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Empty Netter Assists - 06-14-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"If we don't have a deal by the draft, does that mean we're trading him? I can't speculate. You never want to say a player can't be traded or will never be traded. It's hard to do that." - Ray Shero on the future of Kris Letang in the wake of Evgeni Malkin's new contract.

-How high does Malkin's contract set the bar for other contracts signed under the new collective bargaining agreement?

-Former Penguins forward and Fox Chapel native Bill Thomas has joined Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

-Today would have been the 84th birthday of former Penguins coach Johnny Wilson. Hired in the 1977 offseason, Wilson spent three seasons as the team's head coach. During his tenure, Wilson coached 240 games and had a record of 91-105-44 and reached the playoffs two times. He was replaced in the 1980 offseason by Eddie Johnston. Wilson passed away Dec. 27, 2011 at the age of 82.

Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-Bruins forward Nathan Horton is day to day due to an "upper-body" injury. He is believed to have suffered a separated left shoulder initially suffered in a fight with the Penguins' Jarome Iginla, April 20.

-"I woke up early. My neighbor decided he was going to drill in the morning. That was not very pleasant. Hopefully he is going to get the message for next time and he won't drill." - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa on not getting much sleep after the marathon Game 1 which went to three overtimes.

-"You watch the video afterward and you see the excitement and the chances and everything else, the only thing I would be mad about is the fact that we didn’t win. Other than that, this was a great hockey game for people to watch. It was a great hockey game. I thought both teams played well. I don’t think there should be any disappointment in what happened last night, except for us not getting the win that we wanted.’’ - Bruins coach Claude Julien on Game 1 which his team lost, 4-3.

-“It’s the best-of-seven. It’s not the best-of-one.” - Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (right).

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto underwent surgery for a sports hernia.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs signed forward/enforcer Colton Orr to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.85 million. On the final year of a contract with salary cap hit of $1 million, Orr's new deal will have a cap hit of $925,000. In 44 games last season, Orr, 31, had four points (one goal, three assists) and 155 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: Even if he's taking a bit of a pay cut, this is a lot to pay for an enforcer. Orr can play the game a little bit more than most enforcers but this is still too much for what his role is.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning signed undrafted forward Retu Suri to a one-year two-way contract.

Pacific Division

-Stars forward prospect Scott Winkler was found dead in his home in Norway. Details on his death have not been revealed. Winkler, 23, was a third-round pick by Dallas in 2008 and had just finished his senior season at Colorado College.

Smythe Division

-Former Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov (right) has joined Dynamo Moscow of Russia's KHL.

-Former Avalanche/Blues forward T.J. Hensick has joined MODO of Sweden's Elitserien.

(Photos: Letang and Komarov-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Bergeron-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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