Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Acquire Eminger, Downie from Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Steve Eminger skates against the Colorado Avalanche on October 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Steve Eminger, right wing Steve Downie and a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Matt Carle and San Jose’s third-round pick in 2009 (previously acquired) today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

Eminger, a 212-pound native of Woodbridge, Ontario, has played in all 12 games with the Flyers this season recording two assists and an even rating. Eminger is a veteran of 224 NHL games with the Flyers and Washington Captials, recording six goals and 45 points. He made his first and only Stanley Cup Playoff Appearance in 2008 with the Capitals, recording one goal in five games.

The 25-year-old defenseman played his junior career with the Kitchener Rangers from 1999 until 2003. He played in 191 career games with the Rangers, recording 29 goals and 135 points. He also played in 30 playoff games, notching three goals and 13 points. He was originally drafted by Washington in the first-round, 12th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Steve Downie calls for the puck against the Edmonton Oilers on November 2, 2008. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, has played in six games with the Flyers this year, recording 11 penalty minutes. He has played in 38 career NHL games, all with Philadelphia, recording six goals and 12 points. He also has one career shorthanded goal and one game-winning goal.

The 21-year-old played in 190 career junior games with Windsor, Peterborough and Kitchener. He amassed 82 career goals and 234 points. He also appeared in 43 OHL playoff games, recording 18 goals and 53 points. Downie was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.



View More