Show of hands, who had Stephen Valiquette in their Rangers roster pool?
The team sent both Ivan Baranka and Jarko Immonen back to Hartford today in time for a 3 p.m. deadline to submit their 23-man roster to the NHL. But as far as I can tell, the most curious move was the decision to keep Valiquette as a third goalie, thus proving that Kevin Weekes and his sore groin are not ready for the start of the season.
As for the other two moves, it seemed like Baranka and Immomen were the most logical moves, although as I said earlier, Immomen figures to be the first guy called up if another forward goes down. Of course, this also means that Nigel Dawes makes the team, which I felt was the right move all along.
In other news, the Rangers got through their three-day mini-camp in Lake George, and most revealing was that the trio of Michael Nylander, Brendan Shanahan, and Jaromir Jagr continued to practice together as the first line while Martin Straka was at center on the second between Petr Prucha and Adam Hall.
Granted, this could be a passing phase, but it appears to be a vote of confidence for Hall, who has impressed Tom Renney enough to be a part of what could be another productive scoring line.
And yes, I at least had Hall in my roster pool.