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The Rangers have traded Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg for Carl Klingberg. (Dreger)

Klingberg, 24, is 6-3, 205 and has played in two games this season.

This season in the AHL, Klingberg has 15 goals and 15 assists in 51 games and had 43 points in 65 games last season.

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Lee Stempniak scored his first goal in 19 games on Thursday night when he had two, including the game winner, against the Coyotes.

He has 3 goals in his past 32 games and is averaging only 9:44 in February and has seen his ice time decrease each month of the season.

Stempniak's five shots on goal on Thursday were the most he has had since the fourth game of the season when he had six against the Islanders.

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Lee Stempniak was on WFAN at 12:45PM with Joe and Evan:

  • On last night, "we had a faceoff play that Hagelin and Hayes wanted to run and we got at scoring chance and I went to the front and Kevin put a pass on my tape and I had enough time to make a move and put it over his pad."
  • How good is the team, "we have a really good team, coming from behind shows a lot of maturity in the group and one of? the common themes used to be that we would give up an early goal and we are mature enough to know that there is a lot of hockey left to be played, you can't get away from your game and there is a lot of time to get those goals back. With how we play we are able to keep ratcheting up the intensity and get chances offensively. We know that it doesn't take a ton of chances to get those goals so we don't have to open it up and risk the game getting away from us. "
  • On the trade deadline, "it's been pretty out of sight and out of mind for us. Focused on playing games and the playoff race is so tight and there hasn't been much talk about it. It's the first time I might have ever been on a team looking to add players. Last year I was with Calgary and we were out of the playoffs and I knew that there would be changes and I went to Pittsburgh, a different side of it for me."
  • On being without Lundqvist, "Surprised a little because, as an outsider? you realize how big a part of the team he is but getting here, Cam has been playing great from the start, he had a bunch of shutouts. I have been really impressed with how Cam plays, he is calm and plays the puck well, is a big goalie, he has been great. The initial reaction when Henrik went down, on the outside was what was going to happen but as a group we were really confident in Cam and he came in and played well and even when Mackenzie came in and got his first win, he gave up a goal early but played really well. The goaltending has been solid all-year and when we struggled earlier with giving up goals we were giving up scoring chances point blank and those are hard saves to make. Now that we are better defensively they are making the saves and winning us games."
  • Did you grow up with the Sabres, "I was a Sabres fan. West Seneca is the first suburb outside of Buffalo so being a Sabres fan since a little kid, first jersey I wore when I learned to skate was a Sabres one."
  • On the breaks that good teams get, "we were fortunate on that play, not getting that penalty against us which would have negated our PP. Arizona won the draw and it jumped over the stick and Kreider is one of the best skaters in the NHL and when he gets a step he is gone. We were lucky to get one break with the missed call and the second one bounced over guys stick and it's a great play by Chris to use his speed and use his body to get a breakaway and follow up on the rebound."
  • On a potential playoff matchup that would give them problems, "I think they will be all tough to be honest. Each team presents different challenges but it's hard to win games in our division, all our games are hard fought and can go either way and it's a fine line between winning and losing. We just want to get points and try for home ice and take whatever opponent comes at us. We are focused on how we play, I like how we approach things, the onus is on us to play well and expect to win and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to win and be the best team every night ."
  • Does the team need to add anything, "I like our team to be honest, I think that is something management and coaches have been watching but as a player we have a really good team and everyone is playing well and contributing, we have been winning a lot of games hopefully we can keep everyone together and we have great chemistry in the room. The way we are playing allows everyone to play well, four lines and 6 day and the goalies and the strength is our depth and hopefully we can keep it together."
  • On being in Pitt vs the Rangers, "it's not all that different to be honest, expectations are high in both organizations. We won 50 in the regular seasons in Pitt and the expectations were the Cup and when I got here it was the same thing. I didn't really watch the playoffs but I knew they lost in the Final after they beat us out and everyone wanted more to get back at it with another chance. The teams are more similar than people realize and the expectations are the same."
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http://youtu.be/LlOI9FXEFes&start=127

He told John Giannone after the game, "We had a set play there where Hags was going to come around and I was heading to the net and we were going to throw it in the blue paint and I got a stick on it and then Kevin made a nice play to get it down in the front and I had a lot of time."

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Alain Vigneault said today that Lee Stempniak will stay in the Rangers lineup for the second straight game over JT Miller.

Stempniak played 10:24 and had two shots on goal and 1 hit.

Vigneault said that he felt Lee played well, had some good scoring opportunities and was responsible defensively. He said that he felt the "right thing to do" was to stay with the same lineup.

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Alain Vigneault was asked today if Lee Stempniak is automatically in the lineup if he is healthy. (NYR)

Vigneault said that the "simple answer" is that he isn't but he is a player who brings experience to the Rangers lineup.? Vigneault added that Stempniak may have been inserted last night because he didn't want him sitting out too long.

He said that a few players are battling for spots in the bottom six and the lineup decisions are based upon who is playing well as well as who the opponent is.

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Lee Stempniak took JT Miller's place in the Rangers lineup last night and Alain Vigneault said that he made the decision because he felt it was the "right thing for the team."

He said that he didn't want Stempniak sitting out too long and that he felt Miller could have played better against the Capitals.

Miller was "inexplicably" scratched and Larry Brooks says that it reinforces the idea that Vigneault doesn't trust Miller. (NY Post)

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Lee Stempniak met with the media today for the first time since being diagnosed with the mumps.

On how he feels, Stempniak said "I feel really good. It was a mild case, I was lucky. Other than the swelling I felt pretty much totally normal for the five days, I think it was mentally tougher to be away from everyone and isolated for those five days."(NYR)

He said that he felt good during his five-day isolation period, did a little work with weights to stay active and hopes to be ready on Saturday when the Rangers play the Devils. (NYR)

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Lee Stempniak was a healthy scratch for the second straight game last night after missing last Wednesday's win over the Flyers with a lower back issue.

Alain Vigneault said that he spoke with Stempniak and said that while he has been inconsistent at times, his injury coincided with the Rangers recent stretch of strong play which left him the odd-man out. (Daily News)

Vigneault said that Stempniak is a versatile player who can play 5 on 5, PK and PP. (Daily News)

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Lee Stempniak is being listed as day to day and will likely not play tonight for the Rangers due to tightness in his lower back. (Mike Morreale)

Stempniak did not practice yesterday and Alain Vigneault said that it's not a serious injury. (Mike Morreale)

He has four goals and four assists for the Rangers this season with 43 shots, 22 hits and an average of 14:59 per game.

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6:47PM: Dave Maloney said that Stempniak is a player who can move around and can be reliable in all 3 zones.

3:17PM: Alain Vigneault said that Stempniak has impressed him with how he holds onto the puck and that he has taken hits to make plays.

11:20AM: Lee Stempniak has 2 goals and 2 assist in 4 for the Rangers.

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Lee Stempniak will make his debut in a Rangers jersey on tonight in Chicago and is battling for one of the remaining roles in the Rangers bottom six.

Asked about being a two-way player, Stempniak said "It's something that I have worked at over my career. I can play offensively but I have worked to become a good two-way player that is responsible and just be a player that the coach trusts in any situation, up by a goal, down by a goal, even strength, PP, PK, I want to be someone that the coaches can rely on." (Lohud on Soundcloud)

On why he chose the Rangers, Stempniak says that he fits their style of play and he likes playing on a team that rolls four lines. He says that when you roll four lines you never know how the hero will be and pointed to Dominic Moore's line scoring in game seven against the Penguins.

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Lee Stempniak says that his style of play is well suited for how Alain Vigneault wants his team to play. (Rangers)

Stempniak says that he thinks he will be a good fit with the Rangers because of his skating, speed and getting in on the forecheck. (Rangers)

He says that "speed" is the key to his game and that he also tries to bring a "strong work ethic" and play at both sides of the rink. (Rangers)

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The Rangers have announced the jersey numbers for new players this season (Rangers):

  • Dan Boyle: 22
  • Tanner Glass: 15
  • Lee Stempniak: 12
Jesper Fast will switch from 12 to 91.

Matthew Lombardi, Michael Kostka, Matt Hunwick and Steven Kampfer are still without numbers.

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?Year/StatsIce TimePP TimePK TimeHits
2005-06 (14g, 13a)14:223:25? (5g,2a):245?Corsi
2006-07 (27g, 25a)14:433:11 (8g,11a):1064
2007-08 (13g, 25a)15:532:41 (3g,7a):3710349.2
2008-09 (14g, 30a)16:322:49 (3g,10a):16? (1a)10749.0
2009-10 (28g, 20a)17:192:41 (9g,7a)1:21 (1g)8755.6
2010-11 (19g, 19a)15:151:49 (2g,4a):112449.2
2011-12 (14g, 14a)16:141:51 (2g,3a)1:245552.3
2012-13 (9g, 23a)17:541:41 (4g,2a)1:55 (4a)4749.8
2013-14 (12g, 22a)18:28:22:561947.8
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John Davidson, the former President of the Blues, said that when he signed Lee Stempniak to a three-year deal following a 27 goal, 25 assist season, he was locking up a good young player with upside.? (CP)

Stempniak played 4 years for St. Louis and had 130 points in 223 games. He was traded to Toronto where he played 123 games and only had 61 points.

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The first time that Lee Stempniak was traded was in 2008-09 when he was sent from St. Louis to Toronto.

At the time, Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher said that they were acquring a top-six forward who can add offense and play on the power play. He added that Stempniak was the kind of player that Toronto was trying to add to their roster for the future. (ESPN.com)

Stempniak said that in Pittsburgh his role was to to hold onto the puck in the offensive zone and use his skating. (PG)

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For the 2014-15 season, any player with a cap hit under $925,000 that is in the AHL will not count against the NHL salary cap.

The formula that determines this number is the NHL minimum salary plus $375,000. (Cap Geek)

Neither Lee Stempniak, a cap hit of $900,000, or Matthew Lombard, $800,000, would count against the salary cap if sent to the AHL. (NY Post)

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1:12PM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing.

7/19/14 | 9:06AM: Stempniak's deal is for ONE-YEAR and $900,000. (Larry Brooks)

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