The Boston Bruins have had some luck in the past when it came down to offering from professional tryouts to players who had been forgotten. Remember when they managed to do exactly that when they found backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson via the PTO? Once again, this time for the 2018-19, they hope to strike a great deal by offering two professional tryout agreements on Monday.
It has been confirmed that the Bruins have signed forward Lee Stempniak and forward Daniel Winnik to professional tryouts.
Stempniak has some experience playing with the Bruins as he took part in 19 games as a member of the Black and Gold during the 2015-16 season. The veteran forward managed to record 10 points during his short stint with Boston after getting traded from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round pick, who ended up being Evan Cormier, and a 2017 second-round pick, who ended up being Mario Ferraro, later acquired by San Jose Sharks.
Speculation got louder as the free agent on the eve of the opening of NHL training camp was spotted at Warrior Ice Arena in late August as a participant in the Bruins’ captains practice.
He missed the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign due to various injuries, as he appeared in just 37 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes for whom he tallied three goals and nine points. The veteran forward has played 13 seasons in the NHL with 10 different clubs — putting up a record of 203 goals and 469 points over 909 career games.
As for Winnik, you can say that the veteran forward is quite used to moving around. The 33-year-old has played for nine different NHL teams over 11 seasons in the league. He has recorded 82 goals, 169 assists for 251 points in 798 games played across the NHL. Winnik was last season playing for the Minnesota Wild. In 81 games, he accumulated 21 points.
There will be intense competition at the training camp, though it might be tough for both Stempniak and Winnik to crack the roster. They are expected however to push younger candidates for vacant spots like second-line wing and bottom-six roles interesting if they put together strong camps.