Stempniak Stomped So Far

Joseph TrentonAnalyst IIIAugust 9, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 23:  Lee Stempniak #22 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck past Daniel Cleary #11 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 23, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 4-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Finishing up the 2010 season, there was nobody nearly as hot as Lee Stempniak of the Phoenix Coyotes. He posted a 14 goal performance in 18 games as a Coyote, and 11 goals in 10 games during one span.

Lee Stempniak was a very serviceable player in his St.Louis Blues days, prior to being traded to Toronto for Carlo Colaiacovo. Stempniak has a goal scorer's touch, and can score in bunches. However, to many people's surprise, Lee remains an unrestricted free agent on Aug.7, 2010. It's been a month and 7 days past the opening of free agency, and it still doesn't look like there is much in the works.

Some suggest that Lee was a one-hit wonder, and others would point the finger on teams being cash strapped by their owners after a recession in the U.S. and there isn't enough money. Another problem is the Kovalchuk saga holding up the entire free agent market, not just strictly affecting one player.

Anyhow, the team who gets Lee Stempniak at reasonable price may hit the jackpot this season.

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