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.