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Richards, Gaborik among Rangers holding Hurricane Sandy relief benefit


Much like the New York Islanders did Monday, members of the New York Rangers are hoping to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Ranger Rants’ Andrew Gross reports that Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Brian Boyle, Carl Hagelin and Steve Eminger will hold a fundraiser at The Staten Island Skating Pavilion on Friday afternoon.

Specifically, the players will lead two one-hour clinics that day, skating with people who make $75 donations to provide relief through the Cardinal Egan Fund.

Click here if you want to find out more about actually attending the event, but either way, it’s great to see local teams pitching in after the storm.

Rangers re-sign Eminger: one year, $750,000

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The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with UFA defenseman Steve Eminger on a one-year deal worth $750,000, according to the New York Post.

Eminger, 28, spent last year with the Rangers on a one-year, $800,000 deal — meaning yes, he took a pay cut — appearing in 42 games while recording 2G-3A-5PTS.

Eminger also appeared in four postseason contests with the Blueshirts, including a whopping two minutes in the sixth and deciding game of the Eastern Conference final, a 3-2 OT loss to New Jersey.

The move is a depth signing, something the New York defense needed after shipping Tim Erixon to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade and the uncertainty surrounding Michael Sauer’s return from a concussion. (The Rangers also lost Jeff Woywitka to free agency, as he signed in St. Louis.)

Eminger, the 12th overall pick in 2002, has spent time with the Capitals, Flyers, Lightning, Panthers and Ducks before landing with the Rangers.

His career year came in 2008-09, when he posted 4G-19A-23PTS in 71 games with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Florida.

Messier says Rangers need more depth

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Mark Messier — the former Rangers great, now serving as an assistant to GM Glen Sather — shared his thoughts on the Blueshirts on Monday and if his words were any indication, there will be one key buzzword around New York this offseason:


“Moving forward, as you can see, teams that win the Stanley Cup get stronger as series move on,” Messier told the New York Post. “So for us this year the big thing is to add depth so we don’t have to use as many players as much as we did.

“The more depth you have, the less chance of wearing players down and having injuries.”

The Rangers’ depth — or, more accurately, their lack of it — is a big finding from the organization’s post-playoff autopsy. A laundry list of injuries were released following the loss to New Jersey (most notably, Marian Gaborik’s torn rotator cuff) and, in retrospect, the postseason minutes logged by certain guys does seem a little nuts.

New York essentially rolled with five defensemen through 20 games: Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto and Anton Stralman, who played decidedly less than the aforementioned four. Stu Bickel, Steve Eminger flipped back and forth in the No. 6 role, but neither played much.

Up front, scoring depth was a major concern. The Rangers got almost zero production from their bottom-six and it’s scary to think where they would’ve been without the surprising scoring punch from Chris Kreider, who tied for second on the team with five playoff goals. (He scored more goals than Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Ruslan Fedotenko, Brandon Prust, John Mitchell, Mike Rupp and Brandon Dubinsky combined.)

It’ll be interesting to see how Sather and Messier fix the depth issue in free agency. The Rangers project to have $21 million in cap space, though that figure depends on the upcoming CBA.