Empty Netter Assists - 06-18-14

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-Jim Rutherford begins interviewing head coaching candidates.

-The Wheeling Nailers announced their 2014-15 schedule.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Boris Valabik has joined Saryarka Karaganda of Russia's VHL.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Denis Herron. A third-round pick in the 1972 draft, Herron spent parts of 10 seasons with the Penguins over three different stints. His rookie season of 1972-73 saw him appear in 18 games and put up a 6-7-2 record with two shutouts and a 3.41 goals against average. The 1973-74 campaign was decidedly less successful as he compiled a meager 1-3-0 record and a 4.15 goals against average in only five games. After three games, a 1-1-0 record and 6.11 goals against average in 1973-75, Herron was traded to the Kansas City Scouts along with Jean-Guy Lagace in exchange for Michel Plasse. Following two seasons in Kansas City, Herron returned to Pittsburgh as a free agent in the 1976 offseason. The 1976-77 season saw him go 15-11-5 with a 2.94 goals against average, one shutout and lead the Penguins to a playoff berth. During that spring's postseason, Herron (right) had a 1-2 record with a 3.67 goals against average. In 1977-78, he has had a losing record of 20-25-15 with a 3.57 goals against average and made 1,920 saves, a mark which remains a franchise record. He rebounded in 1978-79 by going 22-19-12 with a 3.37 record and once again led the team to the playoffs where he went 2-5 with a 3.42 goals against average. In the 1979 offseason, he was traded the Canadiens along with a draft pick for Pat Hughes and Rob Holland. After spending three seasons in Montreal and earning a Stanley Cup ring, the Vezina and Jennings Trophies, Herron once again returned to the Penguins in the 1982 offseason when the Canadiens traded him back to Pittsburgh for a draft pick. In 1982-83, Herron saw action in 31 games, went 5-18-5 with a 5.31 goals against average with one shutout. During 1983-84, Herron appeared in 38 games, had an 8-24-2 record with a 4.08 goals against average and one shutout. His final full NHl season was 1984-85. He played in 42 games, went 10-22-3 with a 4.65 goals against average and one shutout. He was limited to three games in 1985-86 and went 0-3-0 with a 4.67 goals against average. Herron was released in the 1986 offseason. Considered one of the more underrated players in franchise history, Herron appeared in 290 regular games with the Penguins, third-most in franchise history among goaltenders, and compiled a record of 88-133-44 with a 3.88 goals against average and six shutouts. In 10 postseason games, he was 3-7 with a 3.49 goals against average.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Doug Bodger (right). Along with Roger Belanger and some other guy, Bodger was one of three first-round picks for the Penguins in the 1984 draft. Bodger would spend parts of five seasons with the franchise. His rookie season in 1984-85 saw Bodger appear in 65 games and record 31 points. In 1985-86, Bodger played in 79 games and increased his points to 37. Bodger's progression continued in the 1986-87 campaign as he saw action in 76 games and led all Penguins defensemen with 49 points. He recorded a career high in goals (14) while scoring 45 points and playing in 69 games in 1987-88. He also scored 13 power-play goals, a mark which remains a franchise record for defensemen. After scoring five points in 10 games in 1988-89, Bodger was dealt to the Sabres along with Darrin Shannon in exchange for Tom Barrasso and a draft pick. In 299 games with the Penguins, Bodger recorded 167 points, 50th-most in franchise history and eighth-most among defensemen.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Devils re-signed forward Mike Sislo to a two-year, two-way contract.

Atlantic Division

-The Canadiens re-signed restricted free agent forward Dale Weise to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $750,000, Weise's new deal will have a cap hit of $1 million. Weise, 25, 61 games last season and scored 16 points (six goals, 10 assists).

-EN Says: Weise had a solid run in the playoffs having scored seven points in 16 games and proved to be a valuable contributor to a team which made it to the Eastern Conference final. He's a bottom-six forward who primarily brings energy. He's not afraid to throw a hit or drop the glove and will occasionally chip in some offense. This is a good contract.

-The Sabres placed forward Ville Leino (right) on waivers with the plans of using a compliance buyout on his contract.

-“For me, I still think it’s a part of the game. It is a part of the game until the league says otherwise. For me, it’s two guys get upset with each other and drop the gloves. That’s what happens out there. I’ve never really been one that has embraced staged fighting, if you will, and I think that’s going away. I’ve seen that diminish over the last few years, but in a heated battle, where maybe it was a carryover from another game, a carryover from another season or just something that happened earlier in that game or just at that moment, I still feel it’s part of the game.” - Bruins president Cam Neely on fighting.

Central Division

-The Stars officially used a compliance buyout on defenseman Aaron Rome's contract.

-The city of Nashville and Bridgestone Arena have submitted a bit to host an All-Star Lame Game.

Pacific Division

-The Kigns paid a visit to Dodger Stadium with the Stanley Cup last night:

-Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell posed for a photo with the Cup along with Rockies first baseman and former Pirate Justin Morneau:

-Fire Neal Huntington.

-The Sharks re-signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Alex Stalock ($3.2 million total) and forward Mike Brown ($2.4 million) to two-year contracts. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $625,000, Stalock's new deal will have a salary cap hit of $1.6 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $736,667, Brown's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.2 million.

-The Canucks placed forward David Booth on waivers with the intention of using a compliance buyout on his contract.

Calder Cup Playoff Stuff

-An overtime goal by Patrik Nemeth gave the Texas Stars a series clinching win in a 4-3 win against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 5 of the Calder Cup final. Texas won the series, 4-1. Former Penguins forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Toby Petersen are members of the Stars. Fire Ray Shero and Fire Craig Patrick.

Patrick Division

-The NHL is expected to only have two outdoor games next season.

-Former Red Wings/Black Hawks/Flyers defenseman Larry Zeidel died. He was 86.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Stephen Dunn/Getty Images, Kyusung Gong/The Orange County Register and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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