News: Rangers Trade For Steve Eminger (Updates Below)

Update:6:09PM:

More on Eminger from the Orange County Register:

Eminger was scratched 18 times in all and finished with four goals and 12 assists in 63 games. The seven-year veteran had a plus-1 rating, but that didn’t indicate the times he was often pushed around in his end and forced into making mistakes under pressure.

….Yeah, well, Aaron Voros can’t take two strides without falling, taking a penalty or trying to hit someone away from the play. Then again, Voros is loved in the locker room, or at least by Sean Avery and Henrik Lundqvist.

Update:4:52PM

Here are some Eminger highlights.

Original Post:

The Rangers have announced that they have traded Aaron Voros and left wing prospect Ryan Hillier to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Steve Eminger.

Eminger, 26, totaled 16 points in 63 games last year, and for his career has 85 points in 346 games. He was drafted with the 12th overall pick in 2002 by Washington, and will make $1.125 million this year, the final year of his contract, according to Andrew Gross.

Voros, 29, played in 95 games for the Rangers over the last two years, totaling 23 points. He had previously cleared waivers late in June.

Hillier, 22, was taken by the Rangers in the third round of the 2006 draft. Last season, he recorded seven points in 22 games with Charlotte and Wheeling of the ECHL, as well as going scoreless in four games for the Wolf Pack.

…This is a strange move for the Rangers, who seem to have entirely too many defensemen now. Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi, Michal Rozsival, Ryan McDonagh, Matt Gilroy, Wade Redden, and now Eminger — eight defensemen for six spots. Eminger is still only 27, once upon a time a first-round pick, and had a couple really nice scoring years back in his OHL days, so he offers good upside, but has not yet realized that potential. Considering the Rangers didn’t give up much in Voros and Hillier, you’ve got to like the trade.

Do the Rangers think this, plus the Girardi re-signing, makes Marc Staal expendable? I certainly hope not. (Edit: Via Sather quotes, now we know that’s definitely not the case.) Maybe this is paving the way for a corresponding move that will ship Rozsival out of town? Redden is likely headed for the AHL, so if that’s how things go down, it would makes sense.

Press release after the jump…

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the Rangers have acquired defenseman Steve Eminger from the Anaheim Ducks, in exchange for forwards Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier.

Eminger, 26, skated in 63 games with Anaheim this season, registering four goals and 12 assists for 16 points, along with 30 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Ducks with 99 blocked shots, and third among Anaheim defensemen with 102 hits. Eminger finished the season, recording 14 of his 16 points in his final 36 games (four goals and 10 assists).

He established a career-high plus-five rating and recorded two points (one goal and one assist) in a 5-2 win at Colorado on March 31. The plus-five rating tied Anaheim’s team record for plus/minus rating in a single game. In addition, Eminger skated in his 300th NHL game on November 14 at Detroit.

Eminger, who helped the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) capture the 2003 Memorial Cup en route to being named to the tournament All-Star team, established career-highs in assists (21), points (26), games played (71), and tied his career-high in goals (five) in 2008-09 while splitting the season between Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Florida.

He led Tampa Bay defensemen in assists (19) and points (23), and ranked second in goals (four) prior to his trade to Florida, in exchange for Noah Welch, on March 9, 2009.  Eminger also established a career-high with two, three-point performances that season, both coming against the Florida Panthers on November 18 (one goal and two assists) and December 26 (one goal and two assists).

The 6-2, 210-pounder has skated in 346 career regular season games in seven NHL seasons with Washington, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida and Anaheim, registering 15 goals and 70 assists for 85 points, along with 301 penalty minutes.  Eminger notched his first NHL goal as a member of the Washington Capitals on October 10, 2005 vs. the Rangers.  He tallied his first career point with an assist on November 26, 2002 at Toronto, and made his NHL debut on October 11, 2002 vs. Nashville.  In addition, Eminger has registered one goal in five career NHL playoff games.

The Woodbridge, Ontario native was originally Washington’s first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Voros skated in 41 games this season, registering three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 89 penalty minutes.  He signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2008.

Hillier skated in 22 ECHL games with Charlotte and Wheeling this season, registering two goals and five assists for seven points.  He also skated in four games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Hillier was originally selected as the Rangers third round choice, 84th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.