Empty Netter Assists - 01-14-12

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-It looks like Eric Tangradi will get first crack at playing on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.

-Ray Shero has more than a few defensmen to sort through.

-Sidney Crosby (above) admitted the power play will be a work in progress.

-The Penguins will open their practices and a scrimmage Wednesday at Consol Energy Center to the public.

-The Penguins placed Steve MacIntyre, Brad Thiessen and Jeff Zatkoff on waivers for procedural purposes.

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Shero speaks:

-Wilkes-Bare/Scranton defenseman Brian Dumoulin and forward Dominik Uher are familiar with outdoor games. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play the Hershey Bears in the AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium Sunday.

-Peter Delmas made 20 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-0 shutout of the South Carolina Stingrays. Christiaan Minella scored two goals for Wheeling while teammates Zach Hansen and Cody Wild each collected a goal and an assist.

-The Nailers suspended forward Keven Veilleux indefinitely after he allegedly directed a racial slur towards South Carolina forward Scooter Vaughan. Veilleux and Vaughn, who is black, got into two fights during the game.

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto (right) and unrestricted free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy. Del Zotto, 22, signed a two-year contract worth a total of $5.1 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $2.55. In 77 games last season, Del Zotto scored 41 points (10 goals, 31 assists). Gilroy, 28, signed a one-year, $650,000 deal. In 67 games last season with the Lightning and Senators, Gilroy scored 20 points (three goals, 17 assists).

-Philadelphia signed former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not revealed. Foster, 31, appeared in 51 games last season with the Devils, Ducks and Wild and scored 14 points (four goals, 10 assists).

-The Flyers re-acquired former goaltender Brian Boucher along with minor league defenseman Mark Alt from the Hurricanes in exchange for minor league forward Luke Pither. In 10 games last season, Boucher had a 1-6-1 record along with a 3.40 goals against average and an .881 save percentage.

-The Devils recalled forwards Bobby Butler, Stephen Gionta, Tim Sestito, Adam Henrique, Harri Pesonen, Jacob Josefson, Mathias Tedenby and defenseman Adam Larsson from Albany of the AHL.

-New Jersey brought former Canadiens forward Mathieu Darche to training camp as a non-roster invitee.

-The Devils will not re-sign former Penguins forward Petr Sykora (right) "at this point" according to general manager Lou Lamoriello.

-The Islanders recalled forwards Casey Cizikas, Jon Landry, Colin McDonald, David Ullstrom, defensemen Travis Hamonic and Ty Wishart from Bridgeport of the AHL, defensemen Griffin Reinhart from Edmonton of the WHL and forward Ryan Strome from Niagara of the OHL.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens have sent forward Scott Gomez home with the intent of buying him out in the offseason. Gomez will still be paid during the season. Once he is bought out, the Canadiens will be free from his $7.357 salary cap hit. In 38 games last season, Gomez, 33, scored 11 points (two goals, nine assists)

-“To be in the locker room, it’s something I’ve dreamed of as a kid. I used to come in here as a kid. But to come in here as a player to try and earn a spot is really a dream come true.” - Bruins forward Chris Bourque on being in Boston's locker room at TD Garden. Bourque, a former Penguin, is the son of former Bruins captain Ray Bourque.

-The lockout out allowed Bruins forward Nathan Horton (right) time to fully recover from a concussion he suffered Jan. 22, 2012.

-The Bruins will offer free concessions during games in January.

-Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe is expected to begin the season on injured reserve as he is still recovering from back and neck injuries suffered last season.

-Expect Maple Leafs coach and former Penguins coach/defenseman Randy Carlyle to rebuild Toronto's defense.

Southeast Division

-The Capitals recalled goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman Cameron Schilling from Hershey of the AHL and forward Tom Wilson from Plymouth of the OHL. Washington also loaned defenseman Tom Poti to Hershey on a conditioning assignment.

-The Hurricanes acquired forward/enforcer Kevin Westgarth from the Kings in exchange for forward Anthony Stewart and a fourth-round pick in 2013. Westgarth, 28, appeared in 25 games last season and scored two points (one goal, one assist) while recording 39 penalty minutes. Stewart, 27, appeared in 77 games last season and scored 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists).

-By way of Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer, Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo as an interesting new haircut (right).

-Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who is currently a restricted free agent, has yet to report to the team's training camp.

Central Division

-The Predators named forward Martin Erat as an alternate captain.

-Chicago recalled forwards Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, defensemen Nick Leddy and Ryan Stanton from Rockford of the AHL. Saad is a native of Gibsonia.

-The Blackhawks claim they added 250 games to their season ticket waiting list during the lockout.

-The Red Wings recalled defensemen Brian Lashoff, Brendan Smith and forward Damien Brunner from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-Detroit has brought former forward Mike Knuble to training camp as a non-roster invitee.

Northwest Division

-Flames captain/forward Jarome Iginla (right) is dealing with a groin injury.

-Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and forward David Booth are each dealing with groin injuries.

-The Canucks signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Cam Barker to a one year deal worth $700,000. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2004 draft, Barker, 26, appeared in 25 games for the Oilers last season and scored two goals.

-Like him or hate him, Wild forward Zenon Konopka is a different character.

Pacific Division

-The Kings have agreed to long-term contract extensions with general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter.

-“It is amazing at how good a shape he’s in and he doesn’t get winded. You watch him, he’s never bent over on his stick. His face might look drawn sometimes. But he’s a pretty remarkable specimen. And I said this last year and I fully believe that for his age, he’s the best athlete in the world.” - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on 42-year-old forward Teemu Selanne.

-“It’s my priority. They’ve been Anaheim Ducks. I love those guys. They’re winners. I’m going to do everything in my power to sign them.” - Ducks general manager Bob Murray on forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, each of whom are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this upcoming offseason.

-The Stars are still trying to re-sign restricted free agent forward Jamie Benn (right).

-The Coyotes recalled defensemens Michael Stone, David Rundblad, forwards Alexandre Bolduc and Andy Miele from Portland of the AHL.

Norris Division

-Former Sharks/Senators/Kings/Avalanche defenseman Tom Preissing has joined TPS of Finland's SM-liiga.

-Former North Stars/Stars/Maple Leafs/Sharks forward Mike Craig has joined Neumarkt/Egna of Italy's Serie A2 league.

-Former Rangers forward Jeff Ulmer has joined Tappara of Finland's SM-liiga.

(Photos: Crosby-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Del Zotto, Sykora and Iginla-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Horton-Elsa/Getty Images; Benn-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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