Stempniak (mumps) is back in the Rangers lineup tonight.
There were some rumblings that Stempniak would be back in the lineup tonight, but coach Alain Vigneault would not confirm that this morning. Stempniak is on the ice for warmups, skating with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin.
Rangers confirm that Stempniak has tested positive for mumps.
Stempniak has missed the last two games with an illness that has been diagnosed as mumps. Despite having the virus, Stempniak skated on his own this morning and is expected to join the team on Tuesday. That suggests that he is past the infectious stage.
Stempniak will be isolated from the team for five days and is being tested for mumps.
Stempniak is expected to be isolated from the team until Tuesday which means he will likely miss the next three games and won’t be back until after the Christmas break. The Rangers are already without Derick Brassard who is out with mumps.
The Rangers signed Lee Stempniak to a one-year, $900K deal.
Stempniak, 31, had 12 goals and 22 assists (34 points) in 73 games between the Flames and Penguins last season. He provides the Rangers with depth at right wing, but likely won't play a big enough role to have a fantasy impact in 2014-15.
Stempniak has arrived in San Jose, but no official word if he will play tonight.
It is believed that when Stempniak makes his was into the Penguins lineup, that he will skate on a line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby. Nothing has been confirmed by coach Bylsma, so we will wait for warmups to determine if he even plays tonight vs. the Coyotes.
The Flames have traded Lee Stempniak to the Penguins for a third-round pick.
The Penguins were shopping for a winger that can replace Pascal Dupuis, who was lost for the season. with a knee injury. Stempniak is expected to replace Brian Gibbons on Sidney Crosby's wing, which will obviously make him an intriguing pick-up. Stempniak has eight goals and 15 assists in 52 games this season. Despite likely landing on a line with Crosby, he has not scored 20 goals since 2006-07. He makes for a speculative add in 12-team leagues.
Stempniak (foot) will return to the Flames lineup tonight.
Stempniak missed the last seven games with a broken foot. He was off to a strong start prior to the injury - he posted four goals and five assists in 10 games. Tonight he will skate on the Flames third line with Sven Baertschi and Sean Monahan.