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NHL Free Agency: Lee Stempniak says farewell to Boston

He wanted to play in Boston...but maybe Boston didn't want him. Again

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in a season, the Bruins have taken a pass on Lee Stempniak.

The B's forward, who joined at the trade deadline last year after being rejected on a PTO at the beginning of the season, is moving to the Carolina Hurricanes on a $2.5 million a year two year deal.

This will be Stempniak's 10th NHL stop...the nomadic winger joined Boston with the hope that he would add some scoring and be an effective, versatile winger. However, with 10 points in 19 games and a coach who moved him up and down the lines, his future in Boston always looked to be a short-term one.

His $2.5 million salary is nearly triple his contract as a Bruin, which might explain just why Don Sweeney and Cam Neely found him too rich for their blood, particularly with the arrival of David Backes.

Farewell and good luck, Lee.