Terms? I guess that they know what they have here, probably signed for pretty cheap...
I would guess 1 year in the 600K-700K range. Actually looking at his previous contracts I could see up to 800K too but definitely no more than that.
I like Eminger so I'm more than fine with this. Without Sauer the Rangers have 6 D (including MDZ) and Bickel isn't an everyday player so I'd imagine him and Eminger split time. At some point down the line I'm sure they'll look to grab another dman to solidify the bottom pairing with Stralman. For now though this will work fine.
Should be a good battle between him and Bickel for the 6th spot coming up this year. I'd have liked to see a guy like Rozy or Colaiacovo brought in, could still happen, but at least they're addressing the D-depth.
This guy at one point was filling in top 4 RD spot O.K. for us. Neither he nor Stralman are ideal in that spot but e can hope that wile one is off the other is on. Eminger brings a mix of physical play, experience, and versatility. Hard to argue with the move.
I like Eminger, but I still think that a need exists for a more experienced/reliable veteran on the back line. You have to believe your top 4 aren't all playing 82 games.
I'm still hoping for something like this:
McDonough - Girardi
Staal - Del Zotto
Stralman - Rozy (or other vet d-man)
I'm not sure if they consider themselves done at D yet... they could carry Bickel as an extra defenseman/emergency forward. Eminger as an extra defenseman.
A guy like Haley has a 2-way deal for the first year of his contract, so you could send him down and use Bickel as the emergency forward. Haley or someone else could always be brought up if there is a long term injury.