Friday, July 9, 2010

Rangers Trade Voros To Ducks, Acquire Eminger

The Rangers completed a trade today with the Ducks. The Rangers sent left wingers Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier to Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Steve Eminger. 

Hillier was a Rangers 2006 3rd round draft pick who hasn't been mentioned recently as having a shot at making the big club. He spent last year playing in the AHL and ECHL.

Aaron Voros improved drastically in the fight department since coming to New York. However, he's not a very good player, at least not good enough to play on the third line. He's fourth line material and with Prust and Boogaard in New York it was expected that Voros would either be traded or sent to Hartford.

Steve Eminger in the final year of his contract, is still pretty young at 26 years old and played 63 games last season for the Ducks. He'll likely step in for the Rangers as a 6th or 7th defenseman as the Rangers have stock piled quite a few defenseman for next season. Ranger fans have their fingers crossed that this is going to further solidify the theory of Wade Redden being waived prior to the 2010 regular season.

If you are looking for some information about Steve Eminger, here's the OC Register's take:
Eminger, 26, signed a two-year, $2.25-million contract just before training camp last season and the thought was that the former first-round pick would be a regular on the blue line and possibly work his way into a top-four role under coach Randy Carlyle, who once coached him while as an assistant in Washington.

While he often logged significant minutes, Eminger was one of the main reasons why the Ducks’ defense struggled mightily as a unit. He was demoted for all but one game over a month-long stretch from Dec. 3 to Jan. 2.

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.
Basically, don't expect Eminger to be the savior. But, it doesn't look to be a horrible deal from a Rangers perspective in my opinion. In exchange for Voros, a player that likely wasn't in Tortorella's plans for next season, the Rangers will get a defenseman who can fill out the bottom pair. Not to mention, their salaries are pretty much a wash with Voros having a cap hit of $1M this season and Eminger counting for $1.125M against the cap.

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