The Rangers solidified their defensive corps for the upcoming season by agreeing to terms on a new contract with free agent blueliner Steve Eminger Monday morning. The new deal means that Eminger will return for his third season on Broadway.
"It's great news because obviously I wanted to come back here," Eminger told BlueshirtsUnited.com exclusively on Monday afternoon. "This is where I wanted to be. It's a great team and a great organization, so I had no thoughts of going anywhere else. I remained patient, and it was just a matter of time before we got this done."
Eminger was playing some of the best hockey of his nine-year career last season when he first suffered a separated shoulder in a game against Phoenix on December 17th and then badly sprained his ankle on March 15th against Pittsburgh. Limited to just 42 games played, Eminger finished the 2011-12 campaign with two goals, five points, 28 penalty minutes, 63 hits, and 53 blocked shots.
The 28 year-old Eminger has appeared in 453 National Hockey League games with the Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals. He has scored 17 goals, recorded 96 points and totaled 351 penalty minutes.
In 107 games played with the Rangers in 2010-11 and 2011-12 Eminger has become well-respected for his gritty physical play and willingness to block shots on a regular basis.
"I am excited to be back and am looking forward to get going."
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