Empty Netter Assists - 06-17-14

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-Jim Rutherford began holding interviews for the team's vacant head coaching position yesterday.

-The NHL's draft order for the first round is set. The Penguins will have the No. 22 pick in the first round.

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-The Rangers are expected to use a compliance buyout with forward Brad Richards.

-Rangers forward Dominic Moore, a pending unrestricted free agent, wants to remain in New York.

-Rangers forwards Brian Boyle and defenseman Anton Stralman, each also pending unrestricted free agents, don't sound quite as committed to returning.

-The Blue Jackets signed associate coach Craig Hartsburg, goaltending coach Ian Clark and development coach Chris Clark to contract extensions and hired Brad Larsen as an assistant coach.

-The Islanders promoted Dought Weight to assistant general manager. He will remain as an assistant coach as well. The team also hired Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum as assistant coaches.

-The Capitals promoted Ross Mahoney from director of amateur scouting to assistant general manager.

-The Capitals plan on making Braden Holtby (right) their No. 1 goaltender and to pursue a veteran to back him up.

Atlantic Division

-Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone entered a not guilty plea Monday at an arraignment related to charges of cocaine possession and and DUI. Malone, a native of Upper St. Clair, was arrested April 12.

-The Bruins announced they will not be re-signing pending unrestricted free agent forward Shawn Thornton.

-According to TSN, Senators forward Ales Hemsky, a pending unrestricted free agent forward, rejected a three-year, $10 million offer from the Senators and will test the free agent market.

-The Red Wings want to re-sign pending unrestricted free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (right).

Central Division

-The Stars placed defenseman Aaron Rome on waivers with the intent of buying out the last year remaining on his contract. Additionally, the team had pending unrestricted free agent forward Vernon Fiddler reject a contract offer.

-The Blackhawks will not re-sign pending unrestricted free agent forward Michal Handzus.

-The Predators renewed their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones.

Pacific Division

-The Kings held their parade for winning the Stanley Cup yesterday.

-Kings coach Darry Sutter was beaming with his family:

-Sutter went shirtless before the parade even began:

-Kings fans turned out for the parade:

-The newborn son of Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford didn't seem all that impressed with the proceedings:

-Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown had some help from his son in transporting the Stanley Cup:

-Brown (left), Justin Williams (center) and Anze Kopitar had a moment alone with their hardware:

-Bright times for Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik:

-Kings executive and former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille spoke at the rally:

-Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti got a little salty with his speech and dropped an f-bomb:

-The Kings posed with their new hardware:

-Later in the day, Kings defenseman Alec Martinez and forward Justin Williams drank a margarita out of the Stanley Cup on "Jimmy Kimmel Live:"

-Later in the show, New York mayor Bill DeBlasio paid up on a bet with Garcetti and sang Randy Newman's "I Love L.A.:"

-A look at what Kings general manager Dean Lombardi has to take care of this offseason.

-The Oilers signed free agent forward Iiro Pakarinen to a two-year, entry-level contract. He was a 2011 seventh-round pick of the Panthers in 2011.

(Photos: Rob Carr/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Dave Sandford/Getty Images, Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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