Ramblings: Pacioretty, Stajan, Stempniak, and Draft Strategies – August 31

Michael Clifford

2018-08-31

 

It’s Labour Day weekend which means, hopefully, you guys and gals have some time to just relax. It’s easier said than done for some, but now would be a great time to grab your copy of the 2018-19 Dobber Hockey fantasy guide from the Dobber Shop! It’ll be training camps before you know it so get a head start on your league mates and dig into the Dobber guide.

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There was an informal skate for local Boston players yesterday and, naturally, most were Bruins players. Now, they weren’t all current Boston Bruins players, as, according to Amalie Benjamin, both Matt Beleskey and Colin Miller were on the ice. There was, however, another interesting name:

Lee Stempniak is currently still a UFA.

This isn’t to say that the Bruins are on the verge of signing Stempniak or anything, but it is a signing, or potential PTO, that would make sense. It would be a one-year, low-dollar contract that can easily fit on this roster and provide a bit of punch on the third, likely fourth line.

Again, this is just for local players so maybe he’s just getting some ice time in with top competition and Boston isn’t interested at all. Just found it curious.

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Not overly fantasy-relevant but Matt Stajan has signed in Germany so it seems his NHL career is effectively over.

Stajan was never really a prolific scorer, having cracked the 50-point mark twice and those two seasons, 2008-09 and 2009-10, being the only two years he managed at least 40. He also never scored 20 goals in a year. That being said, he was always a player who could be relied upon to be an effective third- or fourth-line centre, sometimes higher. He could contribute at both ends of the ice and, beyond that, was always seen as good in the community.

Best of luck to him with the new chapter of his career.

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A little update from Max Pacioretty’s agent: