Ducks trade Steve Eminger for Aaron Voros, prospect Ryan Hillier
The Ducks made a low-impact trade Friday, sending defenseman Steve Eminger to the New York Rangers for left wings Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier.
Eminger, a 26-year-old former first-round pick by the Washington Capitals, had four goals, 16 points and a +1 plus/minus rating in 63 games with the Ducks last season. He's not the most physical guy in the world, undoubtedly a reason the defense-challenged Ducks were willing to part with him.
Voros, 29, had three goals, seven points and 89 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Rangers last season. Hillier, 22, was a third-round pick in the 2006 entry draft. He was scoreless in four games with the Rangers' Hartford (Conn.) American Hockey League affiliate and had two goals in 22 games with Charlotte and Wheeling of the ECHL.
The Ducks are expected to add a couple of defensemen before next season. The free-agent market has been plundered by now and all they would likely get there is a depth player, so a trade is likely the way they'll have to go.
Nothing new on the Teemu Selanne front, by the way. He's still deciding whether to retire or to return to the NHL.
-- Helene Elliott