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Empty Netter Assists - 11-28-12

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Penguins

-"I don't know that it's going to make much of a difference." - Craig Adams on mediators taking part in negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA.

-"I'm not very good at not working. The summertime is too long. You want to get back then. Without work, you get antsy." - Dan Bylsma (right) on the lockout.

-James Neal is scheduled to participate in a charity game in Windsor, Ont. Dec. 8.

-“I don’t think I’d make one (personnel decision) without asking him. Since he has come on, every personnel decision I’ve had his opinion on it; I’ve wanted his opinion on it.” - Ray Shero on assistant Tom Fitzgerald.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff has rebounded in November after a rotten October.

-Dustin Jeffrey was held without a point for Medvescak Zagreb in a 2-1 loss to EHC Liwest Linz in Austria's EBEL.

-Happy 28th birthday to current Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The first overall pick of the 2003 draft, Fleury has spent part of the past eight seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2003-04,  Fleury appeared in 21 games, went 4-14-2 with a 3.64 goals against average, .896 save percentage and one shutout. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Fleury became the team's full-time starter midway through 2005-06. That season, he saw action in 50 games, compiled a 13-27-6 record with a 3.25 goals against average, .898 save percentage and one shutout. Arguably his best regular season was 2006-07. With a 40-16-9 record, he set career highs in wins, games (67) and shutouts (5) while sporting a 2.83 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Helping lead the franchise to its first postseason appearance in five seasons, Fleury (right) went 1-4 with a 3.76 goals against average and .880 save percentage. Injuries limited "Flower" to 35 games in 2007-08. He went 19-10-2 with a 2.33 goals against average, .921 save percentage and four shutouts. In that spring's postseason, Fleury saw action in 20 games, went 14-6, had a 1.97 goals against average, .933 save percentage, three shutouts and helped the franchise return to its first Stanley Cup final in 16 years. In 2008-08, Fleury rebounded by playing in 62 games, and compiling a 35-28-7 record with 2.67 goals against average, .912 save percentage and four shutouts. In that spring's playoffs, Fleury saw action 24 games, went 16-8 with a 2.61 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and led the franchise towards its third Stanley Cup title. Fleury followed that up by playing in 67 games in 2009-10. He had a record of 37-21-6 with a 2.65 goals against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. The 2010 postseason saw Fleury play in 13 games and go 7-6 with a 2.78 goals against average, .891 save percentage and one shutout. Despite a slow start in 2010-11, Fleury appeared in 65 games, 36-20-5 with a 2.32 goals against average, .918 save percentage and recorded three shutouts while becoming the second goaltender in franchise history to be selected for an all-star game (Michel Dion in 1982 was the first). He appeared in seven postseason games that spring and went 3-4 with a 2.52 goals against average, .899 save percentage and one shutout. Last season, Fleury appeared in 67 games while compiling a 42-17-4 record with a 2.36 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and three shutouts. This past postseason, Fleury played in six games, had a 2-4 record with a 4.63 goals against average and .834 save percentage. In 434 career regular season games with the Penguins, Fleury is 226-143-31 with a 2.68 goals against average, .909 save percentage and 22 shutouts. He is tied with Tom Barrasso for most win and shutouts in franchise history. In 69 postseason games, Fleury is 43-32 with a 2.68 goals against average, .904 save percentage and five shutouts. His postseason numbers in games, wins and shutouts are the second-best in franchise history, trailing only Barrasso.

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-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Brian Bonin. A ninth-round pick in 1992, Bonin's Penguins' career amounted to five games and no points in 1998-99. In the 1999 offseason, he joined the Canucks as a free agent. Bonin (1995) is one of four former Hobey Baker Award winners to play for the Penguins. Kip Miller (1990), Brian Holzinger (1995) and Jordan Leopold (2002) are the others.

Northeast Division

-Sabres defenseman Chris Butler has joined Karlskrona of Sweden's Allsvenskan.

Southeast Division

-Capitals forward Jason Chimera has left HC Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets defensive prospect Ryan Murray (right), the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, will miss the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery.

-It was revealed that when Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan was arrested for driving under the influence in Michigan Oct. 29, he was dressed as a purple Teletubby.

Northwest Division

-Canucks goaltender Corey Schneider has joined Ambrì-Piotta of Switzerland's NLA.

-Due to the lockout, the Wild will reduce the work week of it's 200-person staff to four days a week.

Pacific Division

-The city council of Glendale, Ariz. approved a 20-year $320 million stadium management deal with potential Coyotes owner Greg Jamison. Jamison has 30 to 60 days to finalize the purchase of the franchise from the NHL.

(Photos: Bylsma-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Fleury-Peter Diana/Post-Gazette; Murray-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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