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Empty Netter Assists - 05-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Former Penguins forward Miroslav Satan (above) announced his retirement. A free agent signing in 2008, Satan spent one season with the Penguins in 2008-09. In 65 regular season games, he had 36 points. During the 2009 postseason, Satan played in 17 games and scored seven points while helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. In addition to the Penguins, Satan, 39, played for the Oilers, Sabres, Islanders and Bruins. In 1,050 career regular season games, Satan scored 735 points. He spent the last four seasons playing in Europe.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins prepare for a Game 7 tonight against the Providence Bruins in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Neaton. A seventh-round pick in 1990, Neaton's entire NHL career amounted to nine games and two points with the 1993-94 Penguins. After that season, he moved on to the San Diego Gulls of the IHL.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Reid Simpson. A free agent signing in the 2003 offseason, Simpson's Penguins career amounted to two games, no points and 17 penalty minutes in 2003-04. He was released in the 2004 offseason.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-"You know what, to win a hockey game you need some breaks and we didn’t have any breaks yesterday. The Rangers got their breaks and they capitalized on their breaks. We didn’t get some calls yesterday, but you know what, momentum changes really quickly in the playoffs. This is my experience. You get one win, and then after that, you know, the momentum can change really quick.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

-Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (right) credits Jets coach Paul Maurice with helping him find a place in the NHL. Zuccarello played for Maurice with Mettalurg Magnitogorsk of Russia's KHL.

Blackhawks - Kings

-Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a "lower-body" injury in Game 1 of his team's second round series against the Wild.

-Former Penguins prospect Jake Muzzin has teamed up with Drew Doughty to form the Kings' top defensive duo.

IIHF World Championship

-Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves for Russia in a 2-1 defeat of Belarus. Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Russia.

-Malkin couldn't put this puck behind Belarus' Kevin Lalande:

-Bobrovsky's tower was buzzed by this puck:

-Two goals and an assist from Capitals forward Joel Ward led Canada to a 3-2 win against Norway.

-Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar scored two goals for Slovakia which beat Denmark, 4-3.

-Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka had a goal and two assists for the Czech Republic in a 5-4 overtime win against France.

-Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra made 26 saves for Switzerland in a 3-2 defeat of Latvia.

-Switzerland's Thomas Rufenacht did every thing he could to keep this puck out:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Pacific Division

-The Canucks are expected to name Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning as their next general manager.

Smythe Division

-Former Blues/Coyotes/Stars/Kings forward Ladislav Nagy has joined HC Slovan Bratislava of Russia's KHL.

-Former Devils goaltender Jeff Frazee has joined SønderjyskE of Denmark's Metal Liagen.

(Photos: Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images and Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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VCU transfer Lyles commits to Robert Morris

Written by Craig Meyer on .

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One day before the deadline for National Letters of Intent, Robert Morris was one player below the NCAA Division I limit for scholarships with 12 (six returning players, six incoming freshmen/transfers for next year). Tuesday, the 13th and final piece to that puzzle was added and the team's 2014 recruiting class was complete.

The Colonials received a commitment from Virginia Commonwealth transfer Jairus Lyles, according to a report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Per NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit next season, but beyond that, he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Lyles becomes the seventh scholarship player of the 2014 class (eighth overall), one that will play a crucial role in filling out the depth and talent left behind by graduations and suspensions from last season.

Rated as a three-star player coming out of high school by Rivals, Scout and ESPN, he committed to Shaka Smart and the Rams over a host of other schools, a group that included an offer from Oklahoma State. In his lone season in Richmond, the DeMatha Catholic (Maryland) product averaged 0.6 points per game while playing 2.6 minutes per game.

From all scouting reports and evaluations, the 6-2 Lyles is a combo guard with an inordinate amount of speed, something which allows him to effectively get to the rim and create offense.

As always, for those who prefer video to words, here are some highlights below from Lyles back when he was in high school. The highlight tape features several different players, so to see Lyles, skip forward to the 1:48 mark.

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 05-20-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Kris Letang (above) suffered a foot injury in Game 6 of the Penguins' second round series against the Rangers.

-Pat Brisson, agent for Sidney Crosby and several other NHLers, shot down speculation he was interested in the Penguins' vacant general manager position.

-The Pensblog takes a good hard look at David Morehouse.

-Peter Mannino made 12 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who lost to the Bruins, 4-1, in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The series is tied, 3-3. The Penguins will host Game 7 Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.

-Highlights:

-Happy 68th birthday to former Penguins general manager, head coach and Hockey Hall of Fame member Craig Patrick. One of the most important figures in the history of the Penguins, Patrick served as the team's general manager from 1989 until 2006. During that time, he directed the club to two Stanley Cup titles, one Presidents' Trophy, five division titles, 11 consecutive playoff appearances and 575 wins. Patrick also had two unsuccessful stints as the team's coach in 1990 and 1997. Overall, his coaching record with the team was 29-36-9. He is currently an advisor for the Blue Jackets.

-After the Jump: The Canadiens lose Game 2 and Carey Price.

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Steelers rookie camp had Gateway foursome ..... Sto-Rox hires football coach ..... Baseball awards

Written by Mike White on .

The Steelers held a rookie minicamp this past weekend, an event that included 20 undrafted players who were invited for tryouts.

The group of 20 certainly had a strong Gateway flavor.

Four of the 20 players were graduates of Gateway High School who played for coach Terry Smith. They were Dayonne Nunley, Dorian Bell, Corey Brown and Delbert Tyler. They are pictured below from left to right.

Gateway players-Steelers

Nunley played at Miami (Ohio). Bell was a highly-touted linebacker who originally went to Ohio State, but eventually had to leave the team and finished his career at Duquesne University. Brown played at Ohio State, and Tyler at Hampton.

Sto-Rox hires Ruscitto

Jason Ruscitto is back for his second stint as football coach at Sto-Rox.

Ruscitto has been hired to take over for Dan Bradley, who left to become Ambridge's coach. Ruscitto is quite familiar with the Sto-Rox program. He was the Vikings' coach from 2004-09, when he compiled a 36-20 record. He was 30-10 the final four seasons.

Ruscitto's contract wasn't renewed after the 2009 season. He then coached East Allegheny for one season in 2012 and went 1-8.

Baseball awards

The WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association today announced its yearly baseball awards. All of the award winners will be honored at the WBCA awards banquet June 5. They will also be recognized at the WBCA all-star games June 8 at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.

The players of the year are: Norwin's J.J. Matijevic (Class AAAA and pictured), Montour's Brian Penz (AAA), Neshannock's Ernie Burkes (AA) and Vincentian's Phil Madonna (A).Brendan McKay

The pitchers of the year are: Butler's Wyatt Dougherty (AAAA), Blackhawk's Brendan McKay (AAA and pictured), South Side Beaver's Dustin Lander (AA) and California's Josh Luko (A).

The coaches of the year are: Butler's Todd Erdos (AAAA), Laurel Highlands' Scott DeBerry (AAA), South Side Beaver's Chip Hunter (AA) and California's Nick Damico (A).

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 05-19-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Whoever takes over as the Penguins' general manager, they'll inherit a difficult situation with the team's salary cap.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Andreas Johansson (right). Acquired early in the 1996-97 season along with Darius Kasparaitis in a deal which sent Bryan Smolinski to the Islanders, Johansson spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 27 games that season, Johansson recorded nine points. In 1997-98, Johansson appeared in 50 games and recorded 15 points. The 1998 offseason saw him sign as a free agent with the Senators.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Wayne Van Dorp. Acquired early in the 1987-88 season along with Paul Coffey and Dave Hunter in exchange for for Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan, Moe Mantha and Chris Joseph, Van Dorp's Penguins career amounted to 25 games and four points with the club that campaign. In the 1988 offseason, he was traded to the Sabres for future considerations.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks take Game 1 from the Kings, Alex Ovechkin is injured and R.J. Umberger wants a trade.

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