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Empty Netter Assists - 06-29-14

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Penguins

-The Penguins went heavy on forwards during the second day of the draft.

-The full draft round by round.

-Jim Rutherford (right) does not expect to re-sign any of his pending unrestricted free agents before Tuesday.

-"This is a very premier job, to be part of the Pittsburgh Penguins. You get a chance to coach some world-class players. It's a team that prides itself on excellence and winning. I lived here and played here and won a [Stanley] Cup." - Rick Tocchet on returning to the Penguins as an assistant coach.

-"You want to go after your top players but there’s also going to be cap restraints there. But it’s not as if we have to move players out because of our salary cap situation now." - Penguins associate general manager Jason Botterill.

-"I didn't have any expectations. I knew if it was going to happen, it was going to be toward the later rounds. I was just happy to be in consideration." - Union College defenseman Jeff Taylor on being drafted in the seventh round by the Penguins.

-Rutherford speaks:

-Botterill speaks:

-Penguins co-director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton speaks:

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Blue Jackets re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dalton Prout to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.15 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $666,667, Prout's new deal will have a salary cap hit of $1.075 million. In 49 games last season, Prout, 24, scored six points (two goals, four assists).

-EN Says: Prout developed into a reliable bottom-pairing defenseman last season. Not overly skilled, he offers size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) and a solid shot.

-In the fourth round, the Hurricanes selected defenseman Josh Wesley, son of former Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley.

-In the third round, the Capitals selected Nathan Walker, the first Australian-born player to be drafted by an NHL team.

Atlantic Division

-Senators captain/forward Jason Spezza rejected a potential trade to the Predators.

-The Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Roman Polak (right) from the Blues in exchange for defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and a fourth-round pick in yesterday's draft. Polak, 27, has two years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.75 million. In 72 games last season, he had 13 points (four goals, nine assists). Gunnarsson, 27, has two years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.15 million. The Maple Leafs will retain a small portion of his cap hit. In 80 games last season, he had 17 points (three goals, 14 assists).

-EN Says: This is a skill-for-grit deal. Polak is a big (6-foot-0, 238 pounds), physical defender who is one of the stronger players in the NHL. Gunnarsson is a puck-mover who can eat minutes, although it should be noted he recently underwent hip surgery.

-With the first pick of the second round, the Sabres selected forward Brendan Lemieux, son of former NHL forward Claude Lemieux.

-In the second round, the Bruins selected forward Ryan Donato, son of former Bruins forward Ted Donato.

-In the fifth round, the Canadiens selected forward Daniel Audette, son of former Canadiens forward Donald Audette.

-In the third round, the Red Wings selected forward Dominic Turgeon, son of former NHL all-star forward Pierre Turgeon.

Central Division

-"I have to think it makes us more attractive to the free-agent centers out there to have a guy like Neal to play with." - Predators general manager David Poile on trading for former Penguins right winger James Neal (right).

Pacific Division

-The Canucks acquired forward Linden Vey from the Kings in exchange for a second-round pick in yesterday's draft. Vey, 22, is a pending restricted free agent who is coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $790,000. In 18 games last season, he had five assists.

-EN Says: Vey has shown ability to produce at the AHL level but simply hasn't been able to get much of a chance with the Kings at the NHL level due to that team's depth. This deal will give him a chance in Vancouver.

-The Flames acquired Brandon Bollig from the Blackhawks in exchange for a third round pick in yesterday's draft. Bollig, 27, is entering the first year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.25 million. In 82 games last season, he had 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and recorded 92 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: This was a salary dump for the Blackhawks and for the Flames, they'll always have a place for players like Bollig as long as Brian Burke is in charge. Bollig is a fourth-liner who will drop the gloves and can occasionally chip in a point or two.

-In the second round, the Coyotes selected forward Ryan MacInnis, son of Hockey Hall-of-Fame defenseman Al MacInnis.

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