Eminger Brings 457 Games of NHL Expertise to Whale Backline

The Whale had some serious NHL experience added to their blueline, albeit on a short-term basis, Wednesday, when tenth-year pro Steve Eminger was dispatched to Connecticut on a two-week conditioning assignment.

Photo courtesy of newyorkrangers.com.

Photo courtesy of newyorkrangers.com.

Eminger, a veteran of 457 NHL games in his career, 111 of them in three years with the Rangers, has been caught in a numbers game in the Blueshirts’ defensive rotation, battling Matt Gilroy and Stu Bickel for the last spot in the lineup.  The 6-2, 207-pounder had been a healthy scratch in seven of the Rangers’ last eight games, and had averaged only 5:53 of ice time in the four games he did play.

Eminger had to agree to the conditioning stint for the assignment to be made, so he is clearly serious about getting some quality action in and playing his way back on to the Ranger radar screen, and from the other side of the table, the Rangers still think enough of him that they didn’t risk losing him on the waivers that would have been required for a regular assignment.  So there is a carrot for Eminger to chase during his two weeks in the AHL, a time period that includes six Whale games, and a strong motivation to play hard.

It will be the first AHL action for Eminger since the last lockout season, 2004-05, during which he spent the year with the Portland Pirates, posting 20 points in 62 games.  In 103 career AHL games, Eminger has totaled 3-21-24, with 80 penalty minutes.

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5 Responses to “Eminger Brings 457 Games of NHL Expertise to Whale Backline”

  1. chris Says:

    u know even though its only 6 games this could be big for us. thats a possible 12 points on the line. and a guy with close to 500 nhl games experience could help us win the majority. and u know with how close the race is every point counts. im not saying that will gaurentee the wins but ya it could help

  2. chris Says:

    u know what just out of the blue i realized. Ur nick name is hawk right? and unless my memory is falling me which it does sometimes your from Chicago home of the original 6 black hawks. which i have hered in the past you are a big fan of that team. is there any connection to your nick name and the Chicago black hawks?

  3. chris Says:

    another big game this afternoon bob. lest finish this 3 game all home weekend with a 3 for 3 or 6 for 6 if you wana look at it that way.

  4. chris Says:

    3 for 3 on the weekend and 5 for 5 in the last 5. bob thoes 10 points are big big big. we are now in a playoff spot 6th place to be more exact. but its still a tight race. we havent quailifyied yet and we need to win a few more games. lets start with our next one prehaps.

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