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Stempniak Staying In Phoenix

via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Unrestricted free agent Lee Stempniak signed a two-year contract Sunday night, according to league sources.

The deal reportedly is worth $1.75 million per year and officially will be announced Monday.

added 1:23pm,

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed right wing Lee Stempniak to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have signed Lee to a two-year contract,” said Maloney. “He played a key offensive role with our team down the stretch last season. He is just entering the prime of his career and we look forward to him having continued success with our organization.”

Stempniak, 27, split last season between Toronto and Phoenix, recording 28-20-48 and 26 PIM in a total of 80 games. His 28 goals on the season represented a new career-high for the six-year veteran. After collecting 14-16-30 in 62 games with the Maple Leafs, Stempniak was acquired by the Coyotes on Mar. 3, 2010 in exchange for defenseman Matt Jones, a fourth round choice and a seventh round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Nathan's avatar

That’s it? Guess the inflation of salaries has truly cut off. I would’ve figured at least one time would’ve looked at his post-deadline scoring and taken a flier on a higher paying one or two year deal. Maybe there are more incentives?

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/30/10 at 10:21 AM ET

landsharkhockey's avatar

What took so long to get this done?  Stempniak is one of the toughest players to guauge going into this season.  will the hot streak continue?

Posted by landsharkhockey on 08/30/10 at 10:44 AM ET

Colossal Cap Hit's avatar

The hot streak already ended. Stempniak did nothing in the playoffs. If you look at his numbers more closely, you know the scoring streak was an anomaly in more ways than one. He didn’t live up to his big contract, so he had to take a pay cut.

Posted by Colossal Cap Hit on 08/30/10 at 01:31 PM ET

Primis's avatar

What took so long to get this done?  Stempniak is one of the toughest players to guauge going into this season.

Posted by landsharkhockey on 08/30/10 at 08:44 AM ET

You answered your own question.  He’s a Jekyll/Hyde, and he has yet to prove he can produce anything resembling consistently.

That’s why he waited so long—I’m sure he and his agent wanted much more than this, but everybody else looked at his track record and shied away at the price.

Good signign for PHX.,  Not great, but good.  A good guy for them to bring back.  If he starts scoring again, he’s worht it, and if he doesn’t they’re out very little and at least they tried.

Posted by Primis on 08/30/10 at 02:46 PM ET

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