According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the New York Rangers are closing in on unrestricted free agent Lee Stempniak with a one-year deal. Both parties are still working out the final terms, but it's safe to assume this will be a relatively cheap signing, given the Rangers cap squeeze. With the addition of Matthew Lombardi a few days ago, and now Stempniak, the Rangers bottom-six is slowly but surely coming to form.
Stempniak will slide nicely into the spot that was vacated by Benoit Pouliot after he bolted for the Edmonton Oilers on a long-term deal. This signing also takes away yet another roster spot that was likely going to be heavily coveted by some of the younger prospects during training camp. As it stands right now, the only spot that technically remains open is the third line center role.
Given all of the signings, the Rangers opening night roster could very well appear as follows:
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash
Martin St. Louis - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin - J.T. Miller - Lee Stempniak
Tanner Glass - Dominic Moore - Matthew Lombardi
Thoughts on this?