Valiquette returning to Blueshirts
Backup goalie delivered key victories in 2007-08
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Stephen Valiquette.
Valiquette, 30, appeared in 13 games with the Rangers this past season, registering a 5-3-3 record, along with a 2.19 goals against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts. He established career-highs in games played (13), wins (five) and shutouts (two). He also posted a career-high, shutout streak of 124:58 from January 3 at Vancouver to February 10 at Washington.
He recorded back-to-back shutouts, the first two of his career, on January 31 at Philadelphia and February 9 at Philadelphia. He extended his shutout streak vs. the Flyers to March 2, when his streak ended at 11:49 of the third period (157:45). Valiquette notched his first victory of the season in a 3-2 shootout win on November 10 at Toronto. The netminder dressed as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup in each of the Rangers’ 10 post-season contests.
The 6-6, 210-pound goaltender has appeared in 25 career games with the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Rangers, registering a 9-6-3 record, along with a 2.40 goals against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts. With the Rangers, Valiquette is 7-6-3 in 18 appearances with a 2.64 goals against average, a .901 save percentage and two shutouts.
Valiquette made 38 saves in his Rangers debut on March 27, 2004, a 3-1 victory at Philadelphia. Additionally, he has faced one career penalty shot, turning aside Dmitry Afanasenkov’s attempt on February 17, 2007 vs. Philadelphia, and has a 3-2 record in five career shootout appearances. In 1999-00 with the Islanders, he posted a 1.87 goals against average and .949 save percentage to register a 2-0-0 record in six contests in his first NHL season.
The Etobicoke, Ontario native was originally Los Angeles’ eighth round choice, 190th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.