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Empty Netter Assists - 06-20-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Jim Rutherford's coaching search is down to one name. Is it Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins (above)?

-Does Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes still stand a chance to land the NHL Penguins' head coaching job?

-The NHL revealed the full order for this month's draft. The Penguins' picks are:

No. 22 overall (First round)
No. 113 overall (Fourth round)
No. 145 overall (Fifth round)
No. 173 overall (Sixth round)
No. 203 overall (Seventh round)

-The NHL made changes regarding the free agent interview period which begins Wednesday. The league will allow teams and agents to discuss general parameters of contact prior to the July 1 free agent signing period.

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins forward Bill Thomas. A native of Fox Chapel, Thomas was a free agent signing in the 2008 offseason and appeared in 16 games while scoring three points for the Penguins in the 2008-09 season. Thomas left the team in the 2009 offseason joining the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. He spent this past season with Lake Erie of the AHL.  He is currently a member of Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward Jacques Cossette. A second-round pick in the 1974 draft, Cossette's entire three-year NHL career was spent in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 1975-76, he appeared in seven games and recorded two assists. After spending all of next season in Hershey of the AHL, Cossette appeared in 19 NHL games in 1977-78 and netted three points. The 1978-79 season saw Cossette play in 38 games and score nine points. He would never play in the NHL again. In 64 games with the Penguins, Cossette scored 14 points.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Hurricanes hired former Red Wings assistant coach Bill Peters as head coach. He replaces Kirk Muller who was fired May 5. Peters was considered a candidate for the Penguins' job.

-EN Says: Peters comes from Detroit so presumably, he's big on puck possession. It remains seen if the Hurricanes have the personnel to play like that Red Wings, but Peters will bring quite a bit of structure to a franchise sorely needing it.

Atlantic Division

-The Lightning re-signed restricted free agent forward Alex Killorn (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $5.1 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $875,000, Killorn's new deal will have a cap hit of $2.55 million. In 82 games last season, Killorn, 23, appeared in 82 games last season and scored 41 points (17 games, 24 assists).

-EN Says: Killorn got his first true shot at NHL action and produced at a respectable clip. He still has a little ways to go before he hits his ceiling. This is a fair contract.

-The Red Wings re-signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract. Exact financial terms of the contract were not reported. He is coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.5 million.

-EN Says: Gustavsson has settled in as a fairly reliable but hardly durable backup goaltender. His lack of durability probably played a role in him not getting a multi-year contract.

-The Senators re-signed restricted free agent forward Mike Hoffman to a one-year two-way contract.

-Geoff Ward resigned as assistant coach with the Bruins and was hired as head coach of the Mannheim Eagles in Germany's DEL.

Central Division

-The Avalanche re-signed restricted free agent forward Jamie McGinn (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $5.9 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.75 million, McGinn's new deal has a cap hit of $2.95 million. McGinn, 25, appeared in 79 games last season and scored 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists).

-EN Says: McGinn adapted well to new coach Patrick Roy's aggressive style of offense and came through with a solid 19 goals. He's capable of being a second liner but is probably best suited for third-line duties. If he can produce at a similar rate, this is a fair contract.

-Avalanche management is trying to re-sign pending unrestricted free agent forward Paul Stastny and restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly.

Pacific Division

-"I think the promotion, the confidence the organization has shown in me, they pulled me off the scrap heap and brought me out here four years ago, I feel indebted for that." - Kings associate coach John Stevens on his decision to stick with Los Angeles instead of pursuing a head coaching position.

-The Ducks will not offer contract to pending unrestricted free agent forwards Saku Koivu, Daniel Winnik and goaltender Jonas Hiller.

Norris Division

-Former Sharks/Panthers/Devils/Islanders/Capitals forward Viktor Kozlov has joined Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of Russia's KHL.

-Former Lightning defenseman Kevin Quick has joined the Dundee Stars of United Kingdom's EIHL.

(Photos: Harry How/Getty Images, Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images, Colin Peddle/AHL and Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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