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Empty Netter Assists - 01-03-13

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Penguins

-Talks between the NHL and NHLPA went on late into the night.

-Tanner Glass (right) and a few other NHLers have left Banska Bystrica of the Slovak Extraliga.

-In the midst of a nasty 1-7-3 slump, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had a rough practice yesterday.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Drake Berehowsky. Acquired at the 1995 trade deadline, Berehowsky appeared in four games in 1994-95 for the Penguins and failed to record a point. He played in one postseason game that spring and again failed to net a point. He was limited to one game and no points in 1995-96. He was released in the 1996 offseason. Berehowsky returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2003 offseason. After 47 games and 21 points in 2003-04, Berehowsky was traded to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Ric Jackman. In 52 regular season games with the Penguins, Berehowski scored 21 points.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Steve Poapst. A free agent in the 2005 offseason, Poapst's Penguins career amounted to 21 games and four assists. Midway through the season, he was traded to the Blues in exchange for Eric Boguniecki.

-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins forward Rick MacLeish (right). Acquired midway through the 1981-82 season in a deal which sent Russ Anderson and a draft pick to the Whalers, MacLeish spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished that 1980-81 by appearing in 40 games for the Penguins and scored 25 points. In five playoff games that spring, he scored two points. Injuries limited him to six games and five assists in 1982-83. In the 1983 offseason, he joined the Flyers as a free agent. In 46 regular season games with the Penguins, MacLeish scored 31 points.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Cory Cross. Acquired midway though the 2005-06 season along with Jani Rita in a deal which sent Dick Tarnstrom to the Oilers, Cross' Penguins career amounted to six games and one assist that season. At the trade deadline, he was dealt to the Red Wings in exchange for a draft pick.

Southeast Division

-Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu will be sidelined until at least April following hip surgery.

-"They probably thought we were going to cave in and they would get everything. Now they're like, 'Maybe we can get what we can get and move on.' " - Lightning forward Ryan Malone on negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA.

Pacific Division

-Sharks defenseman Jason Demers (right) will be sidelined four to six weeks after suffering a broken wrist while playing for Canada in the Spengler Cup.

World Junior Championships

-In a quarterfinal round game, Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, made 31 saves for the United States in a 7-0 shutout of the Czech Republic. East Palestine, Ohio native J.T. Miller had a goal and two assists while Capitals forward prospect Riley Barber (Washington, Pa.) scored two goals. Panther forward prospect Vince Trocheck (Upper St. Clair) had one shot and was plus-1.

-Cool Photo of the Day: United States forward Cole Bardreau putting a backhander wide on Czech Republic goaltender Patrik Bartosak:

-Penguins defensive prospect Olli Maatta had two shots and was even today for Finland in an 8-0 rout of Germany in another relegation round game at the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia.

-Lightning goaltending prospect Andrei Vasilevski made 41 saves for Russia which defeated Switzerland in a shootout, 4-3 in a quarterfinal round.

-Happy times for Russia forward Mikhail Grigorenko. Not so much for Switzerland:

Adams Division

-NBC Sports Network's ratings have tanked badly due to the absence of NHL games.

(Photos: Glass and Demers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; MacLeish-Penguins Hockey Cards; United States/Czech Republic and Switzerland/Russia-Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

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