Empty Netter Assists - 07-24-14

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-The Penguins named Jacques Martin the team’s senior adviser for hockey operations.

-Former Penguins forward Taylor Pyatt (above) has joined Genève-Servette of Switzerland's NLA.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins re-signed defensemen Barry Goers and forward Carter Rowney to one-year AHL contracts.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Mayer. A free agent signing in the 1987 offseason, Mayer's entire NHL career amounted to one game and four penalty minutes with the Penguins in 1987-88. At the 1989 trade deadline, Mayer was dealt to the Kings in exchange for Tim Tookey.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent forward Chris Kreider (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $4.95 million. Coming off an entry-level contract worth a total of $800,000, Kreider $2.475 million. Appearing in 66 games last season, Kreider, 23, Kreider scored 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists).

-EN Says: Kreider is a big (6-foot-3, 222 pounds) power forward who can skate well. And as he showed in the postseason, he can score goals when they count. This appears to be a "bridge" contract to a longer-term deal.

-The Hurricanes re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Rissanen to a one-year two-way contract.

Atlantic Division

-The Sabres signed former Avalanche defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract worth $800,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $900,000, Benoit, 30, appeared in 79 games last season and scored 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists).

-EN Says: This is a good value for the Sabres. Benoit is a puck mover who his capable of being responsible as a bottom-paring defenseman. He isn't all that physical and can be inconsistent but isn't a liability.

-The Bruins hired former Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco as an assistant.

Central Division

-The Avalanche re-signed restricted free agent forward Ryan O'Reilly (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $12 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $5 million, O'Reilly's new deal will have a cap hit of $6 million. Appearing in 80 games last season, O'Reilly, 23, scored 64 points (28 goals, 36 assists).

-EN Says: O'Reilly is a very talented player and he'll be counted on to do even more with the team parting ways with free agent Paul Stastny. But this seems like an overpayment for a player who has only topped the 20-goal mark once in his career. He's a legit top-six winger but for $6 million a season?

Adams Division

-Free agent defenseman Cory Sarich was hospitalized after a bicycling accident in Invermere, B.C. Sarich, who spent last season with the Avalanche, was struck by a car while training.

-The NHL issued a sustainability report addressing the league's concerns over global warming.

-Former Ducks defenseman Brian Salcido has joined SaiPa of Finland's Liiga.

-Former Predators/Oilers/Stars forward Patrick Cote was sentenced to 30 months of jail for two bank robberies in Quebec.

(Photos: Claus Andersen/Getty Images, Patrick McDermott/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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