Empty Netter Assists - 06-19-14

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-Former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson (right) is believed to be one of eight candidates interviewed by Jim Rutherford for the team's vacant head coaching position.

-The Penguins released their preseason schedule:

Monday, Sept. 22 - vs. Red Wings, 7 p.m. (WPCW)
Tuesday, Sept. 23 - at Columbus, 7 p.m. (No television)
Thursday, Sept. 25 - vs. Wild, 7 p.m. (No television)
Saturday, Sept. 27 - vs. Blue Jackets, 4 p.m. (WPCW)
Monday, Sept. 29 - at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (Root Sports)
Wednesday, Oct. 1 - at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.  (Root Sports)

-Today would've been the 74th birthday of former Penguins forward Keith McCreary. Acquired from the Canadiens in the 1967 expansion draft, McCreary spent fives seasons with the Penguins. During the teams inaugural season of 1967-68, McCreary appeared in 70 games and scored 26 points. In 1968-69, McCreary once again played in 70 games and led the team with 25 goals while scoring a career-high 48 points. The 1969-70 season saw McCreary play in 60 games while scoring 26 points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in 10 games and recorded four points. The following season in 1970-71, McCreary once again led the team with 21 goals while scoring 33 points in 59 games. McCreary was limited to 33 games and eight points in 1971-72. He appeared in one postseason game that spring and failed to record a point. In the 1972 offseason, he was claimed by the Atlanta Flames in the expansion draft. In 292 games with the Penguins, McCreary, one of two players to wear No. 21 for the franchise - Michel Briere was the other - scored 141 points, 59th-most in franchise history. In 11 postseason games, he had four assists. He died, Dec. 8, 2003, at the age of 63.

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-The Flyers hired former defenseman Gord Dineen as an assistant coach.

Atlantic Division

-The Red Wings placed forward Jordin Tootoo on waivers with the intention of using a compliance buyout on his contract.

-Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed he will not re-sign unrestricted free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi (right).

-The Canadiens will retire the No. 5 of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Guy Lapointe next season.

-Six years after having his contract bought out, former forward Darcy Tucker's salary cap hit is finally off the Maple Leafs' books.

Central Division

-Stars forward Rich Peverly is working his way back from a heart condition which caused him to collapse on the bench during a game March 10.

-The Avalanche is bumping heads with restricted free agent forward Ryan O'Reilly after electing to take him to arbitration.

-What's the difference between "Blackhawks" and "Redskins?"

Pacific Division

-Former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma interviewed for the Canucks' vacant head coaching position.

-The Kings promoted John Stevens from assistant coach to associate coach while also re-signing assistant coach Davis Payne and goaltending coach Bill Ranford. Los Angeles denied other teams permission to speak with Stevens about vacant head coaching positions. Stevens was considered a candidate for the Penguins' position.

-Oilers captain and former Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference (right) was named winner of the NHL's King Clancy Memorial Trophy which recognizes leadership and humanitarian contributions.

(Photos: Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Dave Sandford/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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