Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers acquire Steve Eminger
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07-16-2010, 09:34 AM
Change is good.
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Steve Eminger, 26, has been moving a lot lately, and the New York Rangers will be his sixth team (Washington, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida, Anaheim) since 2008.

While Eminger doesn't appear that he's going to live up to his draft slot -- he was taken 12th overall in 2002 -- he stepped into a more prominent role with the Ducks late in the season and didn't appear out of place. From February on, Eminger played more than 22 minutes per game and had ten points and a plus-6 rating in his last 24 games.

With the Rangers, Eminger is a prime insurance policy. If the Rangers can't come to an agreement with restricted free agent Marc Staal (a worst-case scenario), decide to bury Wade Redden in the minors or merely want competition for Matt Gilroy, Eminger is capable of filling a variety of roles on the Rangers' blueline.

Eminger has $1.125-million left on his deal, and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

What seems assured is that Eminger will provide more for the Rangers than they were expecting from Aaron Voros, a fourth-line tough guy who played just 6:09 per game in 41 games last season.

This is why this move made a LOT of sense for us. Still can't believe anyone complained about trading Voros and Hillier for him.

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