I had the chance to talk to a NHL scout this afternoon. It was a funny conversation in that when I asked him about Lee Stempniak he had no clue why I was asking. He told me that he is “very small, with a quick release and an amazing shot, he is a great finsiher. Lee has fallen off the map. I am not sure what happened to him. Really good skater. Bonafide sniper… Would be awesome with Grrabovsky and Hagman.”
It got really funny when he asked why I was asking and I told him that the Leafs just traded for him in exchange for Carlo and Steen when he yelled “FUCK!”, apparently he had tried to convince his club to take a flyer on Steen, whom “clearly is in need of a change of scenery.”
Over at the Star Damien has Brian Burke coming to town to visit with Dale Talon who unfortunately lost his dad last Friday:
“Burke headed east from his home in California to the Boston area yesterday with his two children and wife, Jennifer, to be with his other four children for U.S. Thanksgiving this week. He was expecting to travel north to Toronto today, however, to visit with close friend Dale Tallon, the Chicago GM whose father, Stan, died in Gravenhurst on Friday.”
Sources tell TSM that Burke was not at the funeral which was held earlier today, which doesn’t mean Burke isn’t coming to see Talon, just that he wasn’t at the funeral today….
Time will tell…. Gotta wonder if Cliff asked Brian for his opinion on the deal before pulling the trigger 🙂