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Empty Netter Assists - 07-12-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins signed forward Kasperi Kapanen, their first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Penguins announced their development camp roster.

-Happy 64rd birthday to former Penguins goaltender and former goaltending coach Gilles Meloche (right). Acquired in the 1985 offseason in a deal which sent Marty McSorley, Tim Hrynewich and Craig Muni to the Oilers, Meloche spent the final three seasons of his 18-year NHL playing career with the Penguins. Platooning with Roberto Romano in 1985-86, Meloche appeared in 34 games and had a record of 13-15-5 with a 3.59 goals against average and .881 save percentage. In 1986-87, Meloche took over as the team's primary starter as he saw action in 43 games. He had a record of 13-19-7 with a 3.43 goals against average and .881 save percentage. His final season in the NHL was 1987-88 as he only appeared in 27 games and compiled an 8-9-5 record with a 4.09 goals against average and .868 save percentage. He retired in the 1987 offseason having appeared in 104 games for the Penguins with a record of 34-43-17, a 3.65 goals against average and .878 save percentage. Meloche rejoined the organization in 1989 with a front office role and eventually moved into a position as goaltending coach. He is currently a scout with the team. A member of all three of the franchise's Stanley Cup championship teams, Meloche is the father of former Penguins forward Eric Meloche.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Blue Jackets signed forward Brandon Dubinsky (right) to a six-year contract worth a total of $35.1 million. Entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $4.2 million, Dubinsky's new deal will have a cap hit of $5.85 million. Dubinsky, 28, appeared in 76 games last season and scored 50 points (16 goals, 34 assists).

-EN Says: Dubinsky was a big part of the Blue Jackets' surge last season which saw them reach the postseason for on the second time in franchise history. He plays a pretty rambunctious brand of two-way hockey and can be counted on to clamp down on any opposing center in the NHL. Him committing to the Blue Jackets long term is significant. That said, he is approaching 30 and he will be 34 by the time this deal expires. The way he plays doesn't spare his body much wear and tear. For a franchise with limited financial resources, this is a somewhat questionable signing.

-The Hurricanes are considering re-signing free agent forward Chad LaRose after he sat out the 2013-14 season.

Atlantic Division

-The Lightning signed former Penguins forward Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract worth a total of $1.55 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.5 million, Morrow, 35, appeared in 71 games last season and scored 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists).

-EN Says: At this stage of his career, Morrow (right) is a bottom-six forward. Injuries and age have sapped the meager speed he did have earlier in his career. For a younger team like the Lightning, he offers quite a few intangibles as a veteran who has been a captain and can fill in with the top six forwards from time to time.

-The Lightning re-signed restricted free agent forwards Richard Panik and Philippe Paradis to a one-year two-way contracts.

-The Maple Leafs hired former Panthers head coach Peter Horachek as an assistant coach.

-The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent forward Jamie Devane to a two-year two-way contract.

-The Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Thomas McCollum to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-The Stars re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Wild re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jonathan Blum to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not reported.

-The Wild signed former Canucks forward Jordan Schroeder to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not reported.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes re-signed unrestricted free agent forward David Moss (right) to a one-year contract worth a total $800,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.1 million, Moss, 32, appeared in 79 games last season and scored 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists).

-EN Says: Moss is a role player who fits in well under head coach Dave Tippett's system.

-The Ducks signed former Canadiens forward Louis Leblanc to a one-year two-way contract.

Patrick Division

-Former Flyers/Blackhawks/Thrashers/Sharks/Oilers forward Ben Eager has joined CSKA Moskva of Russia's KHL.

-Former Senators forward Stéphane Da Costa has joined CSKA Moskva.

-Former Maple Leafs/Thrashers forward Tim Stapleton has joined Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Christian Petersen/Getty Images, Gregory Shamus/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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