Another trade deadline. Another acquisiton of a winger from the Flames.
The Penguins acquired right winger Lee Stempniak from the Flames in exchange for a third round pick in the 2014 draft.
Stempniak, 31, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million.
In 52 games this season, Stempniak (5-foot-11, 196 points) has 23 points (eight goals, 23 assists). He has averaged 19:24 of ice time this season including 1:58 on the power play and 1:41 on the penalty kill. Stempniak is capable of playing on either wing or on the point of the power play.
Having also spent time with the Coyotes, Maple Leafs and Blues, Stempniak reached 27 goals with St. Louis in 2006-07.
A native of West Seneca, N.Y., Stempniak played with Penguins left winger Tanner Glass at Dartmouth.
A few highlights:
-In three seperate minor moves, right winger Chuck Kobasew was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a day after he cleared waivers. Additionally, center Brian Gibbons and defenseman Simon Despres were each assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and recalled to the NHL in a paper transaction which will keep them eligible for the AHL playoffs.
-EN Says: When speaking this afternoon, Ray Shero wasn't certain about where Stempniak or Marcel Goc would play, but Stempniak is capable of playing on either the first or third lines where there are holes. He can also help boost the second power play unit which is shorthanded a bit on the point.
Stempniak won't make anyone forget Pascal Dupuis or even Matt Cooke, but he can offer some internal competition to the likes of Brian Gibbons or Taylor Pyatt.
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