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Empty Netter Assists - 04-04-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Obviously, we know the right way to win and the way we did win. For the last two games, we haven't been even close to that level, that execution. And that needs to change." - Matt Cookes.

-Newsday's recap. "It's crazy, it was wild. And those guys [Brassard and Moore] got here just before warm-ups. It's what I was talking about with Brassard. Sometimes you just go play. I didn't expect to have that much offensive input the first game, but I didn't want to ease into it." - Rangers forward Ryan Clowe on the success he and teammates Derrick Brassard and John Moore had in their first game with the team.

-The New York Daily News' recap. "The guys came in, shook our hands and we went out and played." - Rangers forwad Brian Boyle on his new teammates.

-The Associated Press recap. "I thought the compete level from the Rangers and their game was very high, and we certainly didn't match it. It wasn't there. I think that was evident throughout." - Dan Bylsma speaks.

-Highlights:

-Tanner Glass versus New York's Arron Asham:

-A few good looks at the fight:

-Marc-Andre Fleury had a good look at this shot by New York's Ryan McDonagh:

-Happy times for Richards and Brassard:

-Richards got the better of his former Stars teammate Brenden Morrow here:

-Happy times in his new home for Moore:

-Welcome to New York Ryane Clowe:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Jarome Iginla speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-"I don't think I can try to be a player like Sidney Crosby. There's only one Sidney Crosby in the world." -  Jussi Jokinen on joining the Penguins.

-"It wasn’t about him or him as a player. It was about what we’re doing in going forward, payroll-wise." - Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford on trading Jokinen.

-Jokinen speaks:

-Ray Shero speaks:

-The Penguins assigned defenseman Simon Despres to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on paper to make him eligible for the AHL postseason.

-The Penguins signed defensive prospect Harrison Ruopp to a three-year entry-level contract. (PG+) Ruopp, 20, appeared in 65 games this season for the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders and scored 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) while recording 132 penalty minutes. Ruopp (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) was acquired at last year's draft in a deal which sent Zbyenk Michalek to the Coyotes.

-The Penguins traded goaltending prospect Patrick Killeen to the Blue Jackets in exchange for future considerations. (PG+) A sixth round pick in 2008, Killeen appeared in 35 games this season with Wheeling and Orlando of the ECHL this season.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Needham (right). A sixth-round pick in 1989, Needham spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Recalled by the Penguins from Muskegon of the IHL during the 1992 playoffs, appreared in five games for the Penguins during that Stanley Cup run and scored a goal as the franchise won its second championship. Needham formed the short-lived "Muskegon Line" with Jock Callendar and Dave Michayluk. Needham spent the bulk of the 1992-93 season in Pittsburgh and recorded 13 points in 56 games. During that spring's postseason, he saw action in nine games and scored one goal. The following season, he appeared in 25 games and scored one goal for the Penguins before being traded to the Stars in exchange for Jim McKenzie. In 81 regular season games with the Penguins, Needham recorded 14 points. In 14 postseason games, he scored two goals.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Lasse Pirjeta. Acquired at the 2004 trade deadline in a deal which sent Brian Holzinger to the Blue Jackets, Pirjeta spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. Pirjeta finished 2003-04 by playing in 13 games and scoring 12 points for the Penguins. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Pirjeta appeared in 25 games for the Penguins in 2005-06 and scored seven points. Midway through the season, he was assigned to Kloten of the NLA in Switzerland. In 38 games with the Penguins, he recorded 19 points.

-After the jump: A busy trade deadline day.

Atlantic Division

-Simon Gagne and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers in a 5-3 win against the Canadiens. Ilya Bryzgalov made 14 saves for Philadelphia. David Desharnais and Alexei Emelin each collected a goal and an assist for Montreal.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Montreal's Brandon Prust:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Desharnais scored when Bryzgalov, whose specific job is to get in the way of pucks shot on net, literally dodged a puck shot on net:

-Montreal's Lars Eller and Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux had issues:

-Bryzgalov alone with his thoughts:

-Flyers forward/antagonist Zac Rinaldo will be sidelined indefinitely due to a left high ankle sprain.

-The Flyers acquired goaltender Steve Mason from the Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and a third-round draft pick in 2015. Mason, 24,is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.9 million. Mason has appeared in 17 games this season has a 3-6-1 record, 2.95 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. Leighton, 31, is on the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $900,000. In one NHL game this season, Leighton has a 0-1-0 record with a 5.08 goals against average and .808 save percentage.

-EN Says: What in the world are the Flyers doing? They had a good backup goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky who they traded last summer to the Blue Jackets. That left them soley dependent on the inconsistent Ilya Bryzgalov who has been very hit or miss this season. In the meantime, Bobrovsky has developed into a star for Columbus and has pushed that franchise into playoff contention. Mason (right), a former Calder Trophy winner, has become expendable as his play has gradually declined. Bringing him in potentially pushes Bryzgalov for playing time but how will the enegmatic Bryzgalov react to his prsence? Columbus wins this deal.

-The Rangers traded forward Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore. Gaborik, 31, is signed through 2013-14 with a salary cap hit of $7.5 million. In 35 games this season, he has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists). Brassard, 25, is signed through 2013-14 with a salary cap hit of $3.2 million. In 35 games this season, he has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists). Dorsett, 26, is signed through 2014-15 with a salary cap hit of $1,633,333. Expected to miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury, Dorsett has 24 appeared in 24 games this season and has nine points (three goals, six assists) and 53 penalty minutes. Moore, 22, is in the first-year of an entry-level contract. A first-round pick in 2009 (No. 21 overall), Moore has appeared in 18 games this season and has two points (one goal, one assist).

-EN Says: This is a good trade for both franchises. First, the Blue Jackets went out and got a legit all-star-caliber first-line winger. Columbus is making a surprising playoff push and decided to go out and make a big move in order to give itself a better chance. This is a move which helps the franchise on and off the ice in so many ways. Gaborik's production has suffered under head coach John Tortorella's defensive approach in recent years and their relationship has grown toxic. The Blue Jackets have a more offensive approach and one would presume Gaborik's (right) game will benefit from the change. The Rangers add a few players who can help in the immediate sense but they also will aid the team down the road as all three are signed beyond this season. Brassard is former first-rounder who has had his career derailed by shoulder ailments. Dorsett is an energy player who, once he's healthy, can provide some toughness in the void of Brandon Prust who left the team as a free agent this past offseason. Moore is a top prospect who in the immediate sense, can help fill the void of the injured Marc Staal. Down the road, Moore can develop into a potential top-two defenseman.

-The Flyers recalled goaltender Cal Heeter from Adirondack of the AHL.

-The Devils re-acquired former Penguins forward Steve Sullivan from the Coyotes in exchange for seventh-round pick in 2014. Sullivan, 38, is on a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $2.6 million. In 33 games this season, Sullivan has 12 points (five goals, seven assists).

-EN Says: Sullivan (right) returns to New Jersey where he started his career in 1995-96. As he did in Pittsburgh, he will offer a bost to the team's offense, particiuarly on a power-play which is stagnant at 17.6 percent. With Ilya Kovalchuk sidelined due to a a shoulde injury, Sullivan is a stop gap measure for the team's offense. THe Coyotes were sellers at this trade deadline.

-The Islanders signed defenseman Andrey Pedan, a third-round pick in 2009, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Islanders assigned forward David Ullstrom to Bridgeport of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins acquired defenseman Wade Redden from the Blues in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Redden, 35, is on a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $1 million. In 23 games this season, Redden has five points (two goals, three assists).

-EN Says: This is a depth move. The Bruins want some compeition to fill out their bottom defensive pairing and at this stage of his career, that's what Redden is. Don't expect him to make or break the Bruins' roster.

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron will be sideined indefinitely after suffering the fourth concussion of his career.

-With Bergeron on the mend, the Bruins will slide Tyler Seguin to center between wingers Brad Marchand and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

-“It’s not easy, but I’m coming to a great team with some great guys . . . a lot of humor. I think they’re going to make it easy for me. I think it’s all going to take time. I didn’t come here to play in one game. I came here to play in many more games, so it’s going to take time to see what works best." - Jagr on joining the Bruins.

-The Senators acquired rookie forward Cory Conacher (right) from the Lightning in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop. Conacher, 23, is in the first year of a two-year entry-level contract. Conacher has appeared in 35 games this season and has 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists). Bishop, 26, is in a final year of a salary contract with a cap hit of $650,000 and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this upcoming offseason. Bishop has appeared in 13 games this season and has an 8-5-0 record with a 2.45 goals against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout.

-EN Says: This is a classic case of each team dealing from an area of strength to fill a void. Conacher is a waterbug (5-foot-8, 180 pounds) of a slick puckhandler who provides offense on a team dealing with a ton of injuries to its offensive stars. Bishop is a large goaltender (6-foot-7, 215 pounds) who gives the Lightning a better option in net over journeymen Mathieu Garon and Anders Lindback. Both teams appear to benefit immediatley from this deal.

-"He’s a gritty guy, he’s not afraid to go to the net and spear the goalie or anything like that. He’s a good player, he’s got a nose for the net and I’m sure he’ll fit in well (with the Senators). He’s always going into the scrums and stuff.” - Bishop on Conacher.

-The Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Ryan O'Byrne (right) from the Avalanche in exchange for fourth-round pick in 2014. O'Bryne, 28, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.8 million. In 34 games this season, O'Bryne has four points (one goal, three assists) and 54 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: O'Bryne is a big (6-foot-5, 234 pounds), nasty physical defender who doesn't have much touch with the puck or speed. He gives Toronto another option to fill out its bottom defensive pairing. Colorado, a seller, moved an expiring contract for a draft pick.

-The Maple Leafs signed defenseman Andrew MacWilliam, a seventh-round pick in 2008, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-Montreal recalled forward Gabriel Dumont from Hamilton of the AHL.

-The Canadiens signed forward Danny Kristo, a second-round pick in 2008, to a two-year entry-level contract.

Southeast Division

-The Capitals acquired forward Martin Erat and forward prospect Michael Latta from the Predators in exchange for forward prospect Filip Forsberg. Erat, 31, is signed through 2014-15 with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million. In 36 games this season, Erat has 21 points (four goals, 17 assists). Latta, 21, is in the first year of a three-year entry-level contract. In 67 games with Milwaukee of the AHL this season, Latta has 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists). Forsberg, an unsigned prospect, was the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft. In 38 games with Leksand of Sweden's Allsvenskan league this season, he has 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists).

-“It’s never good to hear that somebody doesn’t want to play for you anymore; you can’t sugarcoat that. Marty has been a good player for us; he has been a good person. I’m disappointed it ended this way, but we got a lot of good service out of him, and he played hard, and if you don’t believe you don’t believe. I don’t like it, but it’s time to move on, and we’ve dealt with it and moved on.” - Predators general manager David Poile on Erat (right).

-EN Says: Erat is a crafty, skilled winger who will boost the offense for the Capitals and give them a little help on the second line. Latta is a physical, playmaking center who projects as a second- or third-liner at the NHL. Forsberg is one of the top unsigned prospects in the world who has unlimited potential. The Capitals got an immediate boost for their team but Forsberg is a hefty price to pay.

-The Panthers signed forward Nick Bjugstad, a first-round pick in 2010 (No. 19 overall), to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Florida assigned Greg Rallo to San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Hurricanes assigned defenseman Brett Bellemore to Charlotte of the AHL.

forward Greg Rallo
forward Greg Rallo

-The Jets claimed forward Mike Santorelli off waivers from the Panthers.

-Winnipeg recalled forward Aaron Gagnon from St. John's of the AHL and assigned forward Patrice Cormier to St. John's.

-The Lightning recalled forwards forwards Dana Tyrell and Brett Connolly from Syracuse of the AHL and assigned forwards Mike Angelidis, Ondrej Palat, defenseman Andrej Sustr and goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to Syracuse.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets acquired forward Blake Comeau (right) from the Flames in exchange for fifth-round pick in 2013. Comeau, 27, is on a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $1.25 million. In 33 games this season, Comeau has seven points (four goals, three assists).

-EN Says: The Flames were sellers at this trade deadline and dealing an underachiever such as Comeau for a mid-round pick is a win. Comeau has shown an ability to be a 20-goal scorer in the past. Perhaps he can get a boost from a change of scenery by  joining a team in the playoff hunt.

-“When a player of (Gaborik’s caliber) became available, we were quite excited about it. This is an explosive player. We worked on it for quite a while. We’re looking at this as a long-term solution, not a rental. He’s under contract through next season, and we would like to see the relationship continue beyond that.” - Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on acquiring forward Marian Gaborik from the Rangers.

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa (right) is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Blues after being sidelined since mid-March due to a shoulder injury.

-The Blackhawks recalled forward Brandon Bollig from Rockford of the AHL.

-The Red Wings recalled defenseman Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids of the AHL and signed undrafted goaltender Jared Coreau, formerly of Northern Michigan University, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Blues signed forward Dmitrij Jaskin, a second-round pick in 2011, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Northwest Division

-Taylor Hall had a goal and four assists for the Oilers in an 8-2 rout of the Flames. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a goal and three assists for Edmonton while teammates Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov each scored two goals. Devan Dubnyk made 19 saves in the win. Matt Stajan scored two goals for Calgary.

-The Oilers scored on a version of the Whitney Play with... former Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney:

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Yakupov off a bouncing pass:

-Check out this pass by Hall to set up Eberle:

-Check out this pass off a faceoff win by Edmonton's Ryan Smyth to set up Yakupov for a goal:

-Yakupov and Calgary's Curtis Glencross had issues:

-Calgary's Tim Jackman got the better of Whitney here:

-The Oilers acquired forward Jerred Smithson from the Panthers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2014. Smithson, 34, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $800,000. In 35 games this season, Smithson has five points (two goals, three assists).

-EN Says: The Oilers are making a push for the postseason and Smithson adds to their bottom two lines. He's a defensive forward who can win faceoffs. The Panthers are sellers and moved an expiring contrat for a draft pick.

-Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who has a no-trade clause, nixed a potential trade to the  Maple Leafs.

-The Flames placed defenseman Derek Smith (knee) on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Brett Carson from Abbotsford of the AHL. Calgary also recalled forward Roman Horak from Abbotsford.

-The Wild acquired forwards Jason Pominville (right) and a fourth-round pick in 2014 from the Sabres in exchange for forward Johan Larsson, goaltender Matt Hackett, a first-round pick in 2013 and a second-round pick in 2014. Pominville, 30, is signed through 2013-14 with a salary cap hit of $5.3 million. In 37 games this season, Pominville has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists). Hackett, 23, is in the final year of an entry-level contract. In 43 games with the AHL's Houston Aeros this season, Hackett, has a 19-20-3 record with a 2.66 goals against average and .907 save percentage. Larsson, 20, is in the first year of a three-year entry-level contract. In 62 games with Houston this season, Larsson has 38 points (15 goals, 22 assists).

-EN Says: The Sabres are clearly in sell-off mode and they got quite a return for their former captain. Larsson is a slick playmaker who projects as a top-six forward. Hackett is a decent goaltending prospect who, if nothing else, will provide some organizational depth at the position. For the Wild, it adds another talented top-six forward to an already talented group. The Wild is serious about making a long run to the postseason and this move boosts those hopes.

-The Wild recalled forward Mikael Granlund from Houston of the AHL. Minnesota also recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from Houston.

-Vancouver recalled forward Zack Kassian from Chicago of the AHL and assigned forward Bill Sweatt to Chicago.

Pacific Division

-Martin Havlat and captain Joe Thornton each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks in a 4-2 win against the Wild. Brent Burns recorded two assists for San Jose while Antti Niemi made 31 saves in the victory.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Havlat:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this coast-to-coast effort by San Jose's Dan Boyle:

-Happy times in San Jose:

-Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom fought off this puck:

-Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was fined $8,378 for engaging in a stick-swinging incident with Wild forward Dany Heatley at the end of the game.

-Captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists for the Ducks in a 5-2 win against the Stars. Viktor Fasth made 23 saves for Anaheim.

-Check out this pass by Getzlaf to set up Radek Dvorak for a goal:

-Check out this power move out of the left wing corner which led to a goal by Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri:

-Check out the placement on this backhander by Getzlaf:

-Stars defenseman and former Penguin Alex Goligoski put something on this puck here:

-The Ducks had a flash mob at the game:

-The Ducks acquired forward Matthew Lombardi from the Coyotes in exchange for forward Brandon McMillan. Lombardi, 31, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million. In 21 games this season, Lombardi has eight points (four goals, four assists). McMillan, 23, is in the final year of an entry-level contract. In six NHL games this season, McMillan has one point.

-EN Says: The Coyotes were sellers at this deadline and this is a case of moving a veteran with an expiring contract for a prospect. Lombardi is a two-way center who can will faceoffs and kill penalties. He will boost the Ducks' penalty kill which is one of the league's worst at 79.0 percent this season. McMillan projects as a two-way forward at the NHL level.

-The Sharks acquired forward Raffi Torres from the Coyotes in exchange for third-round pick in 2013. Torres, 31, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.75 million. In 28 games, Torres has 12 points (five goals, seven assists).

-EN Says: After dealing away Ryane Clowe, the Sharks needed to replace some of that toughness and Torres is a fierce of a forechecker as you'll find in the NHL. He has cleaned up his game this season and has avoided dangerous, illegal hits. A veterans of runs to Stanley Cup Finals with the Oilers and Canucks, Torres also offers some impressive postseason experience. The Coyotes were sellers.

-The Sharks re-acquired defenseman Scott Hannan (right) from the Predators for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2013. Hannan, 34, is on a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $1 million. In 29 games this season, Hannan, who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Sharks, has one assist this season.

-EN Says: Hannan isn't nearly as effective of a physical defensive entity as he once was, but he's still a pretty intelligent tough player who will help the Sharks replace some of the tougness they lost on the blue line by dealing Douglas Murray to the Penguins. Nashville got what it could for an expiring contract.

-The Coyotes recalled forwards Chris Brown and Chris Conner, a former Penguin, from Portland of the AHL.

-The Stars activated forward Ryan Garbutt (wrist) from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Jordie Benn and forward Colton Sceviour to Texas of the AHL.

-“I was with my roommate in a movie theater, and my phone was on silent. After the movie was done, I checked my phone and saw I had around 70 text messages. I wasn’t sure what was going on. I thought someone died that I knew. I checked my messages and everyone said that I was traded to Dallas.” - Stars defensive prospect Joe Morrow on being traded by the Penguins last month in exchange for forward Brenden Morrow.

-"I think there's a good chance we can retain him. This wasn't looked at as just a player for a rental. We're looking at this as a guy that can fit with us for a number of years." - Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on potentially re-signing defenseman Robyn Regehr (right). Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, Regehr was acquired in a trade from Buffalo this week.

Norris Division

-Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid was named the Ontario Hockey League's rookie of the year.

(Photos: Penguins/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Frank Franklin II/Associated Press; Needham-Penguins Hockey Cards; Canadiens/Flyers-Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Mason, Sullivan and Erat-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Gaborik-Elsa/Getty Images; Conacher-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; O'Bryne-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Comeau and Hannan-Harry How/Getty Images; Hossa-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Oilers/Flames-Jordan Verlage/Getty Images; Pominville and Regehr-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Wild/Sharks-Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press; Ducks/Stars-Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

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