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Empty Netter Assists - 04-02-13

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-"People have been awesome at the hospital and guys have been in to visit. Staff [from the Penguins] as well. [I] appreciate the help from everyone here at the hospital and people visiting. They have done everything they can to make get me healed and feel good, and I appreciate that." - Sidney Crosby, via e-mail, on his recovery.

-Crosby had titanium plates inserged to aid the healing of his jaw.

-With all the injuries, Dan Bylsma is giving Jarome Iginla a look at the point on the power play.

-Tyler Kennedy (right). No. 1 center?

-The numbers behind being #UndefEaton.

-Crosby was named the NHL's No. 1 star for March.

-"I don’t think there was going to be a better opportunity to win a Cup than the team they have here in Pittsburgh. The team in Dallas was moving on. They were getting younger and I don’t think I was in their plans in the future so it was probably I could have weathered it out for a couple of months but I think this was too good an opportunity to pass up." - Brenden Morrow on waiving his no-trade clause to join the Penguins.

-Welcome back Robert Bortuzzo from a conditioning assignment.

-"When the team is winning, it's easy to come to the rink every day and work hard. I learned a lot while I was up there. I just tried to stay responsible and take it all in." - Beau Bennett on his cup of coffee with the NHL Penguins.

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Iginla speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Former Penguins Stephane Richer, Bill Guerin and Darius Kasparaitis will participate in a charity game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. to benefit the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

-After the Jump: Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, Robyn Regehr and Jay Bouwmeester all have new homes.

Atlantic Division

-Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves for the Islanders in a 3-1 win against the rival Devils. Frans Nielsen recorded two assists for New York. With New Jersey losing, the Penguins' magic number for clinching the Atlantic Division is now eight.

-Check out this move in tight which led to a goal by New York's Josh Bailey:

-There was an ugly moment in this game when Islanders forward Matt Martin injured Devils forward and former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos in a fight:

-Check out this pass by New Jersey's Patrik Elias to set up former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky for a goal in tight:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-A goal and three assists from captain Ryan Callahan led the Rangers to a 4-2 comeback win against the Jets. Derek Stepan scored two goals for New York while teammate Rick Nash added a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves in the victory.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this "save" by Stepan against Winnipeg's Kyle Wellwood:

-Check out the patience by Callahan on this short-handed goal:

-The Flyers acquired forward Jay Rosehill from the Ducks in exchange for forward Harry Zolnierczyk. On the final year of a two-way contract, Rosehill, 27, has not played in the NHL this season. In 32 games with the AHL's Norfolk Admirals this season, Rosehill has eight points (four goals, four assists) and 90 penalty minutes. Zolnierczyk, 25, is in the final year of a two-way contract. In seven NHL games this season, he has one assist and 36 penalty  minutes.

-EN Says: Essentially, this is an exchange of minor leaguers. That said, Zolnierczyk is a better player than Rosehill who is strictly an enforcer. No matter what, the Flyers always value players like Rosehill. Zolniercyk (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) offers a high energy forechecking presence who will occasionally drop the gloves with players in his weight class. Rosehill (6-doot-3, 215 pounds) is someone you don't want playing more than five or six minutes a night. This is just another move which is so "Flyers."

-The Devils activated forward Dainius Zubrus (wrist) from injured reserve. He has been sidelined since Feb. 14.

-The Islanders signed forward Anders Lee, a sixth-round pick in 2009, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-The Rangers signed undrafted defenseman Tommy Hughes, formerly of the OHL's London Knights. Terms were not revealed.

Northeast Division

-Max Pacioretty scored two goals for the Canadiens in a 4-1 win against the Hurricanes. Carey Price made all of 18 saves in the victory.

-Check out this rocket of a goal by Montreal's Andre Markov:

-Canadiens forward and former Penguin Colby Armstrong left the game in the third period after colliding with forward Patrick Dwyer:

-Canadiens forward Rene Bourque visited Dr. Ted Carrick, the concussion specialist who treated Sidney Crosby, to aid in recovery from his own concussion.

-The Bruins agreed to trade former Penguins captain/forward Jaromir Jagr from the Stars in exchange for forward prospects Lame MacDermid and Cody Payne and a conditional draft pick. If Boston wins two postseason rounds, it's a first-round pick. If Boston falls short of that, it's a second-round pick. On a one-year deal with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million, Jagr, 41, has appeared in 34 games and scored 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) this season. MacDermid, 23, was a fourth-round pick in 2009. In three NHL games this season, he has no points and 10 penalty minutes. Payne, 19, was a fifth-round pick in 2012. In 66 games with the OHL's Plymouth Whalers this season, he had 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists).

-EN Says: This is a heck of a consolation price after losing out on Jarome Iginla. When paired with a strong center, Jagr can still be productive. He brings a creative offensive game and can boost Boston's poor power play. There seems to be some strong indications he'll play with fellow Czech center David Krejci who is a creative player as well. It'll be interesting to see how he handles playing in coach Claude Julien's defensively demanding system as Jagr (right) doesn't have a great history of thriving in those type of systems. As far as what Boston gave up for him, the pick is more valuable than the players. MacDermid is a borderline NHL player who is more of an enforcer. Payne projects as a power forward at the NHL level on the bottom two lines. Boston gave up relatively little to acquire Jagr. If nothing else, this makes a potential Penguins-Bruins match-up even more intriguing.

Jaromir Jagr

-"We have to be realistic about where we are and the direction we’re going. And in this case, it was important to take advantage of getting draft picks and to use those draft picks to build.” - Sabres forward Darcy Regier on his team being sellers at the trade deadline.

-The Sabres recalled forward Luke Adam and defenseman Adam Pardy from Rochester of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning signed forward B.J. Crombeen (right) to a two-year contract extension. Financial terms were not revealed. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1 million, Crombeen, 27, has appeared in 30 games this season and has seven points (one goal, six assists) as well as 86 penalty minutes.

-Tampa Bay recalled forward Mike Angelidis from Syracuse of the AHL and assigned forward Dana Tyrell to Syracuse.

-The Lightning signed forward Tanner Richard, a third-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-Tampa Bay signed defenseman Luke Witkowski, a sixth-round pick in 2008, to a two-year contract. Terms were not revealed.

-The Hurricanes acquired goaltender Dan Ellis ("lower body") from injured reserve and assigned goaltender John Muse to Charlotte of the AHL.

-The Capitals assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey of the AHL.

Central Division

-Shootout goals by captain Jonathan Toews and former Penguin Michal Rozsival gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Predators. Fire Craig Patrick. Corey Crawford made 25 saves in the victory. David Legwand led Nashville with a regulation goal and an assist.

-Check out this save in tight by Nashville's Pekka Rinne on Chicago's Andrew Shaw:

-“That’s all I do. That’s the one move I have.” - Rozsival on his backhanded shootout move.

-Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for the Red Wings in a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. Johan Franzen recorded two assists for Detroit.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Detroit's Gustav Nyquist and his subsequent pass to set up Damien Brunner for a goal:

-Andy McDonald and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist for the Blues in a 4-1 win against the Wild. Brian Elliott made 19 saves in the victory.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Schwartz:

-Painful times for Halak:


-Halak left the game in the first period after suffering a groin injury which is expected to take "a little while" to heal according to head coach Ken Hitchcock.

-The Blues acquired defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from the Flames in exchange for defensive prospect Mark Cundari,  goaltending prospect Reto Berra and conditional draft picks. If the Blues make the playoffs, the Flames receive a first-round pick in the June 2013 NHL draft. If the Blues do not make the playoffs, the first-round pick is deferred to the 2014 draft and the Flames additionally receive a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft. Bouwmeester, 29, has two years (including this season) remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $6.68 million. In 33 games this season, he has 15 points (six goals, nine assists). Cundari, 22, has appeared in 55 games this season for Peoria of the AHL and has 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) Berra, 26, was a fourth-round pick in 2006. In 49 games this season for Biel of Switzerland's NLA, Berra has a 3.01 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

-EN Says: The Flames are finally come to grips with where they are and have begun selling off for the future. Cundari and Berra are marginal prospects at best. The big thing for them are the draft picks they received in the deal. For the Blues, they are loading up on defense. Ken Hitcock preaches defense and Bouwmeester (right) is a legit top-two defenseman. With this trade and after adding Jordan Leopold earlier this week to a blue line which already has Barrett Jackman and Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues will be able to match-up well against the likes of the Blackhawks, Kings and Ducks depth at the forward position should they meet in the postseason.

-The Blackhawks acquired forward Michal Handzus from the Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year's draft. Handzus, 36, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million. In 28 games this season, Handzus has two points (one goal, one assist).

-EN Says: This s a solid depth addition for the Blackhawks who have been dealing with injuries up front. Handzus' days as a solid 20-goal producer as well behind him but he can still win faceoffs and kill penalties. For the Sharks, they deal away an expiring asset for a draft pick.

-To make room for Handzus on the roster, Chicago assigned forward Brandon Bollig to Rockford of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets assigned forward Nick Drazenovic to Springfield of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists for the Oilers in a 4-1 win against the rival Flames. Taylor Hall, Ryan Jones and rookie Nail Yakupov each collected a goal and an assist for Edmonton while teammate Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this backhanded move in tight by Hall:

-The Canucks acquired forward Derek Roy from the Stars in exchange for defensive prospect Kevin Connauton and a second-round pick in this summer's draft. Roy, 29, has appeared in 29 game this season and has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists). He is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million. A third-round pick in 2009, Connauton, 23, has appeared in 60 games with Chicago of the AHL this season and has 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists).

-The Canucks purchased the AHL's Peoria Rivermen from the Blues.

-EN Says: The fire sale is on in Dallas with this move, the Jagr trade and last week's departure of Brenden Morrow. For Vancouver, they get a skilled playmaker who should fit into the Canucks' finesse attack. This move gives them a little insurance with No. 2 center Ryan Kesler on the mend from a foot injury.

-The Oilers signed defenseman Ladislav Smid (right) to a four-year contract extension worth a total of $14 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.25 million, Smid's new deal will have a cap hit of $3.5 million. In 35 games this season, Smid, 27, has three points (one goal, two assists).

-EN Says: This is a nice contract for a dependable shut-down type of defender. Smid won't blow anyone away with any sort of flashy offensive skillset or any sort of bone-jarring hits. He's a positionally sound shot-blocker who can play in most-team's top two defensive pairings.

-Wild forward Matt Cullen left last night's game against the Blues due to a suspected "lower-body" injury.

-The Wild assigned goaltender Darcy Kuemper to Houston of the AHL.

-Colorado placed forwards Paul Stastny (foot) and Milan Hejduk (shoulder) on injured reserve and recalled forwards David Van Der Gulik and Brad Malone from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-Avalanche assistant coach David Quinn was hired as head coach of Boston University.

Pacific Division

-Viktor Fasth made 26 saves for the Ducks in a 4-0 shutout of the Stars. It was his third career shutout. Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist for Anaheim while teammate Ryan Getzlaf recorded two assists.

-Fasth had his tower buzzed here:

-Captain Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist for the Sharks in a 3-2 win against the Canucks. Antti Niemi made 23 saves in the victory. Jannik Hansen recorded two assists for Vancouver.

-Sharks forward Ryane Clowe, who has been the subject of trade rumors, was made a healthy scratch last night.

-The Sharks activated goaltender Thomas Greiss (neck) from injured reserve and assigned goaltender Alex Stalock to Worcester of the AHL.

-The Kings acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr (right) from the Sabres in exchange for second round draft picks in 2014 and 2015. Regehr, 32, has appeared in 29 games this season and has two assists. He is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $4.02 million.

-EN Says: The fire sale continues in Buffalo. This is the second defenseman (Jordan Leopold to the Blues being the other) the Sabres have dealt in the past few days. Buffalo is going no where fast and its unloading aging players for future assets. This is the right move. For the Kings they have dealt with injuries on the blue line, particularly with some of its grittier players such as Matt Greene and Alec Martinez. Regehr isn't quite the shutdown defender he was seven or eight years ago, but he's still a tough character for opposing forwards to deal with. With a combination of size (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) and craftiness, Regher is still a player you can rely on to shutdown an opposing top six forward.

-The Stars recalled forward Francis Wathier from Texas of the AHL and assigned former Penguins forward Toby Petersen to Texas.

(Photos: Crosby-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Kennedy-Drew Hallowell/Getty Images; Islanders/Devils and Crombeen-Elsa/Getty Images; Jets/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Jagr-Post-Gazette archives; Blues/Wild-Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press; Bouwmeester-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Smid-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Ducks/Stars-Mike Fuentes/Associated Press; Regehr-Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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