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:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD LEE STEMPNIAK
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). He 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:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD MATTHEW LOMBARDI
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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