Read: The Lee Stempniak situation right now

Lee StempniakLee 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)

Stempniak has four goals and four assists this season with 43 shots on goal, 22 hits and an average ice time of 14:59.

When Stempniak is on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers control 50.6% of the shot attempts. (Puckalytics)

Stempniak starts 40.53% of his shifts in the neutral zone, 29.47% in the defensive zone and 30% in the offensive zone. (Puckalytics)

Note: Lee Stempniak likely won’t play tonight with lower back tightness

Lee StempniakLee 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.

Stempniak is seeing 12:01 at even strength, 1:54 on the PP and 1:02 on the PK.

He was hit twice on Monday and had two hits in the game.

Stats: Lee Stempniak so far with the Rangers

Lee Stempniak6:47PM: 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.

Stempniak has 14 shots, 4 hits and is averaging 15:22 per game.

His ice time has broken down as 12:30 at even strength, 1:47 on the PP and 1:04 on the PK.

Dave Maloney said on Monday that Stempniak has been one of the Rangers best players through the first few games. He said that Stempniak is “light on his feet,” has good hands and just goes about his business. (MSG)

When Stempniak has been on the ice, the Rangers have controlled 56% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5. (PA)

Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday, “he is a veteran player that has great knowledge of the game and when your instincts are good you can adapt quicker and he seems to be a good who can do that.”

Elliotte Freidman says that Winnipeg went after Stempniak last summer but he wanted to stay in the East. (CBC)

Read: Lee Stempniak on being a two-way player and why he picked the Rangers

StempniakLee 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.

On the team as a whole, Stempniak said “they come at you and it’s a fast team and they create offense off transition and it’s a deep team.”

Read: The discount the Rangers are getting on Lee Stempniak

StempLee Stempaniak signed a one-year deal with the Rangers for $900,000 which is a 64% drop (THN) in salary from his cap hit last season of $2.5 million and a drop of 67.27% from his actual salary of $2.75 million. (Cap Geek)

Over the last three seasons, Stmepniak has 94 points in 181 games.

  • Brad Boyes has 94 points in 191 games (Two-Year deal worth $2.6 million per)
  • Saku Koivu had 94 points in 186 games ($2.5 million last season)
  • Kris Versteeg has 94 points in 162 games ($4.4 million split between two teams)
  • Artem Anisimov has 93 points in 195 games ($3.28 million per year for two-more years)
  • Benoit Pouliot has 88 points in 188 games ($4 million per year for FIVE-Years)

(Numbers via Cap Geek and Hockey Reference.)

Stempniak is projected to score 12 goals and add in 22 assists this season.

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Read: Lee Stempniak anticipates being a good fit with the Rangers

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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