Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rangers Waiver Moves: Claim Christensen & Waive Valiquette

Bob McKenzie reports that the Rangers have claimed Erik Christensen off of waivers (he was placed on waivers yesterday by the Ducks). He also reported that New York waived Steve Valiquette.

According to Ranger Rants:
Steve Valiquette has been put on waivers with the hope he can be sent to Hartford (AHL) without anybody claiming him. Chad Johnson, a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker and the CCHA player of the year at Alaska-Fairbanks, has been recalled, though there are no plans for him to make his NHL debut. More than likely, the Rangers will try to bring in another veteran
At this point it's safe to assume that Valiquette has played his last game as a New York Ranger. At $725k Valiquette is already a cheap option as an NHL backup. If the Rangers attempted to re-call him then certainly someone would claim him as the Rangers would be responsible for half of his salary.

Ranger Rants went on to say "Christensen is a decent perimeter player who did not score in nine games for the Ducks this season." Sounds exactly what the Rangers need (sarcasm!).

How many years is it going to take management to realize that this team doesn't need to keep acquiring players who play the perimeter? I'm sick of this crap, put a team on the ice that can crash the net and put the puck in it. Expecting Gaborik to score all your God damn goals just isn't going to work!

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