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Caps Trade Eminger to the Flyers ...

... to move up again. This time to No. 27. More much later. Got to write a story, talk to Anton and call Steve.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 20, 2008; 10:36 PM ET
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Sorry to see SE go....but can not wait to hear his story and what happened this year...the silence will be broken

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I wish Eminger the best, but not against our Caps. He was always kind to my son. Guess I can't hate all Flyers.

Posted by: Caps 423 | June 20, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

In exchange for Eminger, the Caps pick up big blueliner, John Carlson from Indiana. If you're going to give up on a top six D-man, you had better bring a good prospect. Let's hope Carlson develops quickly in London (OHL)!

Posted by: Terptwin | June 20, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Nice pick -- a blueliner with a mean streak. Way to get two 1st rounders, gmgm! Nicely played.

Posted by: JIM | June 20, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

From TSN: If an NHL team is convinced the son of ex-NHLer Bengt Gustafsson is healthy, he could easily go much higher in the first round than No. 30. But the Swedish centre had significant lower back issues and his health status was a primary concern of NHL teams at the Central Scouting Combine. Those concerns could cause his stock to drop radically, but teams were doing a lot of homework on him to be sure. His X-rays and MRIs will tell as much about when he's drafted as his on-ice performance.

From NHL Central Scouting: Anton is a highly skilled player with strong puckhandling skills and playmaking ability. He's a tall, strong and talented two-way center with good vision and a fine understanding of the game. He plays a mature game.

Posted by: Rich C | June 20, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I guess I should've mentioned that Carlson played for Indiana of the USHL last season and not IU!

Posted by: Terptwin | June 20, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Since when is Eminger a top six defender? The Caps gave SE a lot of chances to play in the NHL, but he never matured. He's a bubble ahl/nhl guy which makes sense in Philly where the major and minor teams share the same arena. I don't think the Caps will regret losing him.

Posted by: JIM | June 20, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

From TSN: A big, strong, hard-shooting, hard-skating defenceman who will be playing with the London Knights next season.

From NHL Central Scouting: He runs the power-play from the top of the umbrella and he has a very heavy shot. He's a very self-assured kid and rightfully so -- he's a boy, yet in a man's body and very physically strong. He had all the tools - size, skill, physical presence and charisma.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I like Eminger, but he clearly was not happy about riding the pine so much last season and I imagine that'd make contract negotiations with him very difficult.

I don't like how much McPhee gave up in the Caps first trade of the day, but turning a 3rd round pick and a unhappy, borderline top six defensemen, restricted free agent into a first round pick is a strong move.

Posted by: noptov52 | June 20, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I think what the Caps will regret is if we don't sign Huet.

Sorry, just thought I would throw that "panic attack" out on draft day.


You may not think GMGM has a game plan, but he obviously does.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | June 20, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I trust GMGM. He knows exactly what he's doing.

I get the feeling that the news regarding FA signings is going to break very soon.

Posted by: Danny | June 20, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Shrewd trades by the undertaker to pickup 2 nice prospects and still have 2 #2 picks for tomorrow.

Posted by: Mt Airy Dan | June 20, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse


I disagree with your view on Eminger. I think he showed a lot of promise this season once he got the rust off his skates and think he was shaping up to be one of the better D-men had our playoff hopes gone further.

You can't fault a guy for never being given the chance to play - it's not that he wasn't up for it.

Posted by: keef | June 20, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

So, was GMGM right in believing Anton was going to be picked up in between 21 and 23? Because it seemed to shock the other teams too. If you can do the eminger trade, why not take the other kid and then get Injured Anton, the higher-risk pick, at the spot Emmy bought?

Posted by: oo7 | June 20, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Keef, maybe sitting Emmy so long and then putting him in is what got him traded for a 1st rounder in a deep draft... that would be savvy...

Posted by: oo7 | June 20, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Usually those on the inside know if another team is going to pick up another player. Don't know who picked at #22, but there must have be insight for them to make that trade. Especially when it is only moving up 2 spots.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | June 20, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse


That's definitely what attributed to Philly grabbing him and the word around town was he shouldn't have been here past the deadline anyway, so it was a good showing to get him on his way.

My point was that he was a better player than I feel people gave him credit for and we'll possibly be cursing his name during more than a few games this coming season.

Posted by: keef | June 20, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

@ Keef

Eminger didn't get a chance -- what? The kid has played in part of 5 seasons with the Caps and is a career -44. He never had a + year since juniors. I gotta figure that BB did not see a lot in SE, and I trust his judgment before anyone's on this blog. He had more chances than Schultz, Green, and Jurinca who are all better defenders. Sorry, but I don't buy what you are selling.

Posted by: JIM | June 20, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

so our D next season:
Mo - Green (...maybe)
Poti - Alzner?
Schultz - Jurcina
*Erskine, Pothier
Could Lepisto break in?

Posted by: honed | June 20, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Getting rid of Eminger also cleared up some wasted cap space. Now use that money (and the Ollie savings) to sign Huet, Green, Laich, Morrison, and Federov.

Posted by: JIM | June 20, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of the blueline, what's the word on Pothier's recovery? The last I heard, it wasn't good- and he wasn't discussing the matter.

Posted by: Terptwin | June 20, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Eminger is a bubble AHL/NHL(er); however, Philly must have saw something in him that they liked during their 7 game playoff series. You have to admit that Eminger had a great series against Philly. Now that he's gone will we find out what really happened? I don't think we need to hear the story because it's obvious he was not liked by someone within the coaching staff/management which led to his reduced playing time. Anyway, I'm not really worried about who the Caps draft this year. We have a steady roster right now, but we must resign Huet, Laich, Federov, Cooke, Green and Mo (sorry if I missed anyone). Our farm team seems to be fairly stocked at the moment and our management team has done a descent job over the past few years stockpiling draft picks. Is it October yet? I'm ready for more excitement. I hope in 08-09 we'll see more sellouts in the first half of the season after this past years playoff run. It's going to be tremendously sad if we don't.

Posted by: Mitch | June 20, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised they took a D-man,
what with Alzner, Lepisto,
Josh Godfrey, Joe Finley,
Patrick McNeil, Keith Seabrook
and Andrew Thomas (just to name a few)
all moving up through
the Caps development system.

but I'm so glad
to see Eminger get up and go!
maybe GMGM can take the million bucks
Emmy was set to make next year
and add it to Mike Green's price tag.

Posted by: galu | June 20, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

To the Flyers?! Jeez!

Posted by: Jordan | June 20, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

sorry,but I'm just not going to be able to woop woop on Emmy when he plays here. Danny Boy, hell yes. Emmy, no.

Posted by: on ice | June 20, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think it is stupid when anybody gets woop wooped upon. Makes no difference and no sense.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | June 20, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

My take on Eminger

He was riding the pine. He is still young, and had not made his move here. He did OK in the playoffs, and Im proud of the kid for showing up.

FOR THE CAPS - The Cap is up, and we need to upgrade on the Erskine role on the team. We just freed up one mil. Keep your eye on the FA market. We need a big stay home guy that earns 2-3 mil to have a great season.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 20, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

just what is woop woop?

I am glad that emminger is gone to a very good team, I hope he plays a lot and well.

Posted by: huh? | June 20, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Best friends Sutherby and Emmy both gone... interesting...

Posted by: oo7 | June 20, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Anton will be an excellent player for us like his father was, but I have to admit that my stomach dropped a little when I heard Eminger's name in the trade. I admit that I expected something to happen to him, but I didn't expect it to be to Philly, of all places.

I'm also really sad that we didn't take Tedenby/Deschamps.

Here's hoping for tomorrow.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | June 20, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Eminger is a whining, lazy punk. Don't let the door hit your sorry ass on the way out.

Posted by: Jim | June 21, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Moving up for GUSTAFSSON and giving up our 2nd was not a great move. This one makes up for it.

Posted by: Thomas | June 21, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Eminger got the raw end of a bad deal, and it continues on this blog.

His first full year with the Caps was 05-06. He lost 20 games to an ankle injury in that year, and the beginning of this past season. He also had a head injury on 07 at the end of the 06-07 season.

He played 20 games this season, largely under Coach B. Don't go around saying that Coach B didn't like him. If the coach didn't like him, he wouldn't have touched the ice at all.

Eminger is an OK 3rd line D-man (that's a #6). He won't be a Morrisson or a Poti, but he'll be OK.

To get another D-man is good. 43 points and a +11 sounds to me like a better deal - like a future Poti or Pothier replacement. And, we get a 3rd rounder, too.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 21, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

maybe carlson will be better than just ok

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Good for Emmy - hope he sees some ice time.

Posted by: Jill | June 21, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse


I'm sorry to see him go, but hopefully he'll get to play more in Philly. I don't understand why he didn't play more here.

But to the FLYERS? Ugh. I guess I'll have to take the darts out of my Flyers poster.

Posted by: YourMom | June 21, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

emminger was one of our best defenseman in the playoffs and im sorry to see him go. someone asked what the woop woop was and that goes back to Larry Murphy. When he left the caps our fans always gave him the business when he played in DC. Every time he touched the puck - woop woop - was heard. Same thing for Jagr.

Posted by: fansince74 | June 21, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is a genius!!! Alex Tanguay was traded for 25th pick (plus second round but who cares) and we trade Eminger for 27th!!! Great job!

Posted by: me | June 21, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

thank god Eminger is gone

Posted by: go SOX go | June 21, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

And the Steve Eminger days have ended. He will forever be known as the answer to this trivia question: Name the last capital to wear 8 before Ovechkin? (And I'm assuming that OV is the last player to ever wear it.)

Best of luck to Steve. He wasn't my favorite player, but he deserved better than he got here. So much for GMGM making a qualifying offer to him.

Oh, and yes, we still hate the flyers, but not on draft day. On draft day, everyone above you is your friend.

Posted by: old time hockey | June 21, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Now, if only we could dump an ACTUAL loser like Schultz.

Posted by: 121 | June 22, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I never thought they'd be able to get a first round pick in a good draft for Eminger. Well done GMGM, because the Caps would have been lucky to get a 3rd round pick last winter.

Posted by: billy_barule | June 23, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

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