and saw action in 33 games in 2000-01 while scoring 11 points. In the 2001 offseason, Miller joined the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. A member of the renown Michigan State Miller family (brother Kevin also played with the Penguin), Kip Miller is one four former Hobey Baker Award (college hockey's Heisman Trophy) to have played for the Penguins (Brian Bonin, Bryan Holzinger and Jordan Leopold are the others.) In 154 games with the Penguins, Miller recorded 72 points.

-Today would've been the 45th birthday of former Penguins defenseman Bryan Fogarty. Acquired at the 1992 trade deadline in a deal which sent Scott Young to the Quebec Nordiques, Fogarty's Penguins' career amounted to 12 games and four assists in 1992-93. In the 1993 offseason, he signed with the expansion Tampa Bay Lighting. Fogarty who battled alcohol and drug addiction throughout his career, passed away March 6, 2002.

Playoff Stuff
Kings - Rangers

-"It's not going to happen that way. You don't want to get swept. You don't want to lose in front of your home fans." - Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (right) on potentially being swept tonight.

-“Excuse us if today we’re not real cheery. But tomorrow I can tell you we’re going to show up.” - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on trailing in the series, 3-0.

-Rangers forward Dan Carcillo is eligible to return to the lineup for tonight's Game 4 after having served a six-game suspension for abuse of an official.

-"I think with Darryl, you probably all realize this, it's mostly all business. There's not much toying around, playing around." - Kings forward Justin Williams on head coach Darryl Sutter.

-Could the Kings be a dynasty?

-Ticket prices for tonight's Game 4 dropped considerably.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Central Division

-The Blackhawks signed undrafted forward Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not reported.

Pacific Division

-Sharks forward Logan Couture (right) underwent surgery on a hand he injured during a fight in the first round of the postseason. He is expected to be ready for training camp in September.

-The Oilers hired former Sabres/Flyers/Thrashers head coach Craig Ramsay as an assistant coach.

Adams Division

-Former Maple Leafs/Blue Jackets forward Darryl Boyce has joined JYP of Finland Liiga.

(Photos: Al Bello/Getty Images, Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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