Streaking Norsemen Make Tradeby Matt MacInnis | January 12, 2014, 9:54 PM ET
The Vancouver Island Norsemen and the cash-strapped Las Vegas Aces have made a deal that sees Lee Stempniak become the newest Norsemen.
The 29-year old right winger is expected to place a mix of second and third-line minutes, in addition to taking a role on the penalty kill and potentially see some shootout opportunities. The veteran adds a steady mix of two-way play to a team that has a lot of youth playing on the third and fourth line between Shawn Matthias, Josh Bailey and Lennart Petrell.
The Norsemen gave up a third round draft pick in the 2013 SICHL Entry Draft in the deal.
"You never like to lose day one draft picks in the SICHL," admitted GM MacInnis. "But we felt Stempniak is a player who can really contribute and make a difference to our club. He's good offensively and defensively and has a bit of a history of playing bigger than he is."
After playing most of his first six seasons with the Hamburg Gladiators, the Norsemen are now his fourth team in the past year and a half. He has 532 career games played and 267 regular season points. He will look to eclipse the 300 mark this season.
The trade is likely to result in additional roster moves. All of the other young forwards could be candidates for demotion as none of them have been impressive early on. The franchise is also rumoured to be involved in a handful of additional trade talks which could bring fresh faces to the lineup. Injuries to Jamie Benn, Brendan Dillon and backup goaltender Dan Ellis are also stretching the depth of the team.
GM MacInnis will continue to control the reigns behind the bench for at least another week as pending Norsemen head coach Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks were successful this weekend and moved on to the NFC Championship game a week from today. Carroll will take over once his NFL responsibilities have been fulfilled.