Stempniak, a former Ranger, would fit in perfectly once again with the organization. When he was with the Rangers back in the 2014-2015 season, he posted nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 55 games played.
As of now, his salary hit is $850k. Compare that to Grabner’s hit of $1.5M, and you’d wonder why the Hurricanes would agree to such a deal. However, that teams lacks in scoring, and Grabner had 11 more goals than Stempniak although they had the same amount of points.
Stempniak also isn’t the type of player Grabner is for the Rangers. He’s more of a play-maker than a goal-scorer, which the Rangers could use. Also, because of his time with the organization, he knows the playing style of Alain Vigneault.
This is a good trade to make if the Rangers want to preserve some cap room space. Also, as mentioned, they could use a play-maker, and Stempniak is the guy for that role.