Rangers send Eminger to Whale for conditioning

The New York Rangers have assigned defenseman Steve Eminger to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning loan.

Eminger, 29, has skated in four contests this season, having made his season debut on Jan. 23 against Boston. He has not dressed in six of the Rangers’ last seven games. Eminger is four points shy of 100 career NHL points, having registered 19 goals and 77 assists in 457 career regular-season games with the Rangers, Anaheim, Florida, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Washington.

The Woodbridge, Ont., native was acquired by the Rangers from Anaheim in exchange for Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier on July 9, 2010. He was originally selected by the Washington Capitals as a first-round choice, 12th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Eminger played 103 AHL games with Portland from 2003-05, and participated in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2005.