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Empty Netter Assists - 12-04-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The NHL-NHLPA owners-players "only" meeting is scheduled for today. Ron Burkle and Sidney Crosby (above) will each participate.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Jeff Zatkoff was named the AHL's goaltender of the month for November.

-Defensive prospects Scott Harrington and Derrick Pouliot were among 37 players invited to Canada's selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

-Evgeni Malkin had a goal and three assists for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a 7-4 win against Spartak Moscow in Russia's KHL.

-Highlights (Malkin's goal is at the 8:10 mark):

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-Dustin Jeffrey was held without a point for Medvescak Zagreb in an 11-2 loss to EC VSV in Austria's EBEL.

Atlantic Division

-Devils forward Stephen Gionta has signed an AHL contract with the Albany Devils, New Jersey's AHL affiliate.

-Rangers forward Chris Kreider, currently assigned to Hartford of the AHL, is dealing with a neck strain.

Northeast Division

-“I can't make sense of what the owners truly need because they want everything." - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (right).

-The Senators will not make forward prospect Mika Zibanejad available for Sweden in the upcoming World Junior Championships.

Southeast Division

-Panthers forward Shawn Matthias has joined EHC Linz of Austria's EBEL.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets forward and former Penguin Mark Letestu has joined Almtuna of Sweden's Allsvenskan.

-Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews is also expectected to take part in today's NHL-NHLPA meeting.

Northwest Division

-"I just think this is so needless. That's the shame of it. It's pointless. It's ridiculous that it's taking this long. I really don't think the issues that divide us are so much that it should cost us a season. It'd be an absolute shame for the game, for the fans, and it would just be a travesty. I honestly still believe it's going to get done." - Wild forward Matt Cullen on the lockout.

-Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon suffered a hip injury while playing for SCL Tigers in Switerzland's NLA.

-Since he's still recovering from offseason hip surgery, Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin (right) is still on the team's payroll during the lockout.

Pacific Division

-"It’s been hard to be optimistic. I’m just shocked we’re at this point to begin with. I don’t even know how to feel about it, to be honest with you. You hope, you certainly hope, but I don’t know.” - Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle on the lockout.

(Photos: Crosby-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Miller-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Khabibulin-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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