The Rangers have found the veteran presence on the blue line they were searching for…sort of. The team today announced it has come to terms with defenseman Steve Eminger to return to Broadway for another season. The Rangers have not released the terms, but Larry Brook at the New York Post said it is a one-year deal worth $800K, very reasonable for a guy not expected to play every day.
“I’m thankful to the New York Rangers organization for re-signing me,” said Eminger in an email to the New York Daily News. “I’m proud to be a part of this team, as I know they always have been and will continue to be committed to winning. I’m excited for this upcoming season and in doing my part to achieve success.”
Last season, Eminger, 27, scored two goals and six points in 65 games with the Rangers, predominantly filling the role of sixth and seventh defenseman. For what its worth, the team went 4-1-1 when Eminger registered a point. The Rangers originally acquired Eminger in the Aaron Voros trade last summer.
I’m a fan of Eminger, and more importantly, the price. The Rangers needed a stable presence on the back-end of a very young group. After Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, this team has second-year players being asked to take on big responsibilities on a team that on paper could compete for at least a division title.
Though Eminger isn’t Bobby Orr, he’s a safe-bet back there. The Rangers know he doesn’t bring much in terms of offense, but he’s a no-nonsense, team guy which coach John Tortorella praised throughout the season.
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