Well, Blue Line Station felt Steve Eminger should be the man to fill the 6th/7th defenseman spot on the roster and it seems the Rangers agreed, re-signing the veteran blueliner to a 1-year, $800,000 deal this afternoon.
Eminger just makes sense. Too much sense in fact. He played well last season despite shuffling in and out of the line-up and only got better after a slow start to the year. He proved reliable, workmanlike and never shirked the physical aspects of a depth defenseman’s job. And, lest we not forget, he had to put up with Bryan McCabe too.
We’ve touched on the reasons before as to why Eminger was the best man for the job, but it never hurts to say it again;
Eminger plays with an edge, something we know the Rangers desperately want of their players at this point, and is a familiar option that the coaching staff know well. Equally, Eminger ‘gets it’; he knows what’s required and would surely be beneficial as someone that’s been there and done it with the Rangers already.
Assuming that last seasons top-4 of Staal-Girardi and McDonagh-Sauer stays the same in 2011/12, re-signing UFA Eminger to partner either Tim Erixon or Michael Del Zotto on the bottom pairing would be a simple move that maintains consistency and prevents the Rangers from having to blend in too many new bodies during training camp.
So yes, as you can assume, I’m very happy with this move both in terms of the player and the price. Eminger’s a safe choice and a guy the organisation knows can work within the system without making a fuss if he finds himself out of the line-up. Welcome back, Steve.