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Empty Netter Assists - 01-19-13

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Penguins

-Sidney Crosby. Penalty killer?

-The Penguins want to show off their grit.

-The Islanders claimed Brian Strait (above) off waivers from the Penguins. (PG+) Strait, 25, appeared in nine games last regular season for the Penguins and scored one point. He was a third-round draft pick in 2006.

-EN Says: Strait will get a much better chance to play with the thin Islanders than he would ever with the deep Penguins. He's shown he's capable of being a safe, defensive No. 5 or 6 defenseman at this level. Not, he'll get a chance to show he belongs at this level.

-“I really can’t wait for this to get started. I’m ready. We’re all ready.” - Crosby.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-The AHL Outdoor Classic alumni game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears will be held today in Hersheypark Stadium.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ross Lupaschuk. Acquired in the 2001 offseason along with Kris Beech and Michal Sivek in a deal which sent Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera, Lupaschuk's Penguins' career amounted to three games and no points in 2002-03. He was released in the 2005 offseason.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders officially suspended defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for failing to report to the club.

-"It didn't take me long six years ago to get a hatred for the Pens. Only playing them once in the West, then coming here and seeing (Sidney) Crosby run the show and do what he does, you learn to not like him fast. And I think that goes for all Philadelphians and guys that put on a Flyers jersey.” - Flyers forward Scott Hartnell (right) on the Penguins.

-"It's not like its Tuesday night in Columbus." - Flyers forward and former Penguin Maxime Talbot on the energy expected for today's game.

-The Devils assigned forwards Mattias Tedenby, Adam Henrique, Harri Pesonen and Tim Sestito to Albany of the AHL.

-Henrique is still recovering from thumb surgery.

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stars in a brilliant Sportscenter commercial:

Northeast Division

-With the season beginning today, the Canadiens have yet to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman PK Subban.

-"When I got fired in Pittsburgh, I took almost a year off. I had been coaching since I was 27. I had never stopped. I needed that break. I came back fresh from that." Canadiens coach and former Penguins coach Michel Therrien.

Southeast Divison

-Florida officially re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a two-year contract worth a total of $5 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $2.5 million. Kulikov, 22, appeared in 58 game last season and scored 28 points (four goals, 24 assists).

-This is a nice contract for the Panthers. It's almost a "prove-it" deal for Kulikov. He gets two years to prove he's a legit ttop four defensemen in this league. If he plays hungry, the Panthers get a young, talented offensive defenseman at a good price. Kulikov has a nice skill set. He just needs to find consistency.

-The Panthers named defenseman Ed Jovanovski (right) the seventh captain in franchise history.

-Florida offiically signed former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev to a one-year contract worth $600,000 (prorated). Kovalev was in training camp on a tryout basis.

-“Look around this room. I’m telling you, we have some talent here.” - Panthers forward Peter Mueller on his team's chances of repeating as Southeast Division champions.

-The Capitals recalled defenseman Tom Poti from a conditioning stint with Hershey of the AHL.

-The Jets claimed forward James Wright off waivers from the Panthers.

-Winnipeg assigned forwards Maxime Macenauer, Spencer Machacek and defenseman Derek Meech (right) to St. John's of the AHL.

-The Lightning assigned forwards Mike Angelidis, J.T. Wyman and Kyle Wilson to Syracuse of the AHL.

-The Hurricanes recalled forward Jeremy Welsh from Charlotte of the AHL, assigned former Penguins forward Tim Wallace to Charlotte and returned defenseman Ryan Murphy to Kitchener of the OHL.

Central Division

-After being bought out by the Rangers, unrestricted free agent defenseman Wade Redden agreed to a one-year deal with the Blues worth $800,000 (prorated). Redden, 35, has not played in the NHL since 2009-10. That season, he appeared in 75 games and scored 14 points (two goals, 12 assists).

-EN Says: This is a shrewd signing for the Blues. It's a low-risk, high-reward addition. At on time, Redden was a legit top-two defensmen wth Norris Trophy aspiration. Those days are past, but plenty of those skills are still in place. He should be able to re-discover his game under the watch of defensive-minded coach Ken Hitchcock.

-St. Louis released defenseman Colin White from his professional tryout offer.

-After failing to make the Red Wings' roster in training camp, forward Mike Knuble has signed a 25-game tryout offer with their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.

-The Red Wings assigned defenseman Brian Lashoff to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks signed defenseman Alexander Edler (right) to a six-year contract extension worth a total of $30 million. Entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.25 million, Edler's new deal will carry a cap hit of $6 million. The contract also has a no-trade clause. In 82 game last season, Edler, 26, scored 49 points.

-EN Says: Had Edler hit the free agent market this upcoming offseason, he would have been a hot commodity. He has a strong point shot, can man the power play, has size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds), eats minutes and is a few years away from 30. For a defenseman with all these abilities who hasn't hit his ceiling just yet, this is a bargain.

-The Canucks assigned forwards Darren Archibald, Anton Rodin, Bill Sweatt, Jordan Schroeder, Andrew Gordon, defensemen Peter Andersson, Derek Joslin and goaltender Joe Cannata to Chicago of the AHL and returned defenseman Frank Corrado to Kitchener of the OHL.

-Calgary signed forward Steve Begin to a one-year two-way contract. He was in training camp on a tryout basis.

-The Flames released defenseman Steve McCarthy from his professional tryout offer.

-Calgary assigned forward Paul Bryon, defenseman Brett Carson and goaltender Henrik Karlsson to Abbotsford of the AHL.

-The Wild assigned forwards Nick Palmieri, Jake Dowell and Stephane Veilluex to Houston of the AHL.

-The Oilers assigned defenseman Colten Teubert (right) and Taylor Fedun and forward Chris VandeVelde to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-The Kings officially signed general manager Dean Lombardi to a contract extension through 2016-17.

-Los Angeles assigned defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and forward Tyler Toffoli to Machester of the AHL.

-Stars restricted forward Jamie Benn remains unsigned as the season begins.

-Dallas assigned goaltender Richard Bachman and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to Texas of the AHL.

-The Coyotes assigned forwards Nick Johnson, Rob Klinkhammer and defenseman Michael Stone to Portland of the AHL.

-The Sharks re-signed defenseman Nick Petrecki (right) and forward James Sheppard to one-year contracts. Terms were not revealed.

-San Jose assigned forwards John McCarthy, Bracken Kearns, defensemen Matt Pelech and Matt Tennyson to Worcester of the AHL.

-The Ducks placed defenseman Sami Vatanen (foot) on injured reserve.

Smythe Division

-Former Robert Morris forward Trevor Lewis has joined the Cincinnati Cyclones, the AHL affiliate of the Panthers and Predators.

-J.P. Labardo had two goals and two assists for the Erie Otters who lost to the Sarnia Sting, 7-6.

-Eric Levine made 25 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 4-1 loss to American International.

-Paul Chiasson had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team which lost to Connecticut, 5-4.

-Kristen DiCiocco made 21 saves for the Robert Morris women's team which lost to Quinnipiac, 2-1.

-Amanda Makela made 34 saves for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 5-1 loss to Boston College.

-Chris Truehl made 23 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 3-1 loss to Michigan Warriors.

(Photos: Strait-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Hartnell-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Jovanovski-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Meech-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Edler-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Teubert-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Petrecki-Harry How/Getty Images)

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