Ten Terrible Ways to End Unemployment: #8

Ninja Vanish! (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

OK, so technically Lee Stempniak wasn't unemployed this summer.  But we just couldn't keep him off of this list.  Was there a more infuriating player to watch during his tenure with Toronto?  The boards behind the opposing team's net actually cried tears of joy when they found out Stempniak had been dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes for two draft picks (both picks were dealt away by Toronto in what I can only assume was a measure to further distance itself from the man known as "Ninja").  He has since moved on to Toronto West, where he'll likely flounder with Matt Stajan on the second or third line for a team in desperate need of a rebuild.  Sounds like a familiar, painful memory.

Bread crumbs....

 

 

I feel this video of Ninja really exemplifies his tenure with the Leafs:

What a beauty.  I can't believe that all we gave up for this guy was Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo.  STEAL.

 

The Coyotes made the right move in dealing Stempniak to Calgary.  He's a 8.5% shooter who needs sheltered ice time.  It will provide Leaf fans with hours of laughter as they watch Toronto West continue their slow, painful slide to the bottom.  Hey, thanks for Dion Phaneuf and Keith Aulie by the way.  Let us know how that aging, below-average Finnish goaltender you've got out there works out for you as well.

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