Valliquette Out; Is It For Good?

Now that Steve Valliquette has been waived, it seems to me that this will be the last we’ll see of our dependable backup goalie. Why? Because they would not have sent him down. Look, I understand that Valliquette needs playing time to stay sharp–and he’s not going to get that in New York. But because he was so bad, and because the Rangers are seemingly okay with Chad Johnson as an emergency backup, I fear that Valliquette will no longer be donning the Ranger blue. The Rangers would not have made this move if they thought he was the answer as a backup. For one, Valliquette could be claimed by another team. Rangers apparently aren’t scared of that. Two, even if he plays well in Hartford, trust in Vally has been lost. This is the last we’ve seen of Valliquette. I’ve always been a fan of him. But, this is a business, and the best players win out.  I also think that the Rangers will make a move for an experienced backup–someone like Marty Biron, Patrick Lalime, Ty Conklin.

3 thoughts on “Valliquette Out; Is It For Good?

  • Dec 2, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Sather just decided he could not depend on Valliquette if Henrik was unable to play.

    I cannot blame Sather for that decision. I like Stephen and hope he does well. He will probably not clear waivers, I agree.

    So much talk about this on all the Rangers boards. I really don’t think it is that big an issue in terms of risk. When it is looked at it with the perspective that we might be saying goodbye to a good guy who did his best for NYR, that bears some discussion and some good wishes.

    Good luck Valli!

    • Dec 3, 2009 at 8:45 am

      There is way too much talk on this. The guy is a backup. It’s not like we waived Hank.

  • Dec 3, 2009 at 4:46 am

    i for one think, considering how long is left in the year, Johnson can play 6-9 games no problem but also wouldnt be surprised to see a Biron etc come in. Though it wont be Lalime who’s also struggled this yr.
    I do think this move has been made to act as a frightener to the rest. If you play poorly you go down. It just so happened Vally was the easiest to make the statement with.

    I like the Christensen addition btw. Low risk high reward. He can deke, skate, take face offs and has 1 18 goal season so there IS some offensive talent there. It should also act as a wake up call.

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