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Rangers re-sign Eminger: one year, $750,000

Sep 10, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

Steve Eminger

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with UFA defenseman Steve Eminger on a one-year deal worth $750,000, according to the New York Post.

Eminger, 28, spent last year with the Rangers on a one-year, $800,000 deal — meaning yes, he took a pay cut — appearing in 42 games while recording 2G-3A-5PTS.

Eminger also appeared in four postseason contests with the Blueshirts, including a whopping two minutes in the sixth and deciding game of the Eastern Conference final, a 3-2 OT loss to New Jersey.

The move is a depth signing, something the New York defense needed after shipping Tim Erixon to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade and the uncertainty surrounding Michael Sauer‘s return from a concussion. (The Rangers also lost Jeff Woywitka to free agency, as he signed in St. Louis.)

Eminger, the 12th overall pick in 2002, has spent time with the Capitals, Flyers, Lightning, Panthers and Ducks before landing with the Rangers.

His career year came in 2008-09, when he posted 4G-19A-23PTS in 71 games with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Florida.

  1. DED - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    While not a flashy guy, Eminger has been solid for the Rangers. He’s there in case someone gets injured or slumps.

    I have yet to hear any progress in Sauer’s recovery from his concussion so that’s one right there.

    And if Del Zotto doesn’t re-sign with the team, well, there’s two.

    Hopefully Bickel will build on last season, if not, Eminger can fill in for him if Tortz puts him in the doghouse.

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