Empty Netter Assists - 07-31-14

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-The owner of Iceoplex, the Penguins' practice rink, is in some hot water over alleged tax evasion.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins released their preseason schedule.

-Former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson (above) has joined Djurgården of Sweden's SHL.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Troy Murray. Acquired at the 1995 trade deadline along with Norm MacIver in a deal which sent Martin Straka to the Senators, Murray appeared in 13 regular season games and scored two points for the Penguins in 1994-95. In the playoffs, he saw action in 12 games and netted three points. In the 1995 offseason, he joined the Avalanche as a free agent. He currently works as a broadcaster for the Blackhawks.

-Happy 28th birthday to the best No. 2 center in hockey:

-Happy 73rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Paul Andrea. Acquired in the 1967 offseason along with George Konik, Dunc McCallum and Frank Francis in a trade which sent Larry Jeffrey to the Rangers, Andrea spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. During the franchise's innagural season of 1967-68, Andrea appeared in 65 games and produced 32 points. In 1968-68 he only saw action in 25 games and scored 13 points. The following offseason, Andrea and John Arbour were traded to Vancouver of the Western Hockey League in exchange for Bryan Hextall, Jr. In 90 games with the Penguins, Andrea scored 45 points.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Devils signed defenseman Andy Greene to a five-year contract worth a total of $25 million. Entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3 million, Greene's new deal will have a cap hit of $5 million. Appearing in 82 games last season, Greene, 31, scored 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists).

-EN Says: Think Paul Martin Lite. Greene is a classic Devils defenseman who is remarkably composed in virtually every situation. He doesn't blow you away with any one skill but seems to do just about everything well. One could argue he's New Jersey's most valuable player. His age and the length of this deal might be reason for concern but he's more than worth this money in the short term.

-The Blue Jackets re-signed restricted free agent forward Dana Tyrell to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Blue Jackets signed former Maple Leafs forward Jerry D'Amigo to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-Forward Paul Statsny is returning home by signing with the Blues.

-How does Stars general manager Jim Nill use advanced statistics?

Smythe Division

-Former Bruins defenseman Jon Rohloff has filed a lawsuit against the NHL alleging the league took insufficient action to reduce brain injuries caused by concussive and sub-concussive impacts.

-Former Predators forward Simon Moser has joined Bern of Switzerland's NLA.

(Photos: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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