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Not Last Year’s New York Rangers

from Andrew Gross of The Record, To repeat as conference champs, bigger-than-expected contributions have to come from unexpected places. Look, given a choice between a roster with Brian Boyle (Lightning), Stralman, Pouliot and Brad Richards (Blackhawks) or Matthew Lombardi, Lee Stempniak, Tanner Glass and Dan Boyle, I’ll take the first grouping. But Dan Boyle, at 38...
Via Kukla's Korner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential Rangers training camp surprises

Immediately after July 1, it looked like the Rangers would have several forward spots open to competition at training camp. However, the eventual signings of Matt Lombardi, Lee Stempniak and Kevin Hayes have made it much more difficult for anyone else to earn a spot in the lineup. The likes of J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and […] The post Potential Rangers training camp surprises...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Potential Opening Night Forward Lines

Now that the forward positions have been pretty much filled out, the next question is what are the lines going to look like. Will the Kreider-Stepan-Nash line remain intact? Is Stempniak automatically going to be placed with Brassard and Zuccarello? Is JT Miller the best option for the third line center position? Obviously there’s going to be injuries and players struggling, so...
Via NY Rangers Blog
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Questions Facing The New York Rangers

from Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com, How will the Rangers supplement the forward depth they lost? -- In his first year as Rangers coach, Alain Vigneault rolled all four lines and got consistent scoring from the top three units. He'll be challenged to do that again this season. New York got key plays from Richards and Pouliot, who signed a five-year, $20 million contract with...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New Jersey Numbers

#NYR Numbers Game: This season Dan Boyle will wear 22, @TGlass15 15, Lee Stempniak 12 & Jesper Fast is now number 91 pic.twitter.com/LMddvSVGbg — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) August 4, 2014 …you know it’s a slow Rangers news day when I’m posting about jersey numbers.
Via NY Rangers Blog
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Why was I not consulted about the Penguins?

Despite what many people who know would say to the contrary, I am not a negative person. With that being said I have a few things I would like to get off my chest regarding the current state of affairs in Penguins land. My biggest complaint is how is Craig Adams still on this roster but Joe Vitale, Lee Stempniak and Brian Gibbons are not? Adams had Amnesty buyout written all over...
Via TopSportsReport
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

How Lee Stempniak will affect his teammates

When the Rangers signed Lee Stempniak to a one-year deal worth $900,000, many applauded Glen Sather. He found another low-risk, high-reward player that could potentially replace Benoit Pouliot on the third line. In all honesty, they are pretty identical players from a #fancystats point of view. But of course, numbers don’t tell the whole story. […] The post How Lee Stempniak...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Checking in on the Pittsburgh Penguins

Last year: 51-24-7, first in the Metro Division. Eliminated by the Rangers in the second round. Key additions: Patric Hornqvist, Christian Ehrhoff, Nick Spaling, Steve Downie, Blake Comeau, Thomas Greiss Key subtractions: James Neal, Matt Niskanen, Jussi Jokinen, Brooks Orpik, Lee Stempniak, Brian Gibbons, Deryk Engelland, Joe Vitale, Tanner Glass (just kidding) Taylor Pyatt ...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Stempniak on Rangers: ‘I think this is a really good opportunity for me’

Seeing Lee Stempniak sign with the New York Rangers made a lot of sense for both sides. The Rangers needed a player to replace Benoit Pouliot, who signed with Edmonton this summer, on their third line. Stempniak needed to find a team to give him an opportunity to prove himself after a disappointing finish with the Pittsburgh Penguins. As Jim Cerny of Blueshirts United shared, Stempniak...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Style of Play Suits Stempniak’s Game

If you’re going to succeed in Alain Vigneault’s system, you’re going to have to be able to skate and forecheck. Thankfully for the Rangers, it sounds as if those are two of Lee Stempniak’s strong suits (via Blueshirts United)… “The style of play they play is well-suited to my game, and I think I can contribute, come in and help the team win games. I think this is a really...
Via NY Rangers Blog
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The realistic opening night NYR roster

Now that the roster is finally taking shape, and the pieces are starting to fall into place, the main questions are about the line combinations and kids making the roster. Signings like Tanner Glass and Lee Stempniak add flexibility to a roster that was almost 100% reliant on kids making the roster, while all of […] The post The realistic opening night NYR roster appeared first...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Stempniak and Lombardi Signings Bring Needed Depth

As of a week ago, the New York Rangers still had plenty of offensive spots open from losses this summer that were not filled. Many expected the younger players in the farm system to get a good look during camp with the opportunity to make the team to start the season. That still may be the case. However, bringing in Matthew Lombardi and Lee Stempniak not only provides players to...
Via Save By Richter
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Sign Stempniak

(Via Gettyimages.com) Lee Stempniak, a former Pittsburgh Penguin, had 12 goals and 34 points in the last season. He has signed a one-year contract with the Rangers worth $900,000. The Rangers intend to place him on the 3rd line along with Mats Zuccarello and Matthew Lombardi, as a replacement for Benoit Pouliot, who signed with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1st. Stempniak will also...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Recent Signings By The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Both Lee Stempniak (in on a one-year free agent deal for $900,000) and Matt Lombardi (in at $800,000 per for two years) will fall under the AHL threshold, so neither would count against the cap for so much of a nickel if either fails to make the Rangers out of camp. But these additions of marginal NHL players doesn’t say a lot for...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Stempniak close to contract with Rangers: report

Free agent forward Lee Stempniak is close to a one-year contract with the New York Rangers, TSN's Darren Dreger reported Friday. The 31-year-old right wing finished last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he was traded from the Calgary Flames. Stempniak had four goals and seven assists in 21 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, and two goals and one assist in 13 Stanley...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Winnipeg Jets GM Cheveldayoff still looking for help up front

Nearly three weeks into free agency, things are eerily quiet for the Winnipeg Jets. While other teams in the Western Conference — and specifically in the Central Division — continue to add veteran forwards like the Nashville Predators did with Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy, the Jets have done very little since inking centre Mathieu Perreault to a three-year deal. Jets general...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Penguins thankfully did not re-sign Lee Stempniak

The Rangers signed the lifeless Lee Stempniak to a one year, 900k deal. [ NBC ] Stempniak played okay in Pittsburgh, but some people are pretending that he is any better than what the Penguins have. A quick look at Stempniak’s production in Pittsburgh: Of his 11 points in the regular season, Sidney Crosby was involved in six of them, Chris Kunitz seven. Stempniak also had just...
Via The Pensblog
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers sign former Penguins forward Lee Stempniak to a one year deal

Maybe this summer hasn’t been a total loss after all? According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers have signed former Penguin Lee Stempniak to a one year contract worth $900K. Hot damn, that’s what I call a bargain! Stempniak was acquired by the Penguins from the Flames in exchange for a third round pick at the trade deadline. He, along with the more preferable Marcel Goc, were acquired...
Via Save By Richter
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Sign Stempniak

You figured it was only a matter of time before the Rangers grabbed a veteran off the scrap heap and now they have. Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports the Blueshirts have signed Lee Stempniak to a one-year, $900,000 contract. The 31-year old Stempniak combined for 12g, 21a while splitting time between the Flames and Penguins last season. The 5′ 11″ winger hasn’t broken...
Via NY Rangers Blog
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers News: Lee Stempniak joins Broadway

The New York Rangers continue to rebuild their depth.#490360219 / gettyimages.comAs Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports,Stempniak in at one year, $900.000 for #NYR. Who else didn't play well for Pens against NYR in playoffs that team can sign?— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 19, 2014Brandon Sutter is still an unsigned RFA if you're interested..In any event, the...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Dreger: Lee Stempniak likely to sign with Rangers

By mid-July standards, this Tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger counts as breaking news: Lee Stempniak is closing in on a 1 yr agreement with the NY Rangers. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 19, 2014 Having lost Brian Boyle to Tampa Bay, Stempniak's a solid-enough replacement.
Via Kukla's Korner
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dreger: Rangers closing in on Lee Stempniak

Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are closing in on a deal with free agent winger Lee Stempniak on a one-year deal. The Rangers struck gold with Benoit Pouliot last season, and are looking to do so again with this signing. Stempniak and Pouliot had similar offensive output and #fancystats are comparable, so this seems like a […] The post Dreger: Rangers closing in on Lee Stempniak...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Free Agents: Ranking Top 5 Players Still Unsigned

Many of the top NHL free agents have been signed to new contracts since the market opened on July 1, but there are still several quality players who remain unsigned. Teams that need forward depth, specifically on the third and fourth lines, should be able to find a player who can provide additional scoring and grit without paying a steep price. Let’s take a look at the five-best...
Via NESN.com
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Who could the Bruins target in free agency?

Jarome Iginla is in Colorado, and that leaves the Bruins scrambling to replace him. Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty joined SportsNet Central to discuss some possible replacements. "I think a guy that's interesting is Lee Stempniak," said Haggerty. "Probably one of the favorites to be signed by the Bruins. He's not a perfect solution to be signed as a top line...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Concern Over Crosby?

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Penguins winger Lee Stempniak unintentionally delivered the funniest line of the playoffs Saturday morning at Southpointe. “I don't think anyone's really worried about Sid or Geno,” Stempniak said. He's partially right. Nobody's too worried about Evgeni Malkin since his hat trick in Game 6 at Columbus...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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