|Assets:||Can be a special-teams factor, and can even play the point on the power play. Owns good quickness and a sneaky wrister. Can play either wing position and displays goal-scoring acumen.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have a lot of refinement in his play without the puck. Is somewhat undersized, which hinders his ability to win puck battles consistently. He's too streaky as a scorer.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent but decent veteran winger.|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2006-07|
|ECAC||First All-Star Team||2004-05|
|ECAC||First-Team All-Conference Team||2003-04|
|NCAA||East First All-American Team||2003-04|
|NCAA||East Second All-American Team||2004-05|
|11/28/2014||Missed 1 game (back injury).|
|11/19/2014||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|7/19/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|3/05/2014||Acquired from the Calgary Flames.|
|3/03/2014||Missed 2 games (personal reasons).|
|2/27/2014||Personal reasons, injured reserve.|
|11/12/2013||Missed 7 games (broken foot).|
|11/02/2013||Broken foot, injured reserve.|
|10/26/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|6/29/2012||Re-signed by the Calgary Flames to a two-year contract.|
|3/18/2012||Missed 21 games (ankle injury).|
|2/08/2012||Ankle injury, injured reserve.|
|2/03/2012||Ankle injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|8/29/2011||Acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes.|
|8/30/2010||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes to a two-year contract.|
|3/03/2010||Acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs.|
|11/24/2008||Acquired from the St. Louis Blues.|
|10/22/2008||Missed 4 games (left knee injury).|
|10/11/2008||Left knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/25/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the St. Louis Blues to a multi-year contract.|
|4/19/2006||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|2/26/2006||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|2/13/2006||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|1/29/2006||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|12/28/2005||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|10/31/2005||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|10/11/2005||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|10/06/2005||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|10/05/2005||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|7/29/2005||Signed by the St. Louis Blues to a three-year, entry-level contract.|
|7/19/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers.|
|3/05/2014||Calgary Flames traded Lee Stempniak to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 3rd round selection in 2014.|
|8/29/2011||Phoenix Coyotes traded Lee Stempniak to the Calgary Flames for Daymond Langkow.|
|3/03/2010||Toronto Maple Leafs traded Lee Stempniak to the Phoenix Coyotes for Matt Jones and a 4th and 7th round selections in 2010.|
|11/24/2008||St. Louis Blues traded Lee Stempniak to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Carlo Colaiacovo and forward Alexander Steen.|
|6/22/2003||Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 5th round (148th overall) in 2003.|
Lee Stempniak's contract worth $900,000 | 07/19/2014 7:06 PM
NewsThe New York Rangers have confirmed that they've signed veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a contract and reports suggest it's worth $900,000 for one year.
ImpactStempniak, 31, played 73 games last season with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 12 goals, 22 assists and 32 penalty minutes.
Rangers sign Lee Stempniak, Brad May says | 07/19/2014 9:32 AM
NewsFormer NHLer-turned-broadcaster Brad May has tweeted that veteran forward Lee Stempniak has signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.
ImpactTSN reportered earlier that the free agent was close to signing a one-year contract with the Rangers. 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 Cup Playoff games. He had eight goals and 15 assists in 52 games during his third season with the Flames. He has 150 goals and 191 assists (341 points) in 637 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Flames and Penguins. He was a fifth-round pick (No. 148) by St. Louis in the 2003 NHL Draft.
Bruins might go after UFA Lee Stempniak | 07/08/2014 9:22 AM
NewsThe Boston Bruins might pursue free agent Lee Stempniak.
CSN New England
ImpactThe Bruins need to go through the bargain bin for upgrades given their cap situation. Stempniak had 12 goals and 34 points in 73 games with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins last season. Those numbers are in line with what you can expect from him going forward.
Talks rumoured between Jets & Stempniak | 07/05/2014 11:52 AM
NewsThere is some talk that the Jets may be interested in UFA forward Lee Stempniak.
Scott Billeck Twitter
ImpactStempniak scored 12 goals and registered 34 points last season between the Flames and Penguins. If he does sign with Winnipeg , he will likely play on the team's third line limiting his fantasy value.
Lee Stempniak pots 12th goal of season | 04/14/2014 9:40 AM
NewsLee Stempniak potted his 12th goal of the season on Sunday.
ImpactStempniak was dealt from the Flames at the deadline and while he saw plenty of action alongside Sidney Crosby, the Penguins will likely use him on the third line in the playoffs. Do not expect a lot from Stempniak if that is his role but he should average about .4 points a game so if you think the Penguins are going deep into the post-season, then he is worth a late selection.
Lee Stempniak picks up an assist Tuesday | 04/02/2014 10:00 AM
NewsLee Stempniak recorded an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-1 loss Tuesday night.
ImpactStempniak has three goals and nine points in 15 games with the Penguins. He's been playing on Pittsburgh's top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
Stempniak adjusts to playing with Crosby | 03/25/2014 11:07 AM
NewsLee Stempniak is still adapting to playing alongside Sidney Crosby.
Impact"Just playing with someone with his kind of speed has definitely been an adjustment for me," Stempniak said. "He's got that burst. Such a burst. He's just so explosive. It takes awhile to get used to. Once he gets a step on a guy, you need to get him the puck. So much of it is anticipating when he's going to make a move." That being said, there's no question that Stempniak has already benefited from playing on a line with Crosby. He has two goals and seven points in 10 games with Pittsburgh.
Move to Pittsburgh has helped Lee Stempniak | 03/20/2014 10:47 AM
NewsLee Stempniak has a goal and six points in seven games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ImpactStempniak has been settling into a line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, which makes him a great candidate to finish the season on a high note. Don't forgot about him if you're getting ready to draft for a playoff pool. Stempniak might continue to get close to a point-per-game in the postseason if he can stay on the Penguins' top line.
Pens like what they've seen in Lee Stempniak | 03/13/2014 10:35 AM
NewsSince being acquired in a trade from the Calgary Flames last week, veteran forward Lee Stempniak has has found a spot as the top-line right winger with center Sidney Crosby and left winger Chris Kunitz and he has three assists, seven shots, five hits and five blocked shots.
Impact"He's making a lot happen," Crosby said of Stempniak. That was particularly true in the past two games, a Penguins sweep of back-to-back outings against Washington that led into a day off Wednesday. Monday, Stempniak and Crosby each assisted on two Kunitz goals in a 3-2 win at Washington. Tuesday, Stempniak, in his Penguins home debut, assisted on Crosby's insurance goal, had three shots and three hits. "It's been a pretty quick learning-by-fire here," Stempniak said. "The big thing is just trying to make sure I'm playing my game, but, at the same time, complement my linemates. Part of that is skating and trying to shoot the puck, hang onto the puck in the offensive zone. It's coming a bit more quickly now." It wasn't clear whether the Penguins would be able to address the need for a right winger on Crosby's line at the NHL trade deadline. Pascal Dupuis is out for the season after knee surgery. A possible replacement, Beau Bennett, has been out since befor
Lee Stempniak plays on Penguins' top line | 03/11/2014 11:11 AM
NewsLee Stempniak had two assists in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win on Monday.
ImpactStempniak played alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. As long as he stick with those two, he'll be worth owning in standard leagues.
Penguins get Lee Stempniak from Calgary | 03/05/2014 4:33 PM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactThis will give Pittsburgh a bit more scoring depth going into the playoffs. Stempniak has eight goals and 23 points in 52 games. If he ends up on one of the Penugins' top two lines, then he would have some fantasy value, but we wouldn't count on that happening.
Lee Stempniak expected to return on Monday | 03/03/2014 6:54 AM
NewsLee Stempniak is expected to meet up with his teammates in Minnesota on Monday after he missed two games to be with his wife who gave birth to twins.
ImpactCongratulations to the Stempniak family on the good news. Stempniak has only eight goals this season with 23 points in 52 games but his fantasy value really takes a hit when you add his minus-21 rating in. Nevertheless, he should be a top six forward for the Flames tonight.
Lee Stempniak misses second game | 03/02/2014 6:28 AM
NewsLee Stempniak missed his second game in a row as his wife gave birth to twins on Friday.
ImpactStempniak was in Boston for the birth and has now missed both games since the Olympic break ended. He should be back when the Flames take on Monday. He has eight goals and 23 points in 52 games but his fantasy value in traditional pools is negligible due to his minus-21 rating.
Stempniak misses game for personal reasons | 02/28/2014 9:13 AM
NewsLee Stempniak didn't participate in Thursday's game against Los Angeles.
ImpactStempniak went to Boston to be with his wife, who is expecting to give birth to twins any day now. It's not clear when he'll return.
Lee Stempniak does not practice Friday | 02/23/2014 6:06 AM
NewsLee Stempniak missed practice on Friday for personal reasons.
ImpactJust an FYI as he should be back when NHL play resumes this week. He has eight goals and 23 points in 51 games but loses all his fantasy value with a minus-21 rating.
Lee Stempniak picks up three assists Tuesday | 01/29/2014 9:21 AM
NewsLee Stempniak collected three assists in Calgary's 5-4 victory on Tuesday.
ImpactIt was Stempniak's first multi-point game of the 2013-14 campaign. He has seven goals and 21 points in 46 contests this season.
Lee Stempniak has been struggling mightily | 01/11/2014 11:45 AM
NewsLee Stempniak hasn't scored a goal in his last 15 games.
ImpactHe has recorded just one assist over that span. Stempniak generated nine goals and 32 points in 47 contests during the lockout-shortened season, but he's been hard-pressed to find offense in 2013-14 with six markers and 14 points in 37 matches.
| 01/07/2014 1:40 AM
NewsLee Stempniak returned to action on Monday January 6.
Lee Stempniak could be healthy scratch Monday | 01/06/2014 5:12 AM
NewsLook for Lee Stempniak to be a healthy scratch Monday.
ImpactStempniak was the extra forward in practice on Sunday and since he has gone 12 consecutive games without a point, the signs are all pointing to Stempniak sitting in the press box on Monday. He has only 13 points and is a minus-19 this season in 34 games.
Lee Stempniak 13th forward at practice Satur. | 01/05/2014 7:22 AM
NewsLee Stempniak was the extra forward at practice Saturday.
ImpactStempniak is in a terrible slump as he has gone 12 consecutive games without a point. He has only 13 points this season with a minus-19 rating in 34 games that is 798th best in the NHL. He could be a healthy scratch this week so do not be surprised if he is in the press box.
Stempniak doesn't have a point in 11 games | 01/02/2014 9:08 AM
NewsLee Stempniak has gone 11 straight games without recording a single point.
ImpactStempniak has been a huge disappointment this season with 13 points and a minus-18 rating in 33 games. That's so bad that we're not even sure the Flames will be able to get anything worthwhile for him in a trade before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's certainly capable of much more than this, but even still, we can't recommend owning him in standard leagues at this time.
Flames top line being broken up | 12/19/2013 8:50 AM
NewsLee Stempniak will probably stay in the Flames' lineup on Thursday, but as part of a new line.
ImpactStempniak was initially projected to be a healthy scratch on Tuesday, but ended up playing because Michael Cammalleri was out with the flu. Cammalleri will probably return Thursday, but it looks like the time to send Stempniak to the press box has passed. That being said, Stempniak used to be a part of the Flames top line with Cammalleri and Matt Stajan, but that won't be the case anymore. The trio is being broken up to try to spark the three Flames' veterans.
Lee Stempniak did end up in lineup Tuesday | 12/18/2013 9:32 AM
NewsLee Stempniak ended up playing on Tuesday despite earlier indications that he would be a healthy scratch.
ImpactUltimately Stempniak probably would have spent the game in the press box had Michael Cammalleri been available. In the end though, Cammalleri was out with the flu and the Flames were forced to make an adjustment. Stempniak had no points and two shots on goal in 16:54 minutes of ice time.
Lee Stempniak is a healthy scratch Tuesday | 12/17/2013 12:29 PM
NewsLee Stempniak will spend Tuesday's game in the press box.
Joe Haggerty on Twitter
ImpactStempniak has six goals and 13 points in 26 games this season. "Entitlement is over in Calgary," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "Were want to be a hardworking team." In other words, Hartley is trying to make an example out of the 30-year-old forward and spark his 13-15-5 team.
Lee Stempniak scores sixth of the season | 12/08/2013 6:25 AM
NewsLee Stempniak scored his sixth goal of the season on Saturday.
ImpactStempniak's goal looked like it would hold up as the game winner until Taylor Hall tied the game at one with 10 seconds left in the third. Stempniak has 13 points in 22 games but his minus-12 rating hurts his fantasy value severely.
Veteran criticizes Flames for lack of fire | 11/18/2013 8:14 AM
NewsVeteran Calgary winger Lee Stempniak thinks the Flames have a tendency to go into a funk after allowing goals.
Impact"We let things snowball," Stempniak said after Sunday's practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "We gave up a goal (in a 4-2 loss to Edmonton on Saturday night) . . . and from there we weren't the same team. We compounded the mistakes instead of forgetting about it and moving on and buckling down. You've got to be a mature enough team to know . . . you're going to get scored on at some point in most games, but you can't let that derail your whole effort. If you get scored on, you've got to be mad. You want to get even. You want to come back. You've just got to be, for lack of a better word, pissed when you get scored on. Not run around and be reckless, but you've got to have that feeling where you have to get it back."
Lee Stempniak in second fight in a row | 11/17/2013 4:55 AM
NewsLee Stempniak participated in his second fight in two games on Saturday.
ImpactStempniak is not a fighter and last had more than 20 penalty minutes four seasons ago when he had 26 in 80 games but now has 16 PIMs in just 13 games as he also has four goals and nine points with a minus-five rating. Do not expect this from Stempniak any more this season. He ended up pulling his own tooth after the fight so he may be in line for dental school once his NHL career ends.
Flames need to be honest with themselves | 11/15/2013 9:15 AM
NewsLee Stempniak wasn't in the mood to sugarcoat Calgary's 7-3 loss to Dallas on Thursday.
ImpactIt was Calgary's fifth loss in a row. "I guess, if anyone was sort of kidding themselves and thought, 'Hey we didn't play that bad, we were in it until the end,' you just need to look in the mirror now. We got completely outplayed in every facet of the game," said Stempniak. "If you're being honest with yourself, you know we haven't played well and we need to be better." Stempniak feels that if it takes hitting rock bottom to open the eyes of some of his teammates, then maybe it will be worth it. Calgary might not be at rock bottom yet, but they're certainly heading in that direction with a 6-10-3 record.
Lee Stempniak (foot) will return on Tuesday | 11/12/2013 1:16 PM
NewsLee Stempniak is ready to return from a broken foot.
Flames.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactStempniak has four goals and nine points in 10 games this season. He missed seven straight contests due to his foot injury.
Lee Stempniak practices, could play Tuesday | 11/10/2013 6:23 PM
NewsCalgary Flames forward Lee Stempniak is making great progress recovering from a broken foot.
ImpactHe practiced in a full team practice on Sunday and there's an outside chance that he could play Tuesday. With nine points and 35 SOG in 10 games played, Stempniak seemingly jumped up a level or two as a performer.
Lee Stempniak placed on IR | 11/02/2013 9:20 AM
NewsThe Flames placed Lee Stempniak (foot) on the injured-reserve list.
ImpactStempniak has a broken foot. It's an unfortunate bit of news for the Flames as he was off to a fast start with four goals and five helpers.
Stempniak is week-to-week with broken foot | 10/29/2013 1:02 PM
NewsLee Stempniak has a broken foot.
ImpactThe Calgary Flames haven't offered an estimated return date, but they did specify that he's week-to-week. What makes this news even more unfortunate is the fact that Stempniak was off to a great start with four goals and nine points in 10 games this season.
Lee Stempniak in a walking boot | 10/28/2013 7:16 AM
NewsLee Stempniak (lower body) was in a walking boot Sunday.
ImpactIt was time for pictures on Sunday with the Flames unveiling their new third uniforms and Stempniak came out to the ice in a walking boot. He is still day-to-day but it may be longer than that. He has four goals and nine points in 10 games this season so reserve him for now.
Lee Stempniak out Saturday with LBI | 10/26/2013 6:09 PM
NewsLee Stempniak won't play Saturday night due to a lower-body injury.
ImpactHe logged 16:57 of ice time and scored Calgary's lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Dallas on Thursday. Stempniak has been great for the Flames this season, with four goals and five assists in 10 games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Lee Stempniak scores lone goal in loss | 10/25/2013 12:01 AM
NewsLee Stempniak scored the only Calgary goal in a 5-1 loss to Dallas Thursday night.
ImpactWith a shortage of offensive weapons on the roster, Stempniak is capitalizing on his chances, having registered nine points in 10 games this season. Matt Stajan and Dennis Wideman drew assists on the Calgary goal.
Stempniak has a point in eight of nine games | 10/24/2013 8:34 AM
NewsLee Stempniak is on a four-game point streak.
ImpactStempniak also has recorded a point in eight of his nine games this season, giving him three goals and five assists. The Calgary Flames have largely exceeded expectations so far and Stempniak is one of the reasons for that.
Lee Stempniak collects a shorthanded goal | 10/17/2013 8:49 AM
NewsLee Stempniak netted a shorthanded goal in a 3-2 defeat against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
ImpactStempniak has two goals and five points in six games this season. He's never recorded more than 52 points in a single season, but we believe he can beat that mark if he stays healthy.
Lee Stempniak scores in loss to Washington | 10/03/2013 10:26 PM
NewsLee Stempniak scored a goal for the Flames in a 5-4 shootout loss to Washington Thursday night.
ImpactStempniak fired a team-high eight shots on goal in the contest and appears to have picked up where he left off last season. On a team with more scoring depth he likely wouldn't be worthy of a roster spot, but on the talent-starved Flames he has some fantasy value. David Jones, Lance Bouma and Jiri Hudler all tallied for Calgary in the loss.
Lee Stempniak gets two points Wednesday | 03/14/2013 8:32 AM
NewsLee Stempniak had a goal and an assist in Calgary's 5-2 victory on Wednesday.
ImpactStempniak has taken a step up this season with seven goals and 18 points in 25 games this season. If this wasn't a shortened season, he would be on pace to set a new career-high with 59 points. As it is, Stempniak is looking like a good bet to surpass the 30-point mark in 2013.
Lee Stempniak's two points pace Flames | 03/04/2013 12:37 AM
NewsLee Stempniak scored a goal and and an assist for the Flames in a 4-2 defeat of Vancouver Sunday.
ImpactStempniak is enjoying a small-scale renaissance to his career with 15 points in 20 games this season. It's hard to be optimistic about his chances of continuing this pace, but he's definitely rewarding those have drafted him, even in deep leagues. Michael Cammalleri scored two goals in the victory while Jarome Iginla potted a goal of his own in the winning effort.
Stempniak scores lone goal for Flames | 02/10/2013 5:30 AM
NewsLee Stempniak scored his fifth goal of the season, but it was the only score the Flames could muster in their 5-1 loss to Vancouver.
ImpactStempniak is one of the few bright fantasy options on the Flames with seven points in nine games and a plus-two rating.
Lee Stempniak thinks lockout helped him | 01/28/2013 7:52 AM
NewsCalgary winger Lee Stempniak thinks the lockout may have helped his play this season.
ImpactStempniak was in Boston during the almost four month long lockout and practised with some NHLers during that time. "During the lockout, it was Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Shawn Thornton, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Jay Pandolfo, Greg Campbell, Dan Paille and myself," Stempniak said. "With the lack of numbers, we had to do a lot more one-on-one, two-on-two kind of stuff then full-ice stuff. But I think it might have helped us out going into the season." Stempniak had three points Saturday and now has five points in four games.
Stepniak contributes to Flames victory | 01/27/2013 4:27 AM
NewsLee Stempniak collected 3 points, including the game winning power play goal for the Flames in their 4-3 win over the Oilers Saturday night.
ImpactStempniak continued his hot start, in which he has 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games so far.
Stempniak lone scorer for Flames | 01/20/2013 10:08 PM
NewsLee Stempniak scored the lone Calgary goal in a 4-1 loss to the Sharks Sunday night.
ImpactStempniak's marker came towards the end of a first period power play and was assisted by Mikael Backlund and Jay Bouwmeester. The Flames top scoring trio was held at bay the entire night by the San Jose defense.
|Goals||1||5 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Nov 29||1|
|Assists||1||7 times-last:at Cgy||last:Dec 16||3|
|Points||2||vs. Tor||Oct 12||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||3 times-last:at Cgy||last:Dec 16||5|
|Plus/Minus||1||9 times-last:at Cgy||last:Dec 16||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||26 times-last:at Cgy||last:Dec 16||0|
|Power Play Points||0||26 times-last:at Cgy||last:Dec 16||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||26 times-last:at Cgy||last:Dec 16||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||26 times-last:at Cgy||last:Dec 16||1|
|Shots||6||vs. NYI||Oct 14||8|
|Games||82||2 times-last: 2010-11 (Phx)|
|Penalty Minutes||40||2007-08 (StL)|
|Power Play Goals||9||2009-10 (Tor/Phx)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2013-14 (Cgy/Pit)|
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