by Patrick Hoffman on 05/04/10 at 09:32 PM ET
Great friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno of The Rangers Tribune found out today through Laurie at Beyond the Blueshirts that former New York Rangers backup goaltender Steve Valiquette is headed over to the KHL to play for CSKA Moscow. For whatever reason, the Beyond the Blueshirts link is not working right now so I will defer to Mr. Montemagno:
According to our good friend Laurie over at Beyond the Blueshirts, reports are coming out of Russia that Rangers goaltender Steve Valiquette, Henrik Lundqvist’s former back-up, has signed with CSKA Moscow of the KHL. The KHL has fully confirmed the signing, pretty much making this a done deal. I do not think the Rangers are sorry to see him go.
Due to inconsistent play, Valiquette only appeared in six games total this past season with New York, recording a .852 save percentage and 3.74 goals against average in that time. After numerous debacles with Valiquette in goal, he was soon sent down to the Hartford Wolf Pack, where he would spend the remainder of the season. His play was no better with the Pack than it was with the Rangers, and he had no chance to prove otherwise as he suffered a season-ending injury only a few weeks into his stink in the Americnan Hockey League.
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