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Empty Netter Assists - 07-13-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-“It was kind of cool to hear his voice and meet him over the phone. Heard a lot of good stories about him and his personality, so I can’t wait to see that every day.” - Capitals defenseman and former Penguin Matt Niskanen (right) on receiving a "welcome-to-the-team" phone call from captain/forward Alex Ovechkin after signing with Washington.

-"I was a little disappointed that it's not the right way to welcome somebody to a new team and a new city, a guy who has been in the league a long, long time." - Capitals owner Ted Leonsis on the negative reaction fans and media have given to the signing of former Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.

-The Islanders re-signed restricted free agent forward Anders Lee and defenseman Aaron Ness to one-year two-way contracts.

Atlantic Division

-The Sabres signed forward Sam Reinhart, their first-round pick (No. 2 overall) in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Sabres signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract. Acquired from the Jets in exchange for a draft pick, Samuel-Thomas was selected by the Thrashers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.

Central Division

-“I wanted to go to St. Louis. That was my No. 1 spot. I told my agent, ‘Listen, let’s make this work any which way we can.’ My heart was already locked up with St. Louis. I’m happy that my family and myself, we’re where we wanted to be. That was my No. 1 thing, to be a Blue again.” - Blues forward Steve Ott on re-signing with St. Louis.

Pacific Division

-The Flames re-signed restricted free agent forward Ben Hanowski, a former Penguins prospect, to a one-year two-way contract.

(Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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