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Empty Netter Assists - 07-20-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Rangers signed former Penguins forward Lee Stempniak (above) to a one-year contract worth $900,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million, Stempniak, 31, appeared in a total of 73 games last season and scored 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists). Acquired at the traded deadline last season, Stempniak played in 21 games for the Penguins and scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists).

-EN Says: Stempniak showed some flashes of his skill after joining the Penguins last season. He was an adequate fill-in on Sidney Crosby's line for the injured Pascal Dupuis but never seemed to fully lockdown a role on that line. Hardly a big, physical presence (5-foot-11, 196 pounds), Stempniak is a slick skater who can shoot the puck. Additionally, he can fill in on either special teams unit. This is a pretty good value for the Rangers.

-Troy Josephs, Matia Marcantuoni and Adam Payerl stood out as a line during yesterday's prospects scrimmage.

-Bill Guerin speaks:

-Kasperi Kapanen speaks:

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Capitals forward prospect Thomas DiPauli is trying to become the fourth Italian-born player in NHL history.

Atlantic Division

-The Bruins have too many defensemen.

Central Division

-The Jets re-signed restricted free agent forwards forwards Eric O’Dell, Patrice Cormier and John Albert to one-year two-way contracts.

Patrick Division

-Non-Hockey Note of the Day: The world - not just ours - changed 45 years ago today:

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