Lee Stempniak~ Potential Sniper- Brian Burke Update

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 🙂

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November 24, 2008 10:03 pm

A lot of my buds at work were asking me who this guy is, but I was trying to assure them that at the moment this appears to be a decent trade.

We could talk all day about the potential of Coli, but bottom line is this kid had the worst luck EVER and more recently was pointed out by Wilson as being in bad shape on top of it all.

As for Steen, sad to see him go really. BUT this year was supposed to be the year he stepped up but instead he seemed to just get worse as time wore on. He’s been given ample time now to prove what he can do. For whatever reason it never really happened beyond what we all saw.

As for Stemniak, I’m really excited bringing him in and I think he will be an instant fit into our line-up. He can shoot, he’s no powerforward but still plays hard and knows defense too. He should be a great lift to our powerplay. And hey the guy grew up with Stevey Y and Dave Andrechuk as his idols so he can’t be all that bad right!

I think Fletcher made a good move here.

November 24, 2008 11:28 pm

Time will tell. Nealio…Where ya been, was worried about you…

Guy Trottier
Guy Trottier
November 25, 2008 3:54 am

It’s lucky Carlo didn’t tear his MCL leaving Cliffy’s office after the trade.With that “accident just waiting to happen” I’d have placed him in a protective cage until he clears the medical in St. Lou

October 28, 2011 7:58 pm

Whoever edits and pulibsehs these articles really knows what they’re doing.

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