Empty Netter Assists - 07-09-14

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-Sidney Crosby (above) will require surgery on his right wrist. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

-The Penguins will host their prospect development camp beginning Tuesday.

-Former Penguins forward Nick Johnson has joined the Växjö Lakers of Sweden's SHL.

-Happy 87th birthday to former Penguins coach and general manager Leonard "Red" Kelly (right). A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame for his playing days with the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, Kelly was hired as the Penguins' coach in the 1969 offseason. His first campaign (1969-70) with the Penguins saw the team go 26-38-12 and reach the postseason for the first time in franchise history. In 1970-71, the Penguins went 21-37-20 and missed the playoffs but were able to rebound in 1971-72 with a 26-28-14 record and a second playoff appearance. After going 17-19-6 in 1972-73, he was replaced midway through the season by former player Ken Schinkel. During his tenure as head coach, he also assumed the position of general manager from the 1970 offseason until midway through 1971-72. As general manager, he pulled off one of the best trades in franchise history when he acquired future all-star Syl Apps, Jr. - one of the best players in franchise history - and serviceable Sheldon Kannegiesser from the Rangers in exchange for third-liner Glen Sather. In 274 games as the Penguins' coach, Kelly had a record of 90-132-52. His 90 wins are sixth-most in franchise history. As a player, Kelly holds the distinction of having won the most Stanley Cup titles (eight) in NHL history without having played for the Canadiens.

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-“First time I went to the U.S. they asked me if I had a pet kangaroo. I say, ‘Yeah, everyone has a pet kangaroo in Australia.’ There’s nothing to do but embrace it.” - Capitals forward prospect Nathan Walker on the notoriety of being the first Australian player drafted by an NHL team.

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

-The Islanders renewed their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder.

Atlantic Division

-The Panthers re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Greg Zanon to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Lightning signed former Devils defenseman defenseman Matt Corrente (right) to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Senators re-signed former Penguins defensive prospect Alex Grant to a one-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-Jamie Kompon will leave his position as an assistant coach with the Blackhawks to take over as general manager and head coach of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks. New Penguins head coach Mike Johnston previously held both positions.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks re-signed restricted free agent forward James Sheppard to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $830,000, Sheppard, 26, appeared in 67 games last season and scored 20 points (four goals, 16 assists).

-EN Says: A failed first-round pick of the Wild, Sheppard has found a home as a third-liner in San Jose. This is a fair but short contract.

-Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (right) is dealing with a knee injury.

Norris Division

-Former Hurricanes/Flames defenseman Brett Carson has joined the Vienna Capitals of Austria's EBEL.

-Former Oilers/Islanders/Thrashers/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Robbie Schremp and former Blues defenseman Cade Fairchild have joined Metallurg Novokuznetsk of Russia's KHL.

-Former Lightning/Kings/Stars/Rangers forward Brandon Segal has joined Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Dennis Brodeur/Getty Images, Ezra Shaw/Getty Images, Mike Stobe/Getty Images and Elsa/Getty Images)

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