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Busy Devils hand Stempniak a PTO

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New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero sure is getting a lot done on “Hump Day.”

Not long after the team announced a contract for Jiri Tlusty and tryout for Tyler Kennedy, the Devils also shared news that winger Lee Stepmniak is getting a professional tryout contract.

This comes as some surprise, as much of the scuttlebutt pointed to Stempniak trying to land a spot with the Boston Bruins.

Of course, he could still end up in a Bruins uniform to start the 2015-16 season, depending upon how things work out.

The Devils may opt against giving him a full deal (or leave too much money on the table), opening the door for the Bruins or another NHL team to acquire Stempniak.

The 32-year-old’s numbers have taken a slight dip lately, but to be fair, he’s been bouncing around the NHL quite a bit the past two seasons. Perhaps he can gain some stability by playing well during this month?