The Washington Capitals have signed rookie defenseman Steve Eminger, the Caps first pick (12th overall) in the 2002 entry draft. It is expected that Eminger will play mostly with Calle Johansson during the season. However, the Caps recent acquisition of defenseman Rick Berry, Eminger will be watched closely and if management feels that he will be better off returning to Kitchener (his OHL junior team) than they will return him. Similar to what the Capitals did with rookie pivot Brian Sutherby last season, to better his game and development.
Eminger, 18, has reportedly inked a three-year deal at a base salary of $1.185 million (U.S.) per season, the rookie maximum. He could earn up to $6.3 million in additional bonuses.
In other news…Jason Doig and Nolan Yonkman have been sent down to AHL Portland, finalizing the defensive logjam, which has been in place during the preseason. Prospects which remain in Washington currently are J.F. Fortin, newly signed rookie Steve Eminger, and newly acquired Rick Berry. They will be paired with Calle Johansson, Brendan Witt, Sergei Gonchar, Ken Klee, and Sylvain Cote (who remains on waivers at this time).