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Hurricanes Sign Lee Stempniak For Two Years

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Stempniak notched 19 goals and 33 assists last season.

Lee Stempniak battles with Ron Hainsey in NHL action
Lee Stempniak battles with Ron Hainsey in NHL action
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes added some more scoring to their lineup with the signing of Lee Stempniak.  The forward scored 19 goals and added 33 assists in stints with New Jersey and Boston last year.

His contract is for two years and will pay $2.5 million each season.

The 33-year-old has been around the block a bit.  Last season was the best season he had scoring since 2010-11 when he scored 19 goals and 19 assists for Arizona.

The team's presser follows:

Check out CH.com for more info.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2016

LEE STEMPNIAK AGREES TO TERMS WITH HURRICANES

Winger notched 51 points for Devils and Bruins in 2015-16

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Lee Stempniak (STEHMP-nee-ak) on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Stempniak $2.5 million per season. 

"Lee is a veteran, skilled forward who will provide offense for our team, as well as leadership on and off the ice," said Francis.

Stempniak, 33, netted 19 goals and added 33 assists (51 points) and was plus-3 in 82 games with the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in 2015-16. A fifth-round selection by St. Louis in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the West Seneca, NY, native has scored 184 goals and earned 236 assists (420 points) in 790 career NHL games with St. Louis, Toronto, Phoenix, Calgary, Pittsburgh, the NY Rangers, Winnipeg, New Jersey and Boston. Stempniak has appeared in 28 career Stanley Cup playoff games, totaling 14 points (6g, 8a).

Prior to turning professional, Stempniak (5’11", 196 lbs.) spent four seasons at Dartmouth, where he was a two-time All-American and served as team captain. He has represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship three times (2007, 2008, 2009). His career statistics are below.

The Carolina Hurricanes open the 2016-17 regular season, their 19th season in North Carolina, on the road against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 13. The Hurricanes host the New York Rangers in their regular-season home opener at PNC Arena on Oct. 28 (7:30 p.m.). For information about Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263).

LEE STEMPNIAK’S CAREER STATISTICS

REGULAR SEASON                         PLAYOFFS

YEAR      TEAM                           LEAGUE        GP      G       A     PTS     PIM            GP      G       A     PTS     PIM

2001-02   Dartmouth College      ECAC              32      12       9       21         8                -         -         -         -           -

2002-03   Dartmouth College      ECAC              34      21      28      49        32               -         -         -         -           -

2003-04   Dartmouth College      ECAC              34      16      22      38        42               -         -         -         -           -

2004-05   Dartmouth College      ECAC              35      14      29      43        34               -         -         -         -           -

2005-06   St. Louis                      NHL                57      14      13      27        22               -         -         -         -           -

Peoria                         AHL                 26       8        7       15        32               3        0        3        3          2

2006-07   St. Louis                      NHL                82      27      25      52        33               -         -         -         -           -

2007-08   St. Louis                      NHL                80      13      25      38        40               -         -         -         -           -

2008-09   St. Louis                      NHL                14       3       10      13         2                -         -         -         -           -

Toronto                        NHL                61      11      20      31        31               -         -         -         -           -

2009-10   Toronto                        NHL                62      14      16      30        18               -         -         -         -           -

Phoenix                        NHL                18      14       4       18         8                7        0        2        2          0

2010-11   Phoenix                        NHL                82      19      19      38        19               4        0        0        0          0

2011-12   Calgary                        NHL                61      14      14      28        16               -         -         -         -           -

2012-13   Calgary                        NHL                47       9       23      32        12               -         -         -         -           -

2013-14   Calgary                        NHL                52       8       15      23        28               -         -         -         -           -

Pittsburgh                   NHL                21       4        7       11         4               13       2        1        3          6

2014-15   NY Rangers                 NHL                53       9        9       18        18               -         -         -         -           -

Winnipeg                     NHL                18       6        4       10         2                4        1        0        1          0

2015-16   New Jersey                  NHL                63      16      25      41        34               -         -         -         -           -

Boston                         NHL                19       3        7       10         4                -         -         -         -           -

NHL TOTALS (11 seasons)                       790    184    236    420      291             28       3        3        6          6