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

Jul 26, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

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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 feels the Rangers give him a great chance to succeed.

“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,” stated Stempniak. “I think this is a really good opportunity for me. I feel like this is a good fit for me. For me I try and skate and use my speed, get in on the forecheck, attack off the rush–speed is key to my game. But I also play hard, have a strong work ethic, and look to play a 200-foot game. That should fit in with this team’s style, I hope.”

Stempniak had 12 goals and 34 points with the Penguins and Calgary Flames last season. Throughout his career he’s been a steady 14-goal per year guy doing it three times.

For the record, Pouliot had 15 goals and 36 points for the Rangers last season. Seems like Stempniak might just be the perfect fit.

  1. nysportsrule - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    I like the signing. I think he’ll fit in well on the 3rd line.

    • billiam55 - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      our new captain taco

    • lowenni - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      He will. Not gonna score 50 points but will fit in well with his speed and two-way ability. Good pickup for the Rags at a good price after losing Pouilot.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Time will tell here. Waiting to see what he brings. LGR!!

  3. stakex - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    There isn’t really much but upside here. Stempniak has averaged a little over a point every two games in his career. If the Rangers get anything close to that it will be a complete steal at only $900k…. and if Stempniak turns into a bust, his cap hit is only $900k. Compare that to Pouliot, who is making $4 million per season for the next five years for pretty much the same level of production.

  4. nashernation - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    I think this has been a very good offseason for the Blue Shirts. Stepniak and Glass for Boyle and Dorsett. I think the Dan Boyle signing brings experience and a legitimate point man on the power play. When was the last time we had a legitimate point on the power play? Leetch.. Sather gets bashed but I’m giving him his props. If Brassard gets locked up for four years, great off season. Look forward to the 2015 season!!

  5. 34defense2014 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Blah ha ha ha ha!

    • 950003cups - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      You’re a good man! A true patriot! A fine young American! Ranger fans are liberals and communists!! Must be crushed!

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    There’s cups and his 2 log in names

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