Quote: Pavel Valentenko Is Working On His Shot

“I’ve had a hard shot all my life, but it has always gone the wrong way,” a smiling Valentenko said after practice Tuesday at the XL Center in Hartford. “Now I’ve been practicing my shot almost every day with (assistant coach) J.J. (Daigneault), and it goes in the net. I’ve worked on shooting quicker and hitting the net.”

Tank to Bruce Bertlet at CT Whale.com

He has 3 goals and 10 assists this season. He is also a +20, with 34 PIMS and 101 shots on goal.

Valentenko, 23, was one of the Rangers final cuts in training camp. He came back to North America this summer after returning to play in Russia to help out his family.

In training camp, John Tortorella called Valentenko part of the Rangers “core.” He also broke his nose in a game and kept playing.

Valentenko has been called “raw,” but has a “bomb” of a shot and loves to hit. He has also been called “solid.”

He is a RFA at the end of the season and the Rangers will need to qualify Valentenko at $550,000 this summer.

I loved him in training camp and the tools that he has. He should get a new contract and a chance to win one of the last two spots, or one if Bryan McCabe is signed next season, on defense.

Tweet: Ryan McDonagh And Pavel Valentenko Are Part Of The Core

…There are so many people angry with the fact that McDonagh is starting in Hartford. I don’t see it as a detriment to his game. Don’t you want to keep as many assets as you can so that they play well for the Rangers or that they can play well enough to be moved for something in return. Losing Sauer for nothing would have been bad, you never want to lose someone for nothing, and its not like McDonagh blew him out of the water. If he did, McDonagh would be here right now.

Did the Rangers do something that was safe and keep Sauer because of waivers, maybe. But what is wrong with protecting your assets. McDonagh is 22 and was jumping from college. Some AHL time couldn’t hurt.

News: Rangers Send Down Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko

The Rangers have sent down Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valenenko to Hartford of the AHL

…Well I guess Michael Sauer is your 6th defenseman. Good for him. He deserves it.

McDonagh doesn’t have to go through waivers to be sent down while Sauer does have to pass through waivers

Mats Zuccarello and Dale Weise were also sent down

No other cuts were made today

…So we get no answer on Todd White and Derek Stepan yet.

Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers could get to 23 players by placing Chris Drury and Vinny Prospal on IR.

The Rangers practice tomorrow at 9AM

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Note: Pavel Valentenko Broke His Nose, Kept Playing

…This dude is AWESOME. He is just AWESOME. Breaks his nose, no problem. Someone to hit, he does it. A shot to take, he does it. He should probably go to Hartford to refine his bad-ass game, but man, he is someone to be excited about for the future

Newsday: Pavel Valentenko Is Impressing

It’s previously been written about Valentenko’s BOMB of a shot and his raw and physical ability.

…With a little more seasoning, Valentenko could make this years team, but I feel like he is just a little too raw. I don’t think you bring a guy like Valentenko in if you are trying to make the playoffs this year like the Rangers are. He will hit, he will take his bomb of a shot, but he will take penalties and he just looks like he needs at least half a season in Hartford to get some kinks worked out.

He shouldn’t be the seventh defenseman and since I believe that Ryan McDonagh will capture the final defense spot, it comes down to Steve Eminger vs Michael Sauer for that spot.

Tweet: Pavel Valentenko Is Raw, Has Tools

….The talent is there is there with Tank. He doesn’t take any crap, hits, is physical and has an absolute cannon from the point. He took his shot last night and all I could dream of was that he replace Michal Rozsival on whatever powerplay he would be on with that insane shot. And boy, does he hit. He had five last night to co-lead the team with Brandon Prust in 20 minutes of ice time. He was a minus two, and he still has a lot to learn about playing defense at the NHL level, but when he  gets a little bit more improvement, he could be a good one.