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Report: Eminger reaches preliminary agreement with KHL squad

Aug 25, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

Steve Eminger

Defenseman Steve Eminger has come to a preliminary agreement with the KHL’s Admiral Vladivostok, according to Sport-Express and CSN’s Sarah Baicker.

Eminger was originally taken with the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. At his height in 2008-09, he had five goals and 26 points in 71 contests while averaging 21:37 minutes per game. However, he has been unable to re-establish himself as a top-four defenseman over his last three campaigns with the New York Rangers.

The 29-year-old blueliner had just three assists and logged 13:02 minutes per game in 35 matches last season. He became an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Vladivostok is an expansion team and the city borders the Pacific Ocean. Along with HC Amur, it is one of two KHL teams located in the Russian Far East.

Eminger has 99 points and 359 penalty minutes in 488 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, and Rangers.

  1. JRZ Satan - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    I just Googled Vladivostok – It’s a stone throws away from North Korea.

    He just signed up for the gulag.

  2. shrshot - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    He can enjoy the birthplace of Yul Brynner and giving half of his earnings to the Russian mob

  3. nhstateline - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    And spending more time on a plane than any NHL player ever does. I bet those road trips are nightmarish. Vladivostock to the next closest team must be several hours never mind all those trips to Moscow and westward that come with an 8 hour time difference. Plus, it’s cold in the winter, very cold. But guys like this are who is going to get squeezed by the CBA. The starts are going to get paid and there are always slots for young and cheap. it’s the middle level mid to late career player that’s going to either take a big pay cut or learn Russian.

  4. nhstateline - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    It should say the stars are going to get paid. I’m shuddering at the idea of January in the Russian Far East……

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