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Empty Netter Assists - 01-07-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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Note: Due to a personal matter, coverage of the lockout coming to an end will be limited on Empty Netters for the time being. Your patience is appreciated.

-"In my case, with all injuries and that stuff, it seemed like even a longer wait. I'm excited to get back in the swing of things." - Sidney Crosby (right) on the lockout coming to an end.

-Highlights/changes in the new collective bargaining agreement include:

-The CBA covers 10 years. The parties can opt out after eight.
-Teams can spend up to $70.2 million (pro-rated) on contracts this season, but the salary-cap ceiling for the 2013-14 season will be $64.3 million.
-Teams will be permitted two contract buyouts in the coming offseason.
-Contracts can run a maximum of seven years, or eight if a player is being re-signed.
-The free-agency signing period will continue to start July 1.
-Salaries in multiyear contracts can vary as much as 35 percent from one year to the next, but no more than 50 percent between any two years.
-The players will receive 50 percent of hockey-related revenue, down from 57 percent. Players will be given $300 million in "Make Whole" money to cover losses in the transition to the new financial setup.
-All 14 nonplayoff teams will have a chance to end up with the first overall draft. Previously, teams could move up no more than four slots in the draft order.
-Revenue-sharing funds will increase to $200 million per season.

-The NHL's board of governors isn't expected to ratify the new CBA until Wednesday. (PG+)

-Ray Shero expects to hold a training camp with 24-26 players. (PG+)

-"It's going to be fast and furious, great for fans. Each game has that much more meaning. Players will be more fatigued probably, but everyone will adjust." - Matt Niskanen (right) on a shortened season. (PG+)

-In what was presumably his final KHL game of the season, Evgeni Malkin ad a regulation goal and two assists for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a 4-3 shootout loss to Slovan Bratislava.

-Despite signing less than a week ago, Kris Letang did not play for SKA St. Petersburg yesterday against Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

-Brad Thiessen made 16 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-0 loss to the Connecticut Whale.

-With the lockout ending, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forwards Eric Tangradi, Beau Bennett and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo were healthy scratches for the first time all season.

-Peter Delmas made 20 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 loss to the Reading Royals.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Rod Buskas (right). A sixth-round pick in 1981, Buskas spent parts of nine seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1982-83, Buskas saw action in 41 games and scored four points. He followed that up in 1983-84 by playin gin 47 games and collecting six points. In 1984-85, Buskas appeared in 69 games and scored nine points and recorded a career-high 191 penalty minutes. The 1985-86 seasons saw Buskas play in 72 games and score nine points. In 1986-87, Buskas appeared in 68 games and recorded a career-high 18 points. During 1987-88, he set a career-high with 76 games while scoring 12 points and leading the team with 209 penalty minutes. He was limited to 52 games and six points in 1988-89 but was able to play in the postseason for the first time in his career. Early in the 1989-90 season, he was traded to the Canucks in exchange for for a draft pick. Midway through that season, he returned to the Penguins in a trade which also brought Barry Pederson and Tony Tanti to Pittsburgh in exchange for Dave Capuano, Andrew McBain and Dan Quinn. All together in 1989-90, Buskas appeared in six games for the Penguins that season and failed to record a point. Prior to the start of the 1990-91 campaign, Buskas was claimed off waivers by the Kings. Buskas appeared in 431 career regular season games for the Penguins, 19th-most in franchise history, scored 64 points and recorded 959 penalty minutes, third-most in franchise history.

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-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Larry Bignell. A third-round pick in 1970, Bignell's Penguins career amounted to 20 games and three assists in 1973-74. After spending all of 1974-75 in the AHL, Bignell was released from the organization.

Atlantic Division

-"I don’t think it really matters as far as 50 or 48 games. The league has said they want at least 48 games to insure the season’s credibility if you’re going to award a Stanley Cup. I think 48 games will accomplish that." - Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador on a shortened season.

-“What I’m more mad about is I have one year that I couldn’t compete to win a Stanley Cup. They canceled one season. That’s probably what I’m the most mad about. The rest, you know what, I was able to play and that’s fun and make money and do what I do. But that one year they took everything away from us and that was the one that hurt the most.” - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur comparing this lockout to the one which canceled the entire 2004-05 season.

-After a 21-goal effort last season with the Devils, former Penguins forward Petr Sykora is looking for work.

Northeast Division

-“We did the best we could without destroying the sport entirely and without selling out the kids that haven’t even been drafted yet but will play under this CBA, Nobody is going to deny that it’s awful. The negativity directed at our sport is disheartening. It sucks. It really sucks for fans to have to go through it and hearing the posturing. At the end of it all it’s just a sigh of relief that you can get back to the good parts of the game and the positive stuff. It sucks to hear negative things about a good group of guys that really do love the game, but are being locked out of the game they love. We couldn’t control that. You understand the other side of it and the pressure points needed in negotiations. But we always just wanted to play." - Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference on the lockout.

-“I know an apology doesn’t make it all better, but it’s a place to start. I’m sorry and I hope that fans will forgive us for the role we played in this lockout. We will show up ready to play if they want to come to the rink and watch.” - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

-Canadiens general manager and former Penguins defenseman Marc Bergevin must find a way to re-sign defenseman PK Subban who is entering the final season of his entry-level contract.

Southeast Division

-“I always thought there would be a season. I just didn’t know when.” - Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (right) on the lockout ending.

-"It's real now. It's no more, maybe I can sleep in an hour later and do my own thing. You can't hit the snooze button five times. You've got to get back on your schedule. It's serious. It's a job now and I'm really looking forward to it." -  Jets forward Jim Slater on the lockout ending.

Central Division

-The Red Wings are expected to name forward Henrik Zetterberg as their next captain.

-Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is expected to announce his retirement.

-"The thing that resonated with me during the lockout was just how much you miss being around the game, the fans and the players. It's a huge hole and you better not take the game for granted.'' - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

-“It’s not fair what we’ve done to the fans. I’m upset; I can only imagine what they’re going through. But that being said, it’s a necessary part of the business. It’s over with.” - Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill on the lockout ending.

Northwest Division

-"We're basically going to have to pick a team. We're not going to have the time to be quote-unquote fair, to give guys opportunities. There's just no time." - Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher on his team's training camp.

-Flames forward Roman Cervenka (right) will be sidelined indefinitely due to a blood clot.

Pacific Division

-The Stars have been granted an extension from the NHL to submit their new uniforms for the 2013-14 season.

Patrick Division

-Collin Brennan made 12 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in an 8-1 loss to the Michigan Warriors.

(Photos: Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Niskanen-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Buskas-Penguins Hockey Cards; Sykora-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Faulk-Al Bello/Getty Images; Cervenka-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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