Monday, September 26, 2011

Pavel Valentenko and Chad Kolarik Clear Waivers

According to Andrew Gross:
Pavel Valentenko and Chad Kolarik both clear waivers and are assigned to Connecticut (AHL).

I can only assume that Wade Redden also cleared waivers and will report to Connecticut.

Valentenko was seen as a disappointment by many Rangers fans on Friday night in his one pre-season game against the Devils. If you recall, last season Valentenko made it very tough on the New York Rangers and was the final demotion to Hartford when the team opted to instead keep Ryan McDonagh in New York. Many (including myself) were hoping that Valentenko would either make the lineup this year or at least make everyone else compete harder in order to keep him off the team.

However, that was apparently not the case because the Rangers right now are searching for a replacement for Marc Staal and instead of competing for a spot on the opening night roster, Valentenko was amongst the first round of cuts on Saturday.

Ranger Rants yesterday revealed a little more behind Valentenko's performance Friday, he has been injured with a groin problem. Valentenko also attempted to squash the rumors that he was heading to the KHL since he didn't make the Rangers by saying "I’m going to fight for the Rangers. I never quit.”

That's all the fans ask for and with an attitude like that he might be back in New York before we know it.

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