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Empty Netter Assists - 07-01-14

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Penguins

-We will be holding a chat regarding free agency starting today around noon. Tune in later.

-Who are some of the unrestricted free agent forwards the Penguins will take a look at to fill out their bottom six forward roles?

-The Penguins extended qualifying offers to all six of their restricted free agents; Forwards Brandon Sutter, Nick Spaling, Jayson Megna Bobby Farnham, defensemen Simon Despres (above) and Philip Samuelsson.

-"When you don’t win, change is needed and that’s why things are changing in that organization." - Predators forward James Neal on his former team, the Penguins.

-"I don’t think I could have really dreamed it any better being taken by my hometown team." - Forward Sam Lafferty, a native of Hollidaysburg, on being drafted by the Penguins.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Jarome Iginla. Acquired prior to last season's trade deadline in a deal which sent forwards Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a draft pick, Iginla appeared in 13 games for the Penguins in 2012-13 and scored 11 points. Iginla saw action in 15 postseason games last spring and scored 12 points. He joined the Bruins as a free agent last offseason.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Eastwood. A free agent signing in the 2003 offseason, Eastwood spent one season with the Penguins. In 2003-04, he appeared in all 82 of the team's games and recorded 19 points. He retired in 2004.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Devils placed defenseman Anton Volchenkov on waivers with the intention of using a compliance buyout on the remainder of his contract.

-The Devils re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Adam Larsson to a one-year contract worth $900,000. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $925,000, Larsson, 21, appeared ni 26 games last season and scored three points (one goal, two assists).

-EN Says: Larsson (right) is a former first-round pick (No. 4 overall in 2011) who hasn't quite worked out yet. This is a prove-it contract for Larsson to show he has a place with this team at the NHL level.

-The Flyers made qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn, defensemen Brandon Manning and Erik Gustafsson. They did not extend a qualifying offer to goaltender Cal Heeter.

-Will Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden, formerly of the Penguins, make a pitch to Brooks Orpik or Matt Niskanen?

Atlantic Division

-The Canadiens acquired forward P.A. Parenteau from the Avalanche in exchange for forward Daniel Briere and a fifth-round pick in 2015. Parenteau, 31, had two years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million. In 55 games last season, Parenteau had 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists). Briere, 36, has one year remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million. In 69 games last season, Briere had 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists).

-EN Says: We really like this move for the Canadiens. They bring in in a younger, more productive player at a position they have a hole at. With captain Brian Gionta expected to leave as a free agent, Parenteau can fill in on the right wing of one of the top two lines. Parenteau (6-foot-0, 193 pounds) isn't overly large and can be knocked off the puck, but he's larger than Briere (5-foot-10, 175 pounds). While Briere did have some key moments for the Canadiens in the postseason, he was mostly unproductive in regular season play. Additionally, as a center, he was stuck behind other players on a team with solid depth at the position. For Colorado, Briere is insurance if pending unrestricted free agent forward Paul Stastny leaves the teams.

-“You’re never ready for it. You’re never expecting it so yeah, you’re a little bit blown away." - Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges on general manager Marc Bergevin asking him to wave is no-trade clause.

-The Canadiens extended qualifying offers to forwards Joonas Nattinen, Lars Eller and defenseman P.K. Subban. They did not extend a qualifying offer to forward Ryan White.

-The Maple Leafs placed defenseman Tim Gleason (right) on waivers with the intention of using a normal buyout on the remainder of his contract.

-One year after signing with the Bruins, Iginla appears set to become an unrestricted free agent once again.

-The Sabres did not extend qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Cory Conacher and defenseman Jamie McBain.

-The Panthers officially used a compliance buyout on the remainder of captain/defenseman Ed Jovanovski's contract. The move will spare the Panthers Jovanovski's salary cap hit of $4.125 million.

-The Red Wings issued qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Landon Ferraro, Mitch Callahan, Andrej Nestrasil, defensemen Danny DeKeyser and Adam Almquist. Forward Cory Emmerton was among those who did not receive a qualifying offer.

-The Lightning issued qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Richard Panik, Brett Connolly, Cody Kunyk and Philippe Paradis, defensemen Andrej Sustr and Dmitry Korobov. It did not issue qualifying offers to defenseman Keith Aulie or goaltender Anders Lindback.

Central Division

-The Jets re-signed former Penguins forward Chris Thorburn to a three-year contract worth a total of $3.6 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $866,667, Thorburn's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.2 million. Thorburn, 31, appeared in 51 games last season and scored 11 points (two goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: This is a questionable contract given Thornburn's  (right) age and his style of play. Never shy about dropping the gloves or throwing a big hit, he doesn't spare himself much wear and tear. This is a sizeable commitment to a player on the wrong side of 30.

-The Stars issues qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Cody Eakin, Scott Glennie, Antoine Roussel, defensemen Brenden Dillon and Cameron Gaunce. Former Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey was among those who did not get a qualifying offer.

-The Wild issued qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Nino Niederreiter, Jason Zucker, Justin Fontaine, defenseman Jonathon Blum and goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Defenseman Tyler Cuma did not receive an offer.

-The Oilers gave Todd Nelson, head coach of their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, a three-year contract extension. A former Penguins forward, he was considered a candidate for their recently vacant head coaching position.

Pacific Division

-The Kings re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Jeff Schultz to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.7 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $700,000, Schultz's new deal will have a cap hit of $850,000. Schultz, 28, appeared in 67 games last season and scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists).

-EN Says: This is a depth signing. Schultz is a No. 6 or 7 defenseman on this team and has filled in competently when injuries have set in. With the team expected to lose defenseman Willie Mitchell to free agency, it might have to rely on Schultz even more.

-The Kings tendered qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Andy Andreoff, Dwight King (right), goaltender J.F. Berube, and defenseman Brayden McNabb.

-The Flames extended qualifying offers to defensemen Chad Billins Mark Cundari, forwards Lance Bouma, Joe Colborne, Ben Hanowski and goaltender Joni Ortio. Forwards Paul Byron and T.J. Galiardi, were among those not given qualifying offers.

-The Sharks extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent defenseman Jason Demers, Taylor Doherty, Matt Tennyson, forwards James Sheppard, Tommy Wingels and goaltender Harri Sateri.

-The Ducks re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Igor Bobkov to a one-year two-way contract.

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