Falk an upgrade on Eminger; Syvret means the end of Gilroy, Hamrlik

Over the past two days, Glen Sather has made two minor trades to acquire much-needed depth defensemen in Justin Falk from Minnesota and Danny Syvret from Philadelphia. Defensive depth was clearly an issue, as the Rangers were exploited against the Bruins without Marc Staal, and hopeless once Anton Stralman went down. They needed to address this, and they have done…

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Stay or go: Steve Eminger

If there’s one problem that has plagued the Rangers longer than the broken power play, it’s a lack of depth on defense. You’ll never confuse Steve Eminger with a Norris Trophy candidate, but the 29-year-old has provided tremendous support for New York’s top blueliners over the last three seasons. Whether Eminger was asked to sit in the press box or…

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With Staal out and Eminger benched, the bottom pairing becomes a problem

Last night, Marc Staal was a last-minute scratch from Game Four, forcing Steve Eminger back into the lineup. In Games One and Two, Eminger got enough ice time to give the others a rest, playing 10 minutes in Game One and 14 minutes in Game Two. After sitting out Game Three (with Staal in the lineup), Eminger played just six minutes in Game…

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Rangers recall Steve Eminger

The Rangers have recalled defenseman Steve Eminger from the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. Eminger was initially sent to CT on a conditioning stint, but the injury to Michael Del Zotto prompted the recall in case MDZ can’t go on Saturday. In four games with the Whale, Eminger notched a goal and a -3 rating. He has played just four…

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Eminger loaned to AHL on conditioning stint

Per Andrew Gross, citing the AHL transaction website, the Rangers have loaned defenseman Steve Eminger to the Connecticut Whale on a two-week conditioning stint. Eminger has played just four games this year for the Rangers, which includes just one game in February. In each of those games, Eminger was used for less than ten minutes per game in each of those contests. The…

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The lockout-eve Musings

As we approach the lockout deadline – faster than most people would wish – lets jump straight into another episode of Musings and talk about non – CBA, Rangers orientated stuff. Personally I’m somewhat underwhelmed with the Steve Eminger re-signing. Yes, he fits in well with the club and has had partial success with the Rangers however the Eminger and…

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Rangers re-sign Eminger

First off, apologies for the blog being down yesterday. There was a major GoDaddy outage, and we were affected by it. Naturally, during two months of no Ranger news, the day we have an outage is the day the Rangers make a move. The organization decided that they want a third year of Steve Eminger, and re-signed him to a…

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Rangers final grades: Defense

Before we get to the report card for the Rangers blueline, let’s remember this: the Rangers enjoyed a spectacular season bested by only two teams in the entire league. A huge part of this success was because of the Rangers blueline. With that said, let’s look at the grades for the Rangers defensemen. (p.s. if you missed it, here’s the…

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Options to replace Prust tonight

Whether you agree with the suspension or not, Brandon Prust will not be playing in tonight’s Game 4 against the Devils. With the opportunity to build a two game lead, the Rangers will be without one of their warriors and top penalty killers. It’s a blow, but not a blow that can’t be overcome. Unlike with Carl Hagelin, the Rangers…

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Twitter Bag: Stu Bickel, the powerplay, and more

So we get a lot of questions on Twitter, and it is unfortunate that we cannot always respond to every question. In an attempt to address the most popular questions, we are going to start with these “Twitter Bag” posts, where we answer some of the more consistent questions we get on Twitter. We love addressing these, so keep them…

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