Eminger Re-Signs, Only Callahan Left

By johnmachurek

Steve Eminger re-signed with the Blueshirts on Monday, ensuring some veteran presence on the blue line.  Eminger, 27, played in 65 games last year for the Rangers tallying two goal and four assists, along with 22 penalty minutes.

Eminger was traded from the Ducks in exchange for forwards Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier last July.  In his career Eminger has tallied 17 goals, 74 assists, and 323 PIM.

The new contract one-year, $800,000 will be a pay cut for Eminger who just completed a two-year, $2.25 million deal.  Eminger’s knowledge of the Rangers system, physical play, and ability to play either side was the main factors of his re-signing.  Eminger who has played for the Capitals, Flyers, Lightning, Panthers, and Ducks is the only Blueshirt defenseman that has played over 400 games in his career.

The Rangers with Michael Del Zotto, 21, Ryan McDonagh, 22, Michael Sauer, 23, Marc Staal, 24, and Tim Erixon (provided he makes the team), 20 at defense leaves Eminger and Dan Girardi, 27, as the only strong veteran presence on the blue line.  With the Rangers hoping Del Zotto can recover from a shaky sophomore campaign and that rookie Erixon can provide some contributions in his first year, Eminger could be shuffled up and down the line-up.

Eminger said to New York Daily News, “I’m thankful to the New York Rangers organization for re-signing me. I’m proud to be a part of this team, as I know they always have been and will continue to be committed to winning. I’m excited for this upcoming season and in doing my part to achieve success.”

Ryan Callahan, the only player on Broadway that is left un-signed, has until Thursday to sign with the Rangers or go to arbitration.  The team is hoping to sign Callahan and avoid arbitration, just as they did with Brandon Dubinsky.  Whether Callahan signs a deal or is awarded a one-year deal via arbitration the Rangers will have 48 hours to buyout any contracts to fit under the salary cap.  Look for Callahan to receive around $3.75 million or a year or possibly a little bit more than that.

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