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2014 Free Agency: Rangers, Stempniak Closing In On A One-Year Deal

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The New York Rangers are closing in on a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent forward Lee Stempniak.

Justin K. Aller

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.

Stempniak split time between the Calgary Flames, and Pittsburgh Penguins last season where he totaled 12 goals, 22 assists, and 34 points in 73 regular season games.

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. MillerLee Stempniak
Tanner Glass - Dominic MooreMatthew Lombardi

Thoughts on this?