The New York Rangers have traded forward Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for minor-league winger Carl Klingberg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As expected, Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff made a move to bring in the top-nine winger he’s sought for a couple of months now. Stempniak is an experienced forward who can play either win on the checking line. He can kill penalties and contribute on the power play. He should be a good fit with the Jets as they battle for a playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Stempniak’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and obviously no longer fit into the Rangers plans beyond this season, though this move could leave the Blueshirts a bit thin on their checking lines. They could swing another deal or replace Stempniak with the 6’3″ 205-pound Klingberg, who can also play either wing and plays a responsible defensive game.