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Lee Stempniak traded on NHL deadline day for 3rd straight year

For the third year in a row and fourth time overall, veteran NHL forward Lee Stempniak was traded on deadline day, this time departing New Jersey for the Boston Bruins. The 33-year-old pending unrestricted free agent is on track for a career-high 54 points.

Bruins acquire pending UFA for 2 draft picks

Lee Stempniak on Monday was dealt by the Devils to Boston, marking the third consecutive year and fourth time overall the veteran forward was traded on NHL deadline day. Stempniak, 33, gives the Bruins much-needed depth at right wing. With 16 goals and 41 points in 63 games this season, the 10-year NHL forward is on track for a career-high 54 points. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Lee Stempniak, to no one's surprise, is moving to a new hockey home.

For the third year in a row and fourth time overall, the veteran NHL forward was traded on deadline day, this time departing New Jersey for the Boston Bruins.

In return, the Devils received a 2016 fourth-round draft pick and 2017 second-rounder.

Rookie Bruins general manager Don Sweeney apparently has coveted Stempniak for some time.

Stempniak, 33, gives the Bruins much-needed depth at right wing. With 16 goals and 41 points in 63 games this season, the 10-year NHL forward is on track for a career-high 54 points. He had 52 points in the 2006-07 campaign with St. Louis.

Stempniak is a pending unrestricted free agent.

He has 181 goals and 410 points in 771 NHL regular-season games for Toronto, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, New York Rangers, Blues and Devils.

Bruins add Liles, keep Eriksson

Also Monday, Boston added depth to its blue-line, acquiring 35-year-old John-Michael Liles from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2016 third-round draft pick, 2017 fifth-rounder and forward prospect Anthony Camara.

Sweeney also held on to pending UFA forward Loui Eriksson, who was linked to trade rumours leading up to the deadline.

In a news release, Sweeney said contract talks with Eriksson and his representative would continue.

 

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