Eminger Out 8-10 Weeks

Saturday night in Phoenix Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger absorbed a hard hit behind the net from Coyotes' forward Martin Hanzel, one that knocked Eminger out of the rest of the game and sent him back home on the flight to New York Sunday with his right arm in a sling. On Monday head coach John Tortorella confirmed the worst of news when he reported that Eminger will be lost to the team for 8-10 weeks while his shoulder heals. "It hurts," explained Tortorella. "He's a gamer, and he brought physical play to our back end. He never stands out, but he stands in the way, and does a lot of good things for us. So we will miss him. Having said that, we have had injuries all year long, especially at that position, so we'll just have to go about our business and play." Eminger is the third of the team's top-six defenseman to be injured long-term this season, joining Marc Staal and Michael Sauer, who both suffered concussions. "I know how down he was after the game, and he's probably my best friend on the team, so I was heartbroken to see this happen," said defenseman Michael Del Zotto on Monday. "You never like seeing a teammate go down, especially a close friend like that. Every day he has waited for his opportunity, and he's stepped up with all the injuries, played so well for us. It's terrible timing, and I just feel so badly for him." Share your thoughts on this latest news below.