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Early signs on Steve Eminger came from Torts last month

Near the end of prospect camp, I asked Rangers coach John Tortorella if they would look to re-sign defenseman Steve Eminger...

“Yeah. You’re always looking for defense," Torts said. "Emmy falls into that category. We know what Emmy is. We put him on both sides. I thought he played with a lot of bite in his game. There were struggles at times. But he gave us some good minutes most of the time, basically playing out of position most of the year. So you don’t have to keep combing down the free-agent list and forcing yourself to get maybe that sixth or seventh D from another team when maybe Emmy is the guy.

“I’m not saying he is. It’s a great question. Look at Fedotenko. Same thing. You go down that list. We know what Feds did, and if it isn’t good on that list, maybe Feds is the guy. So that’s where you have to be careful, always looking to try to get someone else, where we already know who these guys are, and they know who we are.”

Feds was signed on July 1 and now, the Post is reporting that the Rangers are close to re-signing Eminger, who earned $1.5 million last season (with a cap hit of $1.125 mil) after being acquired from Anaheim for Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier. 

Eminger, who told reporters at the end of the season that he wanted to stay in New York, apparently will take a pay cut to do so and serve as the 6-7 d-man 

The 6-1 Eminger, who improved as the season progressed, will turn 28 on October 31. He was 2-4-6 with 22 PIMs in 65 games. 

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