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Empty Netter Assists - 07-19-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins re-sign Simon Despres.

-The Penguins hired former right winger Mark Recchi (above) as a player development coach.

-There is no set timetable for forward prospect Oskar Sundqvist reaching the NHL.

-Tom Kuhnhackl hopes to join the other Germans on the Penguins' NHL roster.

-Assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald speaks:

-Former Penguins forward Matt D'Agostini has joined Genève-Servette of Switzerland's NLA.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Craig Muni. Originally acquired from the Sabres in exchange for cash Oct. 3, 1986, Muni was traded to the Oilers three days later to complete a deal which brought Gilles Meloche to the Penguins. Muni came back to the Penguins as a free agent prior to the 1996-97 season. He would appear in 64 games that campaign and recorded four assists. In the 1997 offseason, he joined the Stars as a free agent.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin (right). A third-round pick in 1995, Aubin spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. When Tom Barrasso struggled with injuries in 1998-99, Aubin made his NHL debut by appearing in 17 games and sporting a 4-3-6 record with a 2.22 goals against average, .908 save percentage and two shutouts. The 1999-2000 season was Aubin's finest in the NHL as he appeared in a team-high and career-high 51 games while going 23-21-3 with a 2.58 goals against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts. During the team's memorable 2000-01 season, Aubin (right) platooned most of the campaign with Garth Snow as he played in 36 games and had a record of 20-14-1 with a 3.13 goals against average and .890 save percentage. Aubin was relegated to back-up duty behind new starter Johan Hedberg in 2001-02 as he only saw action in 21 games and had a dreadful 3-12-1 record with a 3.56 goals against average and .879 save percentage. Aubin served as the team's third goaltender in 2002-03 behind Hedberg and rookie Sebastien Caron appearing in 21 games with a 6-13-0 record, 3.13. goals against average .900 saver percentage and one shutouts. Aubin's final season with the Penguins was 2003-04. He played in 22 games and had a record of 7-9-0 with a 2.98 goals against average, .908 save percentage and one shutout. During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Aubin joined St. John's, Toronto's AHL affiliate. In 168 career games with the Penguins, Aubin had a record of 63-72-11, a 2.92 goals against average, .901 save percentage and six shutouts. His win and shutout marks are the fifth-best totals in franchise history. He is currently a member of Ducs d'Angers of France's Ligue Magnus.

Atlantic Division

-The Panthers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $13 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million, Kulikov's new deal will have a cap hit of $4,333,333. Appearing in 81 games last season, Kulikov, 23, scored 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists).

-EN Says: Kulikov is a legit top-four defenseman who can play a fairly responsible 21 minutes a game and fill in on virtually every situation. A first-round pick in 2009, he hasn't truly reached his potential due in part to the constant turnover with Florida's management and coaching. This is a fair contract.

-The Bruins re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Zach Trotman to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.25 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $665,000, Trotman's new deal will have a cap hit of $625,000. Appearing in two NHL games last season, Trotman, 22, had no points.

-EN Says: Trotman is a puck-moving depth defenseman.

-The Bruins re-signed restricted free agent forward Craig Cunningham to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (right) revealed he suffered a broken right foot during the Western Conference final against the Kings.

-How will free agent forward Brad Richards fit in with the Blackhawks?

Pacific Division

-Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller underwent a minor procedure for appendicitis.

-The Coyotes signed forward Brendan Perlini, a first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

(Photos: Steve Babineau/Allsport, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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