RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has placed forward Lee Stempniak on injured reserve. Stempniak suffered an upper-body injury during the first game of his conditioning stint with Charlotte (AHL) on Friday night in Utica.
Stempniak, 34, registered 40 points (16g, 24a) in 82 games with the Hurricanes last season. The West Seneca, NY, native ranked tied for fourth on the team in goals (16) in 2016-17 and was one of six Hurricanes skaters to appear in all 82 games. Stempniak has recorded 460 points (200g, 260a) in 872 career NHL games with St. Louis, Toronto, Arizona, Calgary, Pittsburgh, NY Rangers, Winnipeg, New Jersey, Boston and Carolina. He was drafted by St. Louis in the fifth round, 148th overall, in the 2003 NHL Draft and signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent on July 1, 2016.