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Empty Netter Assists - 06-25-14

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Penguins

-Sidney Crosby (above) claimed the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award.

-Crosby accepting the Ted Lindsay Award:

-Crosby accepting the Hart Trophy:

-Crosby accepted the Hart Trophy from Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier:

-Crosby got a photo with fellow Cole Harbour, N.S. native Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche:

-All the voting totals.

-Mike Johnston of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks emerges as the top candidate to take over as the Penguins' head coach.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Greg Millen (right). A sixth-round pick in 1977, Millen spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1978-79, Millen appeared in 28 games and had a 14-11-1 record with a 3.37 goals against average and two shutouts. Millen took over as the team's full-time starter in 1979-80 and saw action in 44 games. He had a record of 18-18-7 with a 3.64 goals against average and two shutouts. In the playoffs, Millen had a 2-3 record and a 3.51 goals against average. In 1980-81, Millen played in 63 games and had a 25-27-10 record and 4.16 goals against average. During that season, appeared in 26 consecutive games, a mark which remains a franchise record for a goaltender. He once again went 2-3 in the postseason with a 3.51 goals against average. In the 1981 offseason, Millen signed with the Hartford Whalers as an unrestricted free agent. The Penguins had an opportunity to match the offer, but general manager Baz Bastien neglected to do so as he was on a golfing vacation. In 135 regular season games with the Penguins, Millen had a record of 57-56-18 with a 3.83 goals against average with four shutouts. In 10 postseason games, he had a 4-6 record with a 3.84 goals against average. Millen is currently a broadcaster with CBC.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Sebastien Caron (right). A third-round pick in 1999, Caron spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2002-03, Caron appeared in 24 games and recorded a dismal record of 7-14-2 but had impressive goals against average (2.64) and save percentage (.916) numbers as well as two shutouts. As a result, he was named to the NHL's all-rookie team. Caron spent the majority of the 2003-04 season as the Penguins' starter and appeared in 40 games. His record was 9-24-5 with a 3.74 goals against average and an .883 save percentage. Relegated to backup duty in 2005-06, Caron went 8-9-5 with a 3.98 goals against average and .881 save percentage. During that season, he suffered the first shootout loss in franchise history, a 3-2 loss at Carolina, Oct. 7, 2005. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with the Blackhawks. In 90 regular season games with the Penguins, Caron had a record of 24-47-12, a 3.49 goals against average, .892 save percentage and four shutouts. Caron spent most of last season with Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland before signing with the Flyers late in the regular season. He is currently a member of the Hamburg Freezers in Germany's DEL.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Rene Corbet. Acquired at the 2000 trade deadline along with Tyler Moss in a deal which sent Brad Werenka to the Flames, Corbet spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in four regular season games and scored one goal down the stretch of 1999-2000 and then played in seven playoff games that spring while scoring two points. In 2000-01, Corbet saw action in 43 games and recorded 17 points. During that season's playoffs, Corbet appeared in 17 of the Penguins' 18 games and scored one goal. He joined Adler Mannheim in Germany in the 2001 offseason.

-Happy 43rd birthday to Penguins assistant coach Todd Reirden.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Dominic Moore won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:

-Moore accepted the award from Stars forward Rich Peverley who had his season ended prematurely due to a heart condition:

-Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin was officially awarded the Maurice "Rocket Richard" Trophy:

-The Capitals officially hired Mitch Korn as a goaltending coach. He formerly held the same position with the Predators.

-The Hurricanes re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey to a three-year contract worth a total of $8.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2 million, Hainsey's new deal will have a cap hit of $2,833,333. Hainsey, 33, appeared in 82 games last seasons and scored 15 points (four goals, 11 assists).

Hainsey is a solid bottom-pairing defenseman who was forced into an elevated role last season due to the absence of Joni Pitkanen. While he didn't make anyone forget Pitkanen, Hainsey was solid as he averaged 21:26 per game and defensively responsible most nights. He won't put up gaudy  numbers or impress anyone with his physical play but he is generally positionally sound and is fairly durable. This is a fair contract.

-The Hurricanes re-signed restricted free agent forward Nathan Gerbe to a two-year contract worth a total of $3.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $550,000, Gerbe's new contract will have a salary cap hit of $1.75 million. Gerbe, 26, appeared in 81 games last season and scored 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists).

-EN Says: After having his contract bought out by the Sabres last offseason, Gerbe rebounded with a decent season in a primarily top-nine role. If he can stay motivated, he has a role on this team.

-The Hurricanes re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Chris Terry to a one-year two-way contract. In 10 NHL games last season, he had two assists.

-Devils forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr was on hand at the awards show because Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the universe he was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:

Atlantic Division

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward while teammate Tuuka Rask won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltenders.

-Rask with the Vezina Trophy:

Central Division

-Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith won the Norris Trophy:

-Avalanche coach Patrick Roy won the Jack Adams Award:

-Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy:

-Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:

-Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov should have won the Vezina Trophy for this tuxedo alone:

-Stars forward Jamie Benn became the first player in franchise history to be named to the NHL's first all-star team.

Pacific Division

-Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will be sidelined 10-12 weeks following wrist surgery.

-The Kings re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Matt Greene to a four-year contract worth a total of $10 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.95 million, Greene's new deal will have a cap hit of $2.5 million. Greene, 31, appeared in 38 games and scored six points (two goals, four assists).

-EN Says: The biggest question mark about this contact is the length and how it pertains to Greene's health. In the past two seasons combined, Greene has been limited to 43 regular season games. Greene's rough and tumble style doesn't spare his body much wear and tear nor does his advanced age. When healthy, he is a pretty stable bottom-pairing defenseman. If he can stay healthy, this is a fair contract.

-Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown (left) and forward Anze Kopitar showed up at the awards show with the most important trophy:

-Anaheim's Bob Murray won the general manager of the year award:

-Oilers captain and former Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference won the King Clancy Award:

-The Canucks have seen a drop in season ticket renewals this offseason.

Patrick Division

-In addition to being a top draft pick, NHL prospect Leon Draisaitl wants to grow hockey in his native Germany.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images, Ethan Miller/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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