The Bruins will be Lee Stempniak's ninth team. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Bruins trade for John-Michael Liles, Lee Stempniak

DJ Bean
February 29, 2016 - 10:17 am
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In addition to keeping Loui Eriksson, the Bruins swung a trade with the Hurricanes for 35-year-old defenseman John-Michael Liles and added forward Lee Stempniak from New Jersey. Boston sent a third-round pick in 2016, a fifth-round pick in 2017 and former third-round pick Anthony Camara to Carolina. Liles, a left shot, has six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 64 games this season. The Indianapolis native has also played for the Avalanche and Maple Leafs in his career. The Bruins will be Stempniak's ninth team. In 63 games for the Devils this season, Stempniak has 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points. The Bruins gave up a 2017 second-rounder and a 2016 fourth-rounder for Stempniak, a very steep price considering that they could have had him months ago for nothing. Stempniak went to school at Dartmouth and lives in Boston. He spent the weeks leading up to training camp skating with the Bruins as he remained without a contract. The Bruins offered him a professional tryout that he declined in favor of a PTO with the Devils that led to a one-year deal in September. Though the Bruins passed on the opportunity to add him at the time, he had hoped the Bruins would bring him in as a free agent. "I think it would be a good fit. It'€™s a great organization," Stempniak told WEEI.com in September. "I'€™ve heard great things. I'€™ve gotten to know some of the guys. I like them and have a lot of respect for some of their players, just the way they train, the way they play and as people. It'€™s definitely appealing, but for me, it'€™s sort of weighing the options. I'€™ve talked to more teams over the last couple of weeks and things have really picked up. [It'€™s about] finding the right opportunity at this point." The acquisition of Stempniak makes this summer's trade for Zac Rinaldo sting even more than initially expected. Rather than simply sign Stempniak, the Bruins traded a third-round pick in 2017 for Rinaldo, who is now in Providence. They've since spent second-and-fourth-round picks on Stempniak, meaning it has cost second, third and fourth-round picks to end up with a player they could have had for nothing more than a contract. In addition to Monday's trades, the Bruins sent centers Joonas Kemppainen and Max Talbot to Providence.

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