Empty Netter Assists - 07-25-14

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-New Penguins forward Blake Comeau will be inducted into the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame along with other members of the 2003-04 Kelowna Rockets team which won the Memorial Cup.

-Former Penguins defenseman Pat Price (right) will also be inducted.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Jani Rita. Acquired along with Cory Cross midway through the 2005-06 season in a trade which sent Dick Tarnstrom to the Oilers, Rita's Penguins' career amounted to 30 games and seven points the rest of that campaign. Since the 2006-07 season, he has played for Jokerit Helsinki, now of Russia's KHL.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Islanders re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Kevin Poulin to a one-year two-way contract.

Atlantic Division

-The Canadiens re-signed restricted free agent forward Lars Eller to a four-year contract worth a total of #14 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.325 million, Eller's new deal will have a cap hit of $3.5 million. Appearing in 77 games last season, Eller, 25, scored 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists).

-EN Says: While Eller is coming off a lukewarm offseason, he had a much stronger postseason as he appeared in 17 playoff games and scored 13 points (five goals, eight assists). He has developed into solid two-way center. Arguably the team's top faceoff specialist, Eller is capable of keeping up with the opponent's top forwards. His biggest issue is consistency. This is a fair contract.

Central Division

-The Jets re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Keaton Ellerby to a one-year two-way contract.

Pacific Division

-The Flames re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Joni Ortio (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.2 million. Coming off an entry-level deal with a salary cap hit of $617,500, Ortio's new deal will have a cap hit of $600,000. Appearing in nine NHL games last season, Ortio, 23, had a 4-4-0 record with a 2.51 goals against average and .891 save percentage.

-EN Says: Ortio figures to be in a battle to be the team's backup goaltender next season.

-The Canucks signed forward Jared McCann to a three-year entry-level contract.

Patrick Division

-Former Blackhawks/Hurricanes/Flames defenseman Anton Babchuk has joined Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of Russia's KHL.

-Former Blackhawks/Bruins/Senators/Canadiens forward Martin St. Pierre has joined Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Adam Hunger/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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