Wednesday afternoon the Rangers announced that veteran defenseman Steve Eminger has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League for conditioning purposes. The maximum stay for an NHL player on a conditioning stint is 14 days. The Whale will play six games in that span, affording Eminger an opportunity to get a lot of action in should he be in Connecticut the full two weeks.
Eminger has been a healthy scratch in six of the last seven Rangers games. In the one game he played during that stretch, Eminger logged just 5:53 worth of ice time in the Blueshirts 4-1 victory over the Islanders last Thursday.
So far Eminger has appeared in four of the team's 12 games in 2013. He has yet to record a point, and he has a +1 plus/minus rating. Eminger played a season-high seven minutes twenty seconds on January 24th down in Philadelphia.
The 29 year-old Eminger, a ten-year NHL veteran, is in his third season with the Rangers. He appeared in 65 games with the Blueshirts in 2010-11 before being limited to 42 games a year ago due to a pair of injuries. He has totaled four goals, 11 points, and 50 penalty minutes in 111 games with the Rangers.
The Blueshirts are now carrying seven defenseman on their NHL roster. Matt Gilroy has played in six straight games as the team's sixth defenseman, while Stu Bickel, who has been a healthy scratch in three straight, has seen action in eight games this season.
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