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Empty Netter Assists - 07-16-14

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Penguins

-Sidney Crosby (above) has opted against having surgery on his injured right wrist ... for now.

-The Penguins re-signed restricted free agent forward Bobby Fanham to a one-year two-way contract. Farnham, 25, appeared in 64 AHL games last season, scored 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and recorded 144 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: Farnham would see to possess the qualities the Penguins have sought for their beleaguered bottom-six forwards. He's a tenacious skater who likes to hit and has chipped in a few points. But he tends to cross the line way too much. He's a five-minute major waiting to happen.

-How much of an opportunity do defensive prospects Brian Dumoulin and Scott Harrington really have?

-Forward prospect Dominik Uher wants to add some strength because "you have to have something behind those chirps."

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Kasperi Kapanen speaks:

-Tristan Jarry speaks:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed defenseman Alex Boak and Clark Seymour to one-year AHL contracts.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Islanders re-signed restricted free agent forward Casey Cizikas to a two-year contract worth a total of $2 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $793,333, Cizikas' new deal will have a cap hit of $1 million. Appearing in 80 games last season, Cizikas, 23, scored 16 points (six goals, 10 assists).

-EN Says: Cizikas is a tenacious fourth-liner who can chip in on the penalty kill. This deal is a bit of a bargain.

-The Islanders re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Calvin de Haan (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $5.9 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $870,000, de Haan's new deal will have a cap hit of $1,966,667. Appearing in 51 games last season, de Haan, 23, scored 16 points (three goals, 13 assists).

-EN Says: A first-round pick in 2009, de Haan is part of the the Islanders' future. He needs to take a big step forward next season in order to live up to this deal. He's a puck-moving defenseman who needs to learn the defensive side of the game at the NHL level.

-The Capitals signed forward Jakub Vrana, a first-round pick in this year's draft, and goaltender Vitek Vanecek, a second-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Blue Jackets re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year contract worth a total of $600,000. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $900,000, Erixon, 23, appeared in two games last season and had no points.

-EN Says: With the Blue Jackets trading away Nikita Nikitin this offseason, there should be room at the NHL level for Erixon to land a role at the NHL level.

-The Devils re-signed restricted free agent forward Jacob Josefson. Financial terms were not reported.

-The Hurricanes hired former Flames assistant David Marcoux as goaltending coach.

Atlantic Division

-“When the Detroit position became available, I looked at the team, I looked at the staff. This is the organization that I want to be a part of. The way Mike has been able to get the most out of his players is something that I’ve admired." - Former Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato on joining the Red Wings in the the same capacity.

-Former Penguins defenseman Gord Dineen (right) was named head coach of the Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leaf's AHL affiliate.

-The Bruins signed forward David Pastrnak, a first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Panthers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dylan Olsen to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not reported. Olsen, 23, appeared in 44 games last season and scored 12 points (three goals, nine assists).

-The Panthers re-signed restricted free agent forward Garrett Wilson to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-The Predators signed former Coyotes forward Mike Ribeiro ($1.05 million) and former Blues forward Derek Roy ($1 million) to one-year contracts. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $5.5, Ribeiro (right), 34, appeared in 80 games last season and scored 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists). Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million, Roy, 31, appeared in 75 games last season and scored 37 points (nine assists, 28 assists).

-EN Says: This seems like a situation of desperate players hooking up with a desperate team. The Predators needed centers while Ribeiro and Roy each needed work. With Ribeiro, there is an element of risk even if he's just signed to a small deal. He was bought out by the Coyotes on his previous contract due to behavioral problems and was labeled a "mistake" by Arizona general manager Don Maloney. If he can straighten up, Ribeiro is still an extremely talented playmaker. It should be noted, while he did play with James Neal in Dallas, they were rarely linemates in five-on-five situations. Regarding Roy, he was at one time a regular 20-goal threat but those days are long gone. He still is a fairly reliable playmaker when healthy. Injuries have been his biggest issues in recent seasons. With the addition of Olli Jokinen as a free agent, the Predators have boosted their depth at center with some cheap signings

-"I had a chance to really focus on myself and really learn about myself. That's why I'm comfortable. What Mr. Maloney said – it shocked some people, my wife wasn't happy about it. I sat down, thought about it. I'm comfortable with myself now. I'm open with what happened or didn't happen with our marriage issues, and really I think I'm comfortable with it and not trying to hide it." - Ribeiro.

-"What you have to look at with him is three years of declining performance, and a whole bunch that goes into it. He's embarrassed by his performance and motivated by the opportunity. In these situations you have to weigh the risk and reward." - Predators general manager David Poile on signing Roy (right).

-The Predators signed forward Kevin Fiala, a first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Predators signed forward Viktor Arvidsson, a fourth-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (right) suffered a minor ankle injury while working out in Switzerland.

-The Wild re-signed restricted free agent forward Jason Zucker to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not reported. Zucker, 22, appeared in 21 games last season and scored five points (four goals, one assist).

-Why do the Blackhawks stress drafting college players?

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes re-signed restricted free agent forward Brandon McMillan to a one-year two-way contract and restricted free agent forward Jordan Szwarz to a two-year contract. Financial terms of Szwarz's deal were not reported.

-The Oilers re-signed restricted free agent forward Tyler Pitlick to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not reported.

Smythe Division

-Former Red Wings/Sabres/Thrashers forward Vyacheslav Kozlov has joined Atlant Mytishchi of Russia's KHL.

-Russian president Vladimir Putin awarded Mercedes Benz vehicles to each member of Russia's gold medal-winning team from this year's IIHF World Championship.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Leon Halip/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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