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06-30-2010, 07:44 PM
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Would Lee Stempniak be a good addition to the team?

I do not know this player but his end of season stats last year are pretty impressive.

Lee Stempniak GP G P Pts
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 18 14 4 18

He was always on ordinary teams because last year was the only time he played any playoff hockey in the NHL. Looking at his highlights, his shot is heavy and accurate. He could play on our blue line on PP on second pairing. A lot of the top teams in the NHL have 3 offensive lines and I also saw him play some him play some PK in his highlights so he cannot be that bad defensively.

I would like to know if anybody here has seen a lot of the Phoenix games at the end of the season last year or know alot about him and can provide feedback. Would he be interesting if we do not get to sign Ellis and sign a cheaper vet backup or if we drop Hamrlik, Spacek or dare I say AK?

Of course it means we put Eller on the wing or centering the 4th.

What do you think?

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Why put Eller on the wing?Stempniak is a RW

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I think he could be a wildcard for the Habs to sign but since he scored 14 in 18 chances are he may be looking for a nice paycheque.

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I do not know this player but his end of season stats last year are pretty impressive.

Lee Stempniak GP G P Pts
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 18 14 4 18

He was always on ordinary teams because last year was the only time he played any playoff hockey in the NHL. Looking at his highlights, his shot is heavy and accurate. He could play on our blue line on PP on second pairing. A lot of the top teams in the NHL have 3 offensive lines and I also saw him play some him play some PK in his highlights so he cannot be that bad defensively.

I would like to know if anybody here has seen a lot of the Phoenix games at the end of the season last year or know alot about him and can provide feedback. Would he be interesting if we do not get to sign Ellis and sign a cheaper vet backup or if we drop Hamrlik, Spacek or dare I say AK?

Of course it means we put Eller on the wing or centering the 4th.

What do you think?
Anyone know the reason why Phoenix isn't re-signing Stempniak? He seemed like one of their best players going into the playoffs.

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He's quick and has a good shot. Kind of like Versteeg.

I think his end to the season with the Coyotes will grant him a contract that is worth more than he really is.

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The problem with a guy like him is he is a poor fit for the 3rd line, he has to play top 6 to be effective, much like AK and Pouliot.

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Big player, plays hard, good hands. Burke type of player.

Would be on top of my list tomorrow if it was up to me.

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Big player, plays hard, good hands. Burke type of player.

Would be on top of my list tomorrow if it was up to me.
why is burke trading away Burke type players?

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Big player, plays hard, good hands. Burke type of player.

Would be on top of my list tomorrow if it was up to me.
He's 5'11, not really big.

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why is burke trading away Burke type players?
He also traded Steen and Colaicovo to get him in 2008.

Burke traded him for draft picks because he was a UFA, unless Gainey, Burke trades UFAs to be before losing them for nothing.

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He's 5'11, not really big.
He's 6, 195 pounds, and PLAYS big.

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Why put Eller on the wing?Stempniak is a RW
Even better, hockeydb had him lsited has center. Like I said I know nothing about him, only asking a question.

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He would be a good addition to the top 6, but he will make $4 million per and we would have to trade salary or AK to get him.

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4m/per for Stempniak? Let's just move on to another candidate.

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Not his biggest fan but i do like his work, most times he plays hard shifts but did not seem to have enough finish. He does have talent and speed. Do we not have a top 6 already or are we replacing AK?

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4m/per for Stempniak? Let's just move on to another candidate.
He made $3.5 last year, is 26 and had 28 goals last year. He will make more than he did last season, people were frustrated by Ryder. Well at least Ryder didn't have such a stretch in between 20 goal seasons, and has had 30 goal season and more 20+ seasons.

Someone will over pay.

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He also traded Steen and Colaicovo to get him in 2008.

Burke traded him for draft picks because he was a UFA, unless Gainey, Burke trades UFAs to be before losing them for nothing.
You mean when cliff fletcher traded for him?? Still don't see your point. Might want to check your facts.

Stemp is not overly big, doesn't play big, and was not aquired by Burke.

He was traded away by Burke, and I think that's all the evidence you need to see he's not a "Burke type player"

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**** no.

In Toronto he played physical. Still, **** no.

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I like Stempniak but I don't think he is the type of player we need

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He's 6, 195 pounds, and PLAYS big.
He does not play big. He is EXACTLY what we don't need in the line up. Whoa, can't believe some of you are even considering it. Top 6 is pretty much set...can't change it really unless you trade. If AK or BENNER don't perform, you will see Max pac get a shot, Eller etc. Simple as that. Go after size, strengthy, grit, character for our bottom 2 lines....Armstrong, Torres etc...

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He made $3.5 last year, is 26 and had 28 goals last year. He will make more than he did last season, people were frustrated by Ryder. Well at least Ryder didn't have such a stretch in between 20 goal seasons, and has had 30 goal season and more 20+ seasons.

Someone will over pay.
There is no denying that some team looking to add a scoring threat will overpay for Stempniak. After all, overpayment one of the top premises for the free agency market, and a scoring streak of 14 goals over a period of 18 games is some pretty impressive stuff.

However, as a Canadiens fan, if I was intending on overpaying a forward in this year's UFA crop, it would be someone bringing different elements to the table than Stempniak (i.e. a grittier forward like Colby Armstrong). Considering the type of forwards the Habs currently have, I clearly don't see the necessity of taking part in a bidding war for Stempniak's services (nor Afinogenov's, a similar player, for that matter).

BTW, just to clarify, Stempniak was making $3.5M last season, but the cap hit on his 3-year deal was $2.5M. So $4M on the market would still be a pretty substantial raise from what he made on average on his last deal.

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Lee Stempniak is one of the worst players I've seen in the NHL UNLESS he is on a 20 game tear. He will then non-perform again for two years. He makes AK46 look like a work horse.

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There is no denying that some team looking to add a scoring threat will overpay for Stempniak. After all, overpayment one of the top premises for the free agency market, and a scoring streak of 14 goals over a period of 18 games is some pretty impressive stuff.

However, as a Canadiens fan, if I was intending on overpaying a forward in this year's UFA crop, it would be someone bringing different elements to the table than Stempniak (i.e. a grittier forward like Colby Armstrong). Considering the type of forwards the Habs currently have, I clearly don't see the necessity of taking part in a bidding war for Stempniak's services (nor Afinogenov's, a similar player, for that matter).


BTW, just to clarify, Stempniak was making $3.5M last season, but the cap hit on his 3-year deal was $2.5M. So $4M on the market would still be a pretty substantial raise from what he made on average on his last deal.
I just think we need a finisher unless AK and Pouliot start tearing it up. The fact that he always played for poor teams is also interesting to me. Playing with poor line mates, it's hard to produce and with the depth that Gauthier is building right now, I guess i though a guy that scored 14 goals in 18 games with Phoenix would be much better with us since he would have a chance to play with better line mates.

Thanks to all of your comments guys. Really helpful.

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