IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The 34-year-old just can't stay healthy, and will head to injured reserve for the second time this season. Stempniak suffered the injury just a couple shifts into his first conditioning game with AHL Charlotte on Friday, and the new ailment is reportedly separate from the back issues that had kept him out of 2017-18 thus far. Josh Jooris and Phil Di Giuseppe figure to receive increased roles in his absence.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak -- who was out on a conditioning assignment for a back ailment -- suffered an upper-body injury that is expected to sideline him long term, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

This latest malady is a huge blow for Stempniak, who still has yet to make his 2017-18 debut. With the veteran once again unavailable, the Canes were forced to call-up Phil Di Giuseppe in order to provide additional forward depth. While it has yet to officially happen, given the pessimism expressed by head coach Bill Peters, Stempniak is likely bound for another stint on injured reserve.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak (back) was recalled from his conditioning assignment Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Carolina wanted Stempniak to see some action in the minors before playing his first NHL game of 2017-18, and after just one minor league tilt he'll pack his bags and rejoin Carolina. The 34-year-old is known best for his strong shot that notched him 16 goals last year, and he's also coming off back-to-back 40 point efforts. However with Carolina loaded with right wingers this year as Teuvo Teravainen, Elias Lindholm, and Justin Williams have all been logging consistent minutes, it's unclear what line Stempniak will be placed on.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak (back) exited Friday's game with AHL Charlotte after only a couple of shifts and will not return, Checkers Director of Communications Nick Niedzielski reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stempniak appeared to be on track to rejoin the Hurricanes relatively soon, but the most recent news casts doubt on any impending return. An updated timeline for the winger may arise when the results of his tests surface.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak (back) was officially activated from injured reserve and sent to AHL Charlotte for conditioning Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Basically, Stempniak is healthy again, but since he's yet to make his season debut, the conditioning stint in a relatively low-pressure environment of the AHL should be the final step in his recovery. The Hurricanes currently are bottom-dwellers in the Metropolitan Division, so they'll welcome Stempniak back with open arms since he's known to be a proficient playmaker who put up 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) over a full season in 2016-17.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak (back) is expected to join AHL Charlotte on a conditioning assignment, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stempniak -- who has yet to suit up this season -- will log some games in the minors in order to get himself back up to 100 percent before the Canes put him back out on the ice. The Checkers are in action Friday and Saturday, which could allow the New York native to return in time for Monday's clash with Dallas -- although the team did not provide any specifics regarding the length of his stint.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak (back) is getting closer to a return, but is ruled out for Tuesday's matchup with the Panthers, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith also notes that coach Bill Peters hinted that Stempniak could be in for a conditioning stint before returning to full action with the Hurricanes. Either way, the veteran journeyman has yet to see the ice this season and still mostly holds limited fantasy value.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak (back) was a full participant in Friday's skate, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Taking contact -- as Stempniak did Friday -- is typically viewed as the last major hurdle in the recovery progress. However, the American winger has yet to make his season debut, and Hurricanes coach Bill Peters told reporters on Halloween that the 2003 fifth-rounder is a "long way away" from returning. Since Stempniak remains on injured reserve, we recommend that you keep an eye on Carolina's transactions in the coming days to see if they activate him and send a player to the minors in a corresponding move.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
1 month ago

Stempniak (back) remains unavailable to suit up for Carolina, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stempniak has yet to make his 2017-18 debut and will likely have to wait a while longer, as coach Bill Peters told reporters the winger is a "long way away," from returning, as reported by Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer. At minimum, the veteran will miss the next two outings based on the Canes need to promote a player from AHL Charlotte, but it could be longer considering the club has not provided a timeline for his return.

IRLee Stempniak
RW FA
2 months ago

Stempniak (back) won't return Saturday in Dallas, as his team will go with the same lineup that earned the victory over host Calgary on Thursday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Without Stempniak, Carolina has started the season with a 3-1-1 record in the Metropolitan Division, yet that's currently only good for a sixth-place standing. The versatile winger's next chance to lace up for a game will come Tuesday against the visiting Lightning.