Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers Re-sign Steve Eminger (1 year, $800k)
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07-26-2011, 03:57 AM
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Well if Eminger really is the #7, I hope Torts is actually going to carry 7 this season, otherwise he's taking a rookie's spot. Albeit, that rookie is going to be a lefty playing on the RD side, but I think Valentenko or Erixon will be able to handle that. They do so enough when they play the PP since that is the better side to shoot from. They just need to be smarter when clearing their own zone or have a really competent back hand.

found this insightful tidbit

"Roughly three in 10 NHL rearguards are right-handed shots (the split is 65 per cent/35 per cent in favour of port-side shooters), but given that half the available jobs are on the right side of the ice, lots of players are being asked to play on the opposite side from where they learned the game. "

There are advantages: A left-handed shot on the right has his stick-blade in the centre of the ice when facing shooters, and it's easier to intercept passes.

But there are also problems, like trying to hold a puck in the offensive zone with a hard-charging opponent in your face. “That's hard enough to do on the forehand,” Gorges said.

The biggest drawback, he added, is emerging from behind the net or making dump-ins at the opposing blueline. “You're exposing your back to the middle of the ice, guys can crunch you and you might not see them coming.”

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