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Empty Netter Assists - 06-11-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-What are Beau Bennett's and Simon Despres' futures with the Penguins?

-What are the Penguins' options with Marc-Andre Fleury and the coaching staff?

-Former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev (right) has joined Visp of Switzerland's NLB.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Kip Miller. Claimed off waivers from the Islanders prior to the 1998-99 season, Miller spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Playing much of 1998-99 alongside Jaromir Jagr, Miller recorded a career-high 42 points in 77 games. During the 1999 postseason, he played in 13 games and contributed nine points. After appearing in 44 games and recording 19 points in 1999-2000, Miller was traded to the Mighty Ducks in exchange for a draft pick in January. He returned to the Penguins in the 2000 offseason as a free signing and saw action in 33 games in 2000-01 while scoring 11 points. In the 2001 offseason, Miller joined the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. A member of the renown Michigan State Miller family (brother Kevin also played with the Penguin), Kip Miller is one four former Hobey Baker Award (college hockey's Heisman Trophy) to have played for the Penguins (Brian Bonin, Bryan Holzinger and Jordan Leopold are the others.) In 154 games with the Penguins, Miller recorded 72 points.

-Today would've been the 44th birthday of former Penguins defenseman Bryan Fogarty. Acquired at the 1992 trade deadline in a deal which sent Scott Young to the Quebec Nordiques, Fogarty's Penguins' career amounted to 12 games and four assists in 1992-93. In the 1993 offseason, he signed with the expansion Tampa Bay Lighting. Fogarty who battled alcohol and drug addiction throughout his career, passed away March 6, 2002.

Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-‘‘He’s not on billboards. He’s not a superstar. He’s not the poster boy for anybody but I think he likes that. He’s an unbelievable team guy that just wants to be there with his teammates. And I think that’s more important than anything.’’ - Bruins forward Shawn Thornton on teammate David Krejci who leads the postseason in scoring with 21 points.

-“I think that when you lose, there’s nothing to hang your hat on. There’s absolutely no satisfaction with second place in this sport. It’s about the worst feeling I had in hockey, especially having that as your first experience (in the finals.)" - Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference (right) on the experience of losing a Stanley Cup final as he did in 2004 with the Flames.

-‘‘If you look at the scores in the Western playoffs, it’s always low scores — 2-1, 3-2. We don’t mind playing those games. We can win those types of games. We can do it.’’ - Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik on potentially playing a tight defensive series against the Bruins.

-‘‘Maybe he won’t see me if I’m standing in front of him. He might have a blind spot there. He’s a big boy, and I look forward to battling with him.’’ - Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) on potentially battling Bruins captain/defenseman Zdeno Chara (6-foot-9, 255 pounds).

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-According to ESPN's Katie Strang, the Rangers have received permission from the Sabres to talk to former head coach Lindy Ruff about their vacant coaching position. Ruff was fired by the Sabres this past season but is still under contract.

Central Division

-The Predators signed defenseman Roman Josi (right) to a seven-year contract worth a total of $28 million. On the final year of an entry-level contract, his new deal will have a salary cap hit of $4 million. Josi, 23, appeared in 48 games this past season and had 18 points.

-EN Says: Josi is a nice but hardly spectacular player. He has a significant amount of of upside but little in the way of results in two NHL seasons. The Predators a investing in his potential more than anything. That said, if a marginal player like Josi is worth $4 million, what is an all-star like Kris Letang potentially worth as a free agent next summer?

Northwest Division

-“Our job now is to make this coach stay as long as he can.” - Oilers forward Taylor Hall on new head coach Dallas Eakins.

Pacific Division

-“Honestly, winning is my No. 1 priority, and I feel this team has good chance to win. I believe in what they are doing and where they want to go. At my age, winning is very important.” - Former Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar (right) on his decision to sign with the stars.

-Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr will undergo arm surgery.

-The Kings have granted NHL teams permission to talk to assistant coach John Stevens about head coaching positions.

-The Ducks hired former Flames/Sabres/Wild/Oilers/Islanders/Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson as a goaltending consultant.

Patrick Division

-Former Capitals/Coyotes/Blue Jackets/Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto has joined Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of Russia's KHL.

-Former Blackhawks/Hurricanes/Flames defenseman Anton Babchuk has joined Salavat Yulaev Ufa of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Kovalev-eBay; Ference-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Josi-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Gonchar-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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