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from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,
Every year, it is the same.
The trade deadline approaches and Lee Stempniak mentally packs his bags and waits for the phone call that will tell him where he’ll be moving next. It’s not that he’s Chicken Little worried that the sky is falling. He’s just realistic.
Stempniak, an 11-year veteran for the New Jersey Devils, has played for eight different teams. He’s been traded four times, including at each of the last two deadlines. He might not be at the level of Mike “Suitcase” Sillinger, who was traded a record nine times, but he’s already got more jerseys than there are days of the week.
“Change is not always bad,” said Stempniak, a pending unrestricted free agent who leads the New Jersey Devils with 41 points in 62 games. “I’ve been through it before three times. I’ve always sort of prepared for it.”
While Stempniak used to get anxious around this time of year, it’s a little different this season. For one, the Devils headed into Friday night’s NHL games one point out of the final wild card spot, meaning they are probably buying rather than selling assets. And more importantly, his wife is not pregnant this time around.
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
It is being called one of the biggest free agent bargains in the NHL this past offseason. After a training camp tryout, veteran winger Lee Stempniak was signed by the Devils to a one-year, $850,000 contract.
So far Stempniak has scored 14 points in 17 games while fitting in perfectly as the Devils' first-line right winger. He's scored an overtime goal to defeat the Rangers at the Garden and the tying goal in Ottawa with 32 seconds remaining before winning that game against the Senators with his shootout goal.
But when Stempniak's name comes up in conversation, the talk usually centers on the fact that he's played for eight different NHL teams and been traded five times. The West Seneca, N.Y., native is the definition of well-traveled.
So how come nobody wants Stempniak? Or how come everybody wants him?
"There's value in him. He gets traded for draft picks or players, so I think there is value there," Devils GM Ray Shero told NJ Advance Media.
via an email from the New Jersey Devils,
New Jersey has agreed to terms with forward Lee Stempniak on a one-year deal worth $850,000.
Stempniak was on a PTO with the Devils.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
It’s late August and despite discussions with “a lot of teams,” Stempniak remains unsigned. Why? What is he after: Money? Security? Ice time?
“It’s a combination of everything. For me, at my age, winning is important. I’ve been on some good teams and some teams that have finished near the bottom in my career,” he explains. “You want to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup and get in the playoffs. I’m looking for the right opportunity with a team that’s capable of winning.
“It’s been slow for a lot of guys. There’s still a lot of good players that are out there. I continue to talk to teams. It’s just about finding the right fit.”
Four teams in the last two years have decided to trade him or let his deal expire, yet Stempniak is training as diligently as ever.
Cue the "marriage of convenience" depth trade:
added 6:40pm, Winnipeg release is below...
By mid-July standards, this Tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger counts as breaking news:
Having lost Brian Boyle to Tampa Bay, Stempniak's a solid-enough replacement.
Update: Here comes Sportsnet...
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Lee Stempniak
“We like what Lee Stempniak brings to our line-up, and our team missed him a lot with an injury last year,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We believe Lee continues to have strong upside offensively, and he has demonstrated that he can be responsible at both ends of the ice. His skating style and willingness to get in on the forecheck will fit-in nicely with Bob Hartley’s up-tempo style, and he provides the coaching staff with more options on the power play.”
As the Flambe embark upon another heated training camp, GM Feaster has once again shown he may be the Alex Anthopoulos of the NHL. He has traded a soon to be 35 year old curmudgeon with a $4.5M cap hit for a 29 year old $1.9 M with his best days ahead. The excited new asset goes by the name of Lee Stempniak. The departed, if your twitter machine or rabbits ears are broken, is the much revered Daymond Langkow.
From Dan Tencer via Twitter:
Langkow trade is confirmed…waiting on full details.
Darren Dreger via Twitter:
Langkow trade to Phoenix is pending a physical.
Update 3:16pm ET: From TSN—
The Calgary Flames have traded veteran centre Daymond Langkow to the Phoenix Coyotes pending a physical. Langkow, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2011-12 season, is scheduled to make $4.5M.
Update 4:00pm ET: From Kevin Allen via his Twitter, this tidbit:
The hold-up in the Langkow trade: the player going to Calgary has not been notified.
Update 4:23pm ET: Josh Rimer reports—
CONFIRMED: Thru NHL Source Lee Stempniak is player headed to Calgary for Langkow. Still has not been notified.
Update 4:38pm ET: Calgary Flames press release confirming deal—
It’s early, sure, but let’s raise a glass to my three stars of yesterday’s NHL action:
***Cheers to New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who blanked Montreal as his Devil teammates notched a goal in each of the game’s three periods en route to a 3-0 win. Brodeur extended his all-time record with the 112th shutout of his brilliant career. Zach Parise, Jason Arnott and Matt Taormina scored for New Jersey.
**Cheers to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who scored a pair of goals and assisted on teammate Kris Letang’s overtime winner to lift the Pens over the Nashville Predators 4-3. “Sid the Kid” (hard to believe he’s still just 23, no?) appears to be heating up, 6-5-11 in Pittsburgh’s eight games this season but 5-3-8 in his last three – and that’s bad news for Atlantic Division rivals and opponents league wide.
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.
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.
from Dave Vest of The Desert Dog Blog at Coyotes.com,
The Coyotes had several conversations with Lee Stempniak’s agent last week and would still like to sign him to a one-year contract at the right price. I’m told Stempniak, an unrestricted free agent who scored 14 goals in 18 regular-season games but zero goals in seven playoff games for the Coyotes, would prefer a deal longer than one year.
“We’re having discussions and I think we have a 50-50 chance to sign Lee,” Maloney said. “We’d love to have him back. I think he fits with us and would help our offense.”
more Phoenix talk…
added 6:26pm, from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
Entering the last year of his contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, Windsor’s Ed Jovanovski is of the belief that the National Hockey League is doing the right thing by fighting tooth and nail to keep the franchise in Arizona.
“I still think it’s a market that can do well,” Jovanovski said. “We still don’t know how it’s going to come out. I have one year left on my contract and we’re staying there this year. I’m excited about that. I hope that everything gets resolved and the team stays in Phoenix. It’s a great place to live, a great place to raise a family.”
via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Assistant general manager Brad Treliving said Hanzal is the priority and expressed confidence that he will be signed “hopefully sooner rather than later; I think it’s the process right now.”
Stempniak’s agent has had weeks to explore options, and he is expected to meet with General Manager Don Maloney within the next several days.
“We’ve got a good relationship with the agent, and I’m sure if something was imminent somewhere else, he’d be back in touch with us,” Treliving said.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
While a star player like Ilya Kovalchuk remains unsigned 15 days into unrestricted free agency, perhaps lost is the fact that the second top goal scorer on the market also remains without a team.
Lee Stempniak’s 28 goals in 2009-10 were second only to Kovalchuk’s 41 among the current UFA forwards still on the market. What gives?
“I mean, I’m certainly surprised,” Stempniak told ESPN.com on Thursday. “And not just with me, but with all the players that are out there right now, especially forwards. There’s a lot of very, very good forwards that are still out there on the market. I’m just surprised by how slow it’s been.”
per TSN for a couple of draft picks (4th an 7th)
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Winger Lee Stempniak was the rarest of commodities, a real offensive threat drafted and developed by the Blues.
So his departure for underachieving Maple Leafs Alex Steen, a versatile forward, and Carlo Colaiacovo, a rangy defenseman, is a bit of a head scratcher….
How could the Blues give up on a home-grown shooter who scored 27 goals two years ago and was producing at a point-per-game pace this season?
We’ll need some convincing in this corner of cyberspace. This deal sounds suspiciously like a Ron Caron trade, moving a potential standout for depth.
We’re not saying Colaiacovo is Murray Baron and Steen is Ron Sutter, but . . .
from the Buffalo News,
There will be 18,690 waiting in HSBC Arena. The Buffalo Sabres host St. Louis tonight, and it’s a long-awaited outing for McKee and Blues teammate Lee Stempniak. McKee hasn’t played in Buffalo since Game Six of the 2006 Eastern Conference finals, while West Seneca’s Stempniak has never played professionally in his hometown.
“It’s special,” McKee said Tuesday. “I was very fortunate to grow not only as a player but as a person here in this town. To come back and play here is going to be a pretty neat feeling. The fans were great, stuck behind me over the 10 years I was here, and that doesn’t always happen with players. I felt very fortunate for that.”