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Flyers get Eminger from Washington in exchange for 27th pick overall

Friday, June 20, 2008

I like Steve Eminger, but I question this trade a little bit.  Though he performed well for the Capitals throughout the season and in a few playoff appearances, Eminger is still not a top four defenseman.  And I believe the Flyers may have been able to acquire him for less.

This also means someone will be the odd man out.  If Hatcher and Smith both return to the lineup this fall (please God no!), then Lasse Kukkonen may be out.  On the other hand, should Hatcher retire or Smith sign elsewhere, having Eminger on the blue line may solve the Flyers lack of depth in D.  At least for the short term.

Oh well.  In Holmgren we trust, eh?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Chuck permalink
    Saturday, June 21, 2008 3:36 pm

    The Eminger signing means no return for Smith. I have heard that we tried to sign Smith, but I don’t know how hard exactly. I imagine it was a cursory effort, but not much more.

    Eminger is a RFA…what i need to find out is what the rules are if someone offers him…if someone offers him enough, would we let him go to preserve the valuable cap space to sign a top 4 DMan?

  2. Chuck permalink
    Saturday, June 21, 2008 3:37 pm

    Oh and Hatcher is a better than 50% chance of returning unfortunately…

  3. The Frozen Fan permalink
    Saturday, June 21, 2008 4:33 pm

    On Hatcher – consider this:

    If Hatch announced his retirement today, where would that leave Paul Holmgren? With a gaping hole on the blueline and in weak bargaining position with the other 29 GMs. He’d have to aggressively target UFAs and possibly make a weak trade.

    I’m not saying Hatcher won’t return. I’m just saying that there may be ulterior motives behind those rumors.

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