After only half a season in the KHL, Steve Eminger is on his way back to North America.
The 30-year-old Woodbridge, Ont. native has signed an AHL contract with the Norfolk Admirals, the Anaheim Ducks affiliate. In the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, Eminger played a depth role for the Rangers, suiting up in 35 contests and another 11 in the playoffs.
In four games with the Connecticut Whale last season, Eminger tallied one assist. The defensive defenceman has suited up for 114 career AHL contests, contributing with 26 points (4-22). His last full season in the A was 2004-05, when Eminger appeared in 62 games for the Portland Pirates, helping out to the tune of four goals and 20 assists.
Drafted in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (12th overall to the Washington Capitals), Eminger has bounced around since leaving Washington. He spent parts of 2008-09 season with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, and Florida, settled in with the Ducks for ’09-’10 before being dealt to the Rangers, where he played three seasons.