In a move to keep a veteran in their defense, the Rangers have re-signed defenseman Steve Eminger, the team announced Monday.
Eminger, 27, came to New York on July 9, 2010 in a trade with Anaheim. Last season, Eminger scored two goals and four assists in 65 games, but had stretches toward the end of the season where he did not dress for games. Eminger did not dress for the season finale and did not play in the playoffs for the Blueshirts.
Eminger will play on the Rangers' third defensive line next year, but will have some competition from some youngsters. Third-year player Michael Del Zotto and touted prospect Tim Erixon both could be playing with the Rangers next season, which could mean Eminger could be in and out of the lineup as he was last season.
Eminger has played in 411 career games since joining the NHL in 2002-03 with Washington. He has scored 17 goals and 74 assists while accumulating 323 penalty minutes in his career. He has also played with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida and Anaheim in his career. Eminger is a native of Woodbridge, Ontario.
With the Rangers defense likely set, the Rangers will now turn their attention back to their offense as forward Ryan Callahan is scheduled to have his arbitration hearing Thursday.