Empty Netter Assists - 07-23-14

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-NBC announced its national broadcast schedule for 2014-15. The Penguins will make 11 appearances on either NBC or NBC Sports:

Oct. 22 - vs. Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)
Jan. 7 - vs. Bruins, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)
Jan. 18 - vs. Rangers, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
Jan. 21 - vs. Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)
Jan. 28 - at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)
Feb. 11 - vs. Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)
Feb. 15 - at Blackhawks, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
Feb. 25 - at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)
March 15 - vs. Red Wings, TBD (NBC or NBC Sports)
April 1 - vs. Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports)
April 5 - at Flyers, TBD (NBC or NBC Sports)

-Former Penguins defenseman Jim Paek was named head coach and program director of South Korea's men's national team. Paek, the first Korean-born player in NHL history, won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/Wheeling Nailers defenseman Andrew Hotham has joined the Cardiff Devils of the United Kingdom's EIHL.

-Former Wilkes-Bare/Scranton Penguins forward Petr Taticek has joined ERC Ingolstadt of Germany's DEL.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward and enforcer Dennis Bonvie. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Bonvie spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins and five seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were he became arguably the most beloved player in the history of that club. With the NHL Penguins, Bonvie appeared in 28 games in 1999-2000 and amassed 80 penalty minutes. In 2000-01, Bonvie only played in three games with the NHL Penguins and was a minus-1. He joined the Bruins as a free agent in the 2001 offseason. Bonvie, one of eight natives of Nova Scotia who have played for the Penguins (Paul Andrea, Sidney Crosby, Lowell MacDonald, Al MacNeil, Glen Murray, Jon Sim and Wendell Young are the others) currently serves as a scout for the Blackhawks.

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-The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent forward Mats Zuccarello to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.15 million, Zuccarello, 26, appeared in 77 games last season and scored 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists).

-EN Says: Zuccarello emerged last season as a legit second-liner who flourished under head coach Alain Vigneault. A waterbug of a skater, Zuccarello (5-foot-7, 179 pounds) offers little in the way of physical play. He is one of the NHL's best in the shootout. This strikes us as a contract agreed to in the name of avoiding an arbitration hearing.

Atlantic Division

-The Maple Leafs signed former Canucks forward David Booth (right) to a one-year contract worth $1.1 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $4.25 million, Booth, 29, appeared in 66 games last season and scored 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists).

-EN Says: At one time, Booth was one of the bright, young power forwards in the NHL. Injuries, most notably, concussions, have derailed his career. He's still young enough to salvage his career but he's a long ways away from being the consistent net-driving 20-goal threat he was while with the Panthers.

-The Maple Leafs fired assistant general manager Claude Loiselle as well as vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and hired Kyle Dubas, formerly of the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, as assistant general manager.

Central Division

-“We think he’s a big part of our team going forward, and we wanted to get him locked up. He’s a character guy who has worked hard to become an NHL player. It was important for us to get this done with him.” - Stars general manager Jim Nill on re-signing restricted free agent forward Antoine Roussel.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Sami Vatanen (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.525 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $785,000, Vatanen's new deal will have a cap hit of $1,262,500. Appearing in 48 games last season, Vatanen, 23, scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists).

-EN Says: Vatanen is a small (5-foot-10, 183 pounds) mobile puck-moving defenseman. He can run a power play and find the net fro the point. He doesn't offer much in terms of physical play. If he can fill out a bit, he's a solid top-four defender.

-The Flames re-signed restricted free agent forward Joe Colborne to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.55 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $600,000, Colborne's new contract will have a cap hit of $1,275,000. Appearing in 80 games last season, Colborne, 24, scored 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists).

-EN Says: Colborne is a big (6-foot-5, 213 pounds) body who isn't afraid to play in high-traffic areas. He broke through as a full-time NHLer last season on a bad team. Inconsistency is his biggest issue.

-The Canucks re-signed restricted free agent forwards Darren Archibald and Brandon DeFazio. Terms were not reported.

Smythe Division

-Former Capitals forward Nicolas Deschamps has joined Kärpät of Finland's Liiga.

(Photos: Harry How/Getty Images and Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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