Empty Netter Assists - 06-15-14

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-The NHL's compliance buyout window opens Monday and runs until June 30.

-Which members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins saw their stock tumble this past season?

-Former Penguins defenseman Jay McKee (right) was hired as an assistant coach with the OHL's Erie Otters.

Playoff Stuff
Kings - Rangers

-Kings forward Jeff Carter and defenseman Drew Doughty became the seventh and eighth players to win an Olympic gold medal (with Canada) and the Stanley Cup in the same season.

-Kings defenseman Alec Martinez became the first Michigan-born player to score a Stanley Cup-clinching goal.

-A decade after losing the Stanley Cup final with the Flames, Kings defenseman Robyn Regher finally won the title.

-“There is a buzz around town. So many kids are playing hockey now that there is a shortage of ice time. What is cool about the fan base is they might never have played, but they’re now hooked." - Kings executive and former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille on the growth of hockey in Southern California in the wake of the Kings winning the Stanley Cup twice in three seasons.

-Rangers general manager Glen Sather will have a busy offseason.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Hurricanes general manager and former Penguins captain Ron Francis has been taking it slow and steady with finding a new head coach.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens signed head coach Michel Therrien (right) to a four-year contract extension. The former Penguins head coach has one year remaining on his current deal and his new contract is scheduled to run through the 2018-19 season. In the past two seasons, Therrien has directed the Canadiens to a 75-42-13 record and led them to the Eastern Conference final this past season.

-EN Says: A four-year extension for any coach, let alone one who has a history of burning himself out pretty quickly, is a curious move. Rarely are coaches even given three-year extensions. That said, the Canadiens are light years ahead of where they were two years ago prior to Therrien returning to Montreal. He has earned this contract.

-The Red Wings signed undrafted free agent forward Tomas Nosek to a two-year, entry-level contract.

-According to ESPN Boston, the Bruins have had "ongoing talks" with pending unrestricted free agent forward Jarome Iginla.

Central Division

-Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman says he plans on having franchise forwards Patrick Kane (right) and Jonathan Toews signed to long-term contract extensions before July 1.

-According to the Denver Post, the Avalanche will not host an outdoor game in 2014-15.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks acquired forward Louis Leblanc from the Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2015. Leblanc, a first-round pick in 2009, appeared in eight NHL games this past season and had no points.

-Former Penguins assistant coach Troy Ward was fired as head coach of the Abbotsford Heat, the Flames' AHL affiliate.

Smythe Division

-Former Stars forward Jere Lehtinen was named genera manager of Finland's national team.

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