Read: The Loss of Steve Eminger

Tortorella told Newsday, “He’s a gamer. He brought some physical play to our back end. He never stands out but he gets in the way and he does a lot of good things for us. We’ll miss him.”

Read more on the defense in the NY Times and in the NY Post.

Michael Del Zotto told Blueshirts United that he was heartbroken about the injury to Emmy.

It is really a big blow. Eminger was solid on the third pair and was really good with Michael Del Zotto on the second pair. More than anything he was a veteran who has more than a full season playing under John Tortorella and playing the Rangers defensive system. It will be a tough task for the Tim Erixon, Jeff Woywitka, Anton Stralman, Stu Bickel team to replace what Eminger was bringing.