Stephen Valiquette, meet the goal posts. Goal posts, this is Steve. “So says Zip”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/.
You remember I said yesterday I didn’t see a break for Henrik Lundqvist coming tonight, but I also said I couldn’t see Tom Renney wanting to start Valiquette in crucial division games at Jersey and Philly. So I was half-right, which truth be told, is better than I did in high school.
Meanwhile, a retrospective on Valiquette’s career with the Rangers begins and ends with what he did against St. Louis last March. I’d expect more of the same, which is to say he may well look shaky to start, and then settle in. Whether that’s enough for the Rangers remains to be seen. The good news is the Maple Leafs have slowed down a bit in recent weeks, and are mediocre at the Air Canada Center.