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Boston Bruins Announce Trade Deadline Transactions

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 29, the following transactions: the club has acquired forward Lee Stempniak from New Jersey in exchange for the Bruins natural fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and the Bruins natural second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The team also acquired defenseman John-Michael Liles from Carolina in exchange for forward Anthony Camara, the Bruins natural third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and the Bruins natural fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Sweeney also announced that the club has assigned forwards Max Talbot, Zac Rinaldo and Joonas Kemppainen to Providence (American Hockey League).

Stempniak has skated in 63 games with New Jersey in 2015-16, posting 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points with 34 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating. Stempniak leads the Devils in points and assists, and his 41 points this year are the most he’s scored in a single season since 2009-10, when he recorded a combined 48 points with Toronto and Phoenix. The 5’11”, 195-pound forward has played in 771 career NHL games over 11 seasons with St. Louis, Toronto, Phoenix, Calgary, Pittsburgh, N.Y. Rangers, Winnipeg and New Jersey, totaling 181 goals and 229 assists for 410 points with 287 penalty minutes.

The 33-year-old native of West Seneca, New York was drafted by St. Louis in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Liles has skated in 64 games with Carolina in 2015-16, recording six goals and nine assists for 15 points. The 5’10”, 185-pound defenseman has played in 783 career NHL games over 12 seasons with Carolina, Toronto and Colorado, totaling 87 goals and 272 assists for 359 points with 280 penalty minutes.

The 35-year-old native of Indianapolis, Indiana was drafted by Colorado in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Camara has skated in 33 games with Providence in 2015-16, recording five assists and 54 penalty minutes. In 150 career AHL games with Providence, the 6’0”, 194-pound forward has posted 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points with 136 penalty minutes.

The 22-year-old native of Toronto, Ontario was drafted by the Bruins in the third round (81st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Talbot has skated in 36 games with Boston this season, accruing two goals and four assists for six points. In his Bruins career, the 5’11”, 186-pound forward has tallied two goals and seven assists for nine points in 54 games. In his NHL career, the 32-year-old has totaled 91 goals and 112 assists for 203 points in 702 games.

Talbot has skated in 10 games with Providence this season, registering four goals and six assists for 10 points with a plus-three rating.

The native of Lemoyne, Quebec was acquired by Boston via trade from Colorado on March 1, 2015 in exchange for Jordan Caron and a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Rinaldo has skated in 52 games with Boston in 2015-16, his first season with the team, registering one goal and two assists for three points with a team-leading 83 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Bruins, the 25-year-old spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and has accrued nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points with 655 penalty minutes in 275 career NHL games.

Rinaldo’s last stint in the AHL came in 2011-12 with the Adirondack Phantoms, when he recorded two points and 11 penalty minutes in four games.

The 5’10”, 188-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario was acquired by the Bruins on June 29, 2015 from Philadelphia in exchange for a third-round pick in 2017.

Kemppainen has skated in 44 games with Boston in 2015-16, his first season with the club, recording two goals and three assists for five points. The 27-year-old forward has played in three games with Providence this season.

Prior to signing with Boston, Kemppainen skated in 59 games for Oulun Kärpät in the Finnish Elite League during the 2014-15 season and recorded 11 goals, 21 assists and a plus-15 rating. In 19 playoff games for Kärpät that year, he potted 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points with a plus-14 rating.

The 6’2”, 220-pound native of Kajaani, Finland was signed as a free agent by the Bruins on May 21, 2015.

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