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February 27, 2016 | 11:01am ET
Stempniak ready in case of trade
TheFourthPeriod.com

New Jersey Devils forward Lee Stempniak knows there's a chance he could be dealt by Monday's 3pm ET trade deadline.

Stempniak, 33, leads the Devils with 41 points in 63 games and understands he could be packing his bags yet again, despite New Jersey battling for a playoff spot.

"Change is not always bad," Stempniak told the Toronto Sun. "I've been through it before three times. I've always sort of prepared for it.

"It's something you know is always possible."

Stempniak is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the Devils are believed to be contemplating trading him, along with some of his teammates like defenseman David Schlemko and forward Jordin Tootoo.

"You realize that you got traded to a team that wants you and wants you to do well," Stempniak of being dealt. "They want you to play to your strengths as an individual. Jumping in with both feet really helped me out so much more."

Several teams are looking for scoring depth heading into the playoffs and could present New Jersey with an offer involving a high draft pick for Stempniak's services.


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