Empty Netter Assists - 06-13-14

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-The Penguins hired former Hurricanes assistant general manager Jason Karmanos (right, with Jim Rutherford) as vice president of hockey operations. Karmanos, the son of Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr., is expected to work with analytics.

-EN Says: Like Rutherford, Karmanos was a big part of a Carolina team which failed to reach the postseason since 2009. His background with advanced statistics is intriguing but his recent history of failure is curious.

-Former Penguins forward Tomas Surovy has joined HC Slovan Bratislava of Russia's KHL.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Gilhen (right). Acquired in the 1989 offseason in a deal along with Jim Kyte and Andrew McBain in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to the Jets, Gilhen spent two seasons in Pittsburgh. The 1989-90 season saw him play in 61 games and record 16 points. In 1990-91, Gilhen appeared in 72 games and set career highs in goals (15) and points (25). Gilhen played in 16 games that postseason, scored one goal and helped the franchise earn its first Stanley Cup title. In the 1991 offseason, he was claimed by the North Stars through the expansion draft. In 133 regular season games with the Penguins, Gilhen scored 41 points.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Blair Chapman. A first-round pick in 1976, Chapman spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. Appearing in all 80 of the team's games in 1976-77, Chapman recorded 37 points as a rookie. During that spring's postseason, he contributed two points in three games. In 1977-78, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time by scoring 24 goals and 44 points in 76 games. After recording 18 points in 71 games during the 1978-79 regular season, he scored one goal in seven postseason games that spring. Chapman was traded after one game in 1979-80 to the Blues in exchange for Bob Stewart. In 227 games with the Penguins, Chapman scored 99 points, 86th-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he recorded four points.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Roche. A third-round pick in 1993, Roche spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1995-96, Roche appeared in 71 games and recorded 14 points. In the 1995 postseason, Roche appeared in 16 games and contributed nine points. The 1996-97 season saw Roche appear in 61 games and record 10 points as well as a team-high 155 penalty minutes. After spending the entire 1997-98 campaign with Syracuse of the AHL, Roche was traded in the 1998 offseason to the Flames along with Ken Wregget in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko. In 132 regular season games with the Penguins, Roche recorded 24 points.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Matt Bradley. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline in a deal which sent Wayne Primeau to the Sharks, Bradley missed the rest of 2002-03 due to a broken wrist. In 2003-04, he appeared in all 82 games and scored 16 points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, he signed with the Capitals.

Playoff Stuff
Kings - Rangers

-"I have confidence in this team in every aspect and every facet of hockey. And we'll be ready. We know what's at stake. We don't want to go back there. It's a long plane ride." - Kings forward Justin Williams on tonight's Game 5 in Los Angeles.

-“I think we’re due for a win in this building. We’ve done some good things in this building. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a win. We all know those two games could have gone either way.” - Rangers forward Martin St. Louis on tonight's Game 5 in Los Angeles.

-"I know that if we win [Friday night], they're definitely going to feel the pressure." - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on the Kings.

-"I haven’t been where I need to be this series, so my ice time has been lower." - Rangers forward Brad Richards being demoted to the fourth line.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-A broken wrist could sidelined Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov until late September. He was injured during May's IIHF World Championship tournament.

Central Division

-The Predators hired Ben Vanderklok as goaltending coach.

Pacific Division

-The Oilers re-signed minor league forward Steve Pinizzotto to a one-year contract. Terms were not reported.

(Photos: Sara Davis/Getty Images)

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