Rangers sign ex-Penguins forward Lee Stempniak


It has been reported that Stempniak’s contract is one year at approx. $900,000. Stempniak and Matthew Lombardi were teammates in Phoenix.

From the NYR:


NEW YORK, July 19, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Lee Stempniak.
Stempniak, 31, skated in 73 games with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins this past season, registering 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points, along with 32 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in average ice time (18:27), shorthanded goals (two), and shorthanded points (five). Stempniak tallied a point in nine of the first 10 games of the season from October 3 at Washington to October 24 at Dallas (four goals, five assists over the span). Rangers Report logoHe skated in his 600th career NHL game on January 7 at Phoenix, and tied a single-game career-high with three assists on January 28 vs. Chicago. Stempniak made his Penguins debut on March 6 at San Jose, and recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists), along with a plus-five rating, in 21 regular season games with Pittsburgh.
In the 2014 Playoffs, the 5-11, 196-pounder established playoff career-highs in games played (13), goals (two), points (three), shots on goal (22), and hits (19). Stempniak tied for fifth on Pittsburgh in goals and tied for seventh in hits. He registered his first career NHL playoff goal in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals at Columbus on April 21.
Stempniak has skated in 637 career NHL games with St. Louis, Toronto, Phoenix, Calgary, and Pittsburgh, registering 150 goals and 191 assists for 341 points, along with 233 penalty minutes. He has tallied at least 14 goals in six of his nine NHL seasons, and has reached the 40-point plateau three times in his career. Stempniak established career-highs in games played (82), points (52), game-winning goals (four), power play assists (11), and power play points (19) during the 2006-07 season with St. Louis. He has reached the playoffs three times in his career, and has tallied two goals and three assists for five points in 24 career NHL playoff games.
Internationally, the West Seneca, New York native has represented Team USA at numerous tournaments. Stempniak tied for fifth on Team USA with two goals at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland. He also tied for third among all skaters in goals (six) and tied for 10th among all skaters in points (10) at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, Russia. Stempniak led the Americans in goals and points, tied for second on the team in assists (four), and tied for fourth on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-two) in the tournament.
Stempniak was originally selected by St. Louis in the fifth round, 148th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.


Also, in case you missed this the other day:


NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi.
Lombardi, 32, skated in 46 games with Genève-Servette of National League A (NLA) in Switzerland this past season, registering 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points, along with 54 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. He led the NLA in assists and points, while tying for sixth in the league – and leading Genève-Servette – in goals. In the playoffs, Lombardi registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in 12 games. He tied for fifth in the NLA in assists and tied for seventh in the league in points in the playoffs, while ranking second on the team in each category. Lombardi also tallied four goals and four assists for eight points, along with a plus-five rating in three games while helping Genève-Servette win the Spengler Cup. Lombardi was named to the Spengler Cup All-Star Team, as he led all skaters in the tournament in points, tied for the tournament lead in goals and assists, and tied for second in plus/minus rating.
In 536 career NHL games over parts of nine seasons with Calgary, Phoenix, Nashville, Toronto, and Anaheim, the 5-11, 195-pounder has registered 101 goals and 161 assists for 262 points, along with 293 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. Lombardi recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in 28 games with Phoenix and Anaheim during the 2012-13 season. He has reached the 40-point plateau three times in his career, and has tallied at least 14 goals in five of seven seasons in which he has played at least 55 games. Lombardi has also tallied three goals and 13 assists in 40 career NHL playoff games. He recorded one goal and five assists for six points in 13 playoff games in his rookie year while helping Calgary advance to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final.
Internationally, the Montreal, Quebec native has represented Canada in numerous tournaments. Lombardi registered two goals and two assists for four points, and ranked second among tournament skaters with a plus-nine rating in nine games to help Team Canada win a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Championship. He also tallied six goals and six assists for 12 points, and posted a plus-four rating in nine games to help Team Canada win a gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Championship. Lombardi tied for third among all skaters in goals and tied for fourth among all skaters in points in the tournament.
Lombardi was originally selected by Edmonton in the seventh round, 215th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Upon re-entering the Draft, he was selected by Calgary in the third round, 90th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. Inexpensive fliers in the Poulliot, Stralman mode. I think this is where Sather does his best work. Over the years he’s found a lot of helpful players, The two above, Brian Boyle and some others who have been helpful players over the years.

  2. Nyr
    I just think brass is harder to replace than zucc simply because of the position he plays.

    I think both might get more than I am personally comfortable with.

    If brass gets 5.2 and zucc gets 4.2, I think both are overpaid by a mil per and it would be easier to replace zucc than brass.

  3. Stemp had some nice O numbers when he was young. Question is, why 900 grand, one year as a UFA when he made 2.75 mil last season.

  4. Maybe we’ll get to see Tanner Glass’s grandfather, Seymour, as well as Franny and Zooey at the Garden. Not Carol Alt, but any port in a storm.

  5. wtb?!?
    every time someone posts about
    he keeps getting shorter and shorter
    reade 6′ in one report but his stats
    at nhl.com have him as 5’11”
    not a major difference
    now someone here is posting him as 5’10”
    by the time camp starts
    he’ll be shorter than
    Tom Thumb

  6. Rangers West on

    Is Hal Gill available? Maybe Kovalev will come out of retirement. This team needs some older vets for the roster. Mike Tyson has been working on his skating.

  7. jimG the desertrat on

    yea, and Sather is the Cather in the Rye, we are the short people of the corn.

  8. Robby Bonfire on

    Under 6 feet tall; over 30 (31 1/2), what, 12 goals last year? Man, is Sather going nuts for the fringe types, this off-season.

    Again this team is going to be badly soft on goal scoring and muscle. Bet you Big Mac doesn’t make the team this season, as he devolves into AHL shuttle fodder. And if he can’t skate why was he drafted?

    Really difficult to make the SCF two years in a row when in the second year you don’t make the playoffs. This team has no heart or soul, and stumble bum overall ability.

  9. Does anyone really believe that Dorsett was 6 feet tall? These guys must be measured wearing skates.

  10. Wild card at best. No top 3 finish in division.


    Rangers/caps/devils fight for a wild card spot.

  11. Definitely, dressing better, don’t think he’ll have the “wardrobe” to catch Rory.

    I love The Open, especially enjoy the guy’s voice who announces at the first tee.

  12. Wait why is Stempniak such a bad signing?

    Pouliot 15 goals $4 million per year
    Stempniak 12 goals $900k per year

  13. Cross Check Charlie on

    So, where does this leave Miller, Fast, Lindberg, Kristo and any other forward prospect? They just signed a couple of journeymen to replace their other journeymen. What about going with one of the kids?

    I didn’t mind them letting Pouliot go. Shoot, signing him for 5 years was probably the stupidest contract of the free agency period. But, why do you replace these guys with over-30 guys with limited ceiling?

  14. matty"OhAreWeNowSmall"Boy on

    Name 5 current Rangers over 6’2″ and 210. And, please, this doesn’t include coaches, scouts, or beat reporters.

    Good luck!!

  15. Rob in Beantown on

    Pierre LeBrun
    Three minutes away from @KatieStrangESPN saying “I do” here at her wedding in Grand Rapids, Mich. It’s happening!!!

    Sorry eric

  16. Kreider, JMoops, Nash, Staal and Talbot are all over 6’2″ and 200 lbs – which is close enough in my book!

    This team is built for speed, and has plenty of guys around 5’11 – 6’1 and 200lbs who can move their feet.

  17. Do we really want to watch the Hal Gill’s and John Scott’s of the world over speedsters who can actually skate and play over 10 minutes a night? (and Stempniak can score a bit too – upgrade over Boyle in my opinion)

  18. Cross Check Charlie on

    In Larry Brooks column today in the NY Post, he writes, “But these additions of marginal NHL players doesn’t say a lot for the organization’s confidence in the readiness of kids in the organization such as J.T. Miller, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty and maybe even Jesper Fast to nail down spots with the varsity, much less be difference-makers.

    Seriously. Would Stempniak — who scored for the Penguins in Game 1 against the Rangers, then went pointless in the next six matches of the second round while bouncing all over the lineup — or Lombardi — who was in Switzerland last year and hasn’t had a productive NHL season since 2009-10 — have made a difference against L.A.?”

    This is what happens when you constantly trade away your first round draft pick. You have to scrounge around for depth from over-30 marginal vets.

  19. Improved?

    DBoyle for Stralman
    Lombardi for Richy
    Stemp for Pouliot
    Glass for Dorsett
    Miller for BBoyle

  20. StLouis Stepan Nash
    Kreider Brassard Zuc
    Hags Lombardi Stepniak
    Miller Moore Glass

  21. Robby Bonfire on

    Thank you, Cross Check Charlie. You nailed my sentiments, exactly.

    What an awful corps of aging, under-sized, mediocre to begin with, players this pathological G.M. has assembled. If he wants the Rangers to have the 20th-best record during the NHL regular season, he is going to get his wish.

    I cannot fathom why this man makes player personnel moves like he is in the Bettman camp of wanting New York’s hockey team not to outstrip, for accomplishment or publicity, New York’s NBA basketball team? Sather is really making moves this off-season like he has been bought out by conflicting interests. Highly suspicious, the under-cutting of this team’s competitiveness. This man is one sick puppy.

  22. You know your team doesn’t have very much size in the line-up when your naming goalies on your list. :)

  23. I like these moves with the exception that Boyle is old. Hopefully that doesn’t matter too much. Makes BB leaving look better, and Yzerman looking like the typical Sather of past.

  24. Two days before arbitration both Kreider and rangers need to submit offers. His case is Wednesday. We should know at some point tomorrow.

  25. The Kids Are Alright – The Who

    They’re alright but not as alright as stempniak and Lombardi?

  26. They can keep trading those first round picks if Gordie Clark is still working for them

    Sanguinetti – Not sure if Clark was working for NYR in 07
    Cherepanov – Dead
    Del Zotto – Bust
    THE – His only good pick
    McIlrath – Not looking good.
    JT Miller – Not looking good
    Brady Skjei – His last two d-men were busts

    THE has been the best of the bunch. So at the moment he’s 1 for 7. THE still has ways to go though. No superstar talent drafted. No game breakers.

  27. “But these additions of marginal NHL players doesn’t say a lot for the organization’s confidence in the readiness of kids in the organization”

    Exactly what I was thinking. I’d rather see kids play than have these guys take those spots, especially Lombardi.

  28. I love to see kids get a chance but is anybody hoping Fast makes the team from what we saw last season? I sure hope someone beats him out, Miller too, for that matter.
    No, they’re not terrible options, I just hope we have better options coming out of camp. I guess these recent signings provide the insurance and maybe motivation for other players fighting for a spot.

  29. London Broil on

    i agree, if they dont give the kids a legit shot & see what they have in them & decide to go with these retreads, then theyll be going the same route as the Yankees, the wrong route.

  30. Does anyone believe in miller over 82 games. Playing him 8-10 mins a night is a waste. Either he’s ready for 15-17 minutes or not. We shall see.

  31. Matteau at 8:37 is as close to the actual roster lines (at this point) that we will see next season IMHO.

    I still think depending on arb awards and Staal negotiations…this might change…hopefully.

    Still not impressed with miller in the least bit

  32. I am not the least bit happy with the lack of size and grit on the roster as of now…I hope that changes

  33. That 2011 first round has been pretty weak so far, outside of Landeskog. Ted Nugent & Huberdeau still have a lot to prove.

    As far as the mid/late first rounders, like JT Miller, nobody has made much of an impact.

  34. Name 5 current Blackhawks over 6’2” and 210.
    Name 5 current Blues over 6’2” and 210
    Name 5 current Bruins over 6’2” and 210
    Name 5 current Penguins over 6’2” and 210

  35. Hawks have Bryan Bickell, Brent Seabrook. Jonathan Toes & Niklas Hjalmarsson are just short of 210.

    Blues have Backes, Berglund, Lapierre, Paajarvi, Bouwmeester. Pietrangelo close enough.

    Bruins have Lucic, Soderberg, Boychuk, Chara, Hamilton, Miller & Mcquaid.

    Pens don’t have many.

  36. bull dog line on

    I am all for having the kids play, but you have to protect yourself if they cant play. minimal contract. if the kids are better they will play. if not, you have pro depth.

  37. Orr
    Great work re norms question.

    Not to mention, it’s pretty hard to go back recently and find a “smaller” team that won the cup. Boston and both King teams were both pretty big and physical.

    Until they make the nhl a non contact league, size will always matter.

  38. ‘Kids!
    I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today.
    Who can understand anything they say?
    They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
    Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers!
    And while we’re on the subject:
    You can talk and talk till your face is blue!
    But they still just do what they want to do!
    Why can’t they be like we were,
    Perfect in every way?
    What’s the matter with kids today?’

  39. At the same time a 1year contract is easily forgotten at 900k, and he will be playing for a multi year contract. Not much to lose in this situattion. Potential for production gain.

  40. We don’t need no education
    We don’t need no thought control
    No dark sarcasm in the classroom
    Teachers leave them kids alone
    Hey teacher leave them kids alone
    All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
    All in all you’re just another brick in the wall

  41. London Broil on

    No risk high reward…. but Slats must cut bait if it becomes obvious – possibly even in training camp – that they dont give the team anything Like Lombardi. The key is to know when to cut bait.

  42. Robby Bonfire on

    Bottom line on the 2014-2015 NY Rangers: Relatively old and small with an overall mediocre talent base including young veterans(Girardi and Staal) already in the decline phase of their career, with a dearth of young players on the team, along with a nearly barren farm system, as well as being an organization in forfeit, where it comes to high-level draft picks.

    Also a roster replete with mostly unmotivated third-rate, mercenary-temps. Way to go Uncle Glennie, you first-rate JERK!


  43. “over 6’2” and 210” were the specs, not “at” or “nearby”.

    Hawks have Bickell, Seabrook.
    Blues have Backes, Berglund, Lapierre, Bouwmeester.
    Bruins have Lucic, Soderberg, Boychuk, Chara, Hamilton (I missed Soderberg).
    Pens have Bortuzzo.
    Kings were all over 6’2″ and 210 at birth.

    In any event, being over those particular specs is arbitrary. You can be big and good or not as big and good. The Rangers have no great tradition of winning by being big, though the ’94s did have Beukeboon, Karpovtsev, Kovalev and Matteau.

    Bring back Tyler Pyatt!

  44. Thinking aboot the 2014-2015 NYR is depressing. Of all the teams to repeat a SCF appearance, NYR is just not that kind of team. Just not good enough.

    It’s going to be a few more years, at least, if we’re lucky. That’s what average drafting, dumb free agent signings and dumb trades will do to you.

  45. Norm
    “Kings were all over 6’2” and 210 at birth.”

    That was Falking hilarious!!! I spit iced tea everywhere when I read that…lmao!

  46. Rangers can get back to cup final if Boston loses early Pitt gets knocked out don’t see us beating them 2x.

    I actually think rangers will have tougher time making the playoffs over 82 games and top 3 div guarantee then if they got into playoffs I could see success if things broke right.

  47. The Gold Standard franchise has not been in the playoffs every year by going big — some of their teams are, like me, bigger than others.

  48. I think Pitt is worse this year, Columbus at forward is a bit worrisome, but their D and goaltending is not. Caps will be better. Ning and Habs status quo from last year. Bruins probably status quo as well…losing iggy hurts them and key guys a year older (not to mention cap issues).

    We were too small last season and even smaller at this point…I will withhold my “better or worse” rangers assessment until after training camp

  49. Chris from Albany on

    Reading these posts is depressing. Haven’t had one team meeting yet and the seasons over.

  50. It’s crazy how much different I feel about the “future” of this team now as opposed to 2 or 3 years ago.

    The change in philosophy is evident and worrisome. Do they think they can fill holes via free agency and continue to have so-so drafting and trade away homegrown guys?

    Yeah, they made the Finals last year and it was exciting. It was close…but let’s be honest…they probably would have lost to every Western conference team in the playoffs except maybe Dallas…

    There are just not enough weapons on the team for NYR to be considered a Championship caliber contender…and I don’t see that changing…

  51. bull dog line on

    core Rangers 30 and under.
    Stepan, Nash, Staal, Kreider, McDonagh, Girardi, Klein, Zucc, Brassard, Hagelin, J Moore. that is 5 of your top 6 Dmen, and 6 of your top forwards. old and small? I think not.
    your over 30 main guys, Dan Boyle, and MSL. pretty good players, no?
    plus Dom Moore as a role player. this team is going to be just fine. I know some of you guys are happiest when you are unhappy. so you guys are going to have to be prepared to be disappointed again this year, because the Rangers are going to be good again.

  52. I’m not on the ledge and I also think they will be good, I just want them to beef up a bit to take the final step and win the cup!

  53. You could be pessimistic now, but once the team is in the final stretch fighting for a playoff spot and eventually clinching, then you get sucked back into believing in them until they let you down again.

    Prediction: When that happens, Nash will have another awful run in the playoffs.

  54. If Nash has another awful run, and scores less than 30 during the regular season, I think he’s gone.

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