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40 Steve Valiquette G
Height/Weight: 6-5/205 | Birthdate: 8/20/1977 | Birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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2/17/2010

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette back up with Rangers

News: The Rangers recalled G Steve Valiquette from Hartford of the AHL on Tuesday and assigned Matt Zaba to the AHL team.
Analysis: New York sent Valiquette to the minors in December, so he could work on his game. Unfortunately, he returns to the NHL with a 4-5-1 record, a 3.73 GAA and an .877 save percentage in 11 appearances with Hartford. He did have one stretch where he posted a 4-1-1 record, 2.29 GAA and a .919 save percentage in six games. Valiquette will continue to provide backup to Henrik Lundqvist and has minimal Fantasy appeal.

2/15/2010

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette clears re-entry waivers

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette has cleared re-entry waivers. This could be a sign that he is making a return to New York after being demoted in early December.
Analysis: The Rangers have been rotating backups Chad Johnson and Matt Zaba recently, but maybe Valiquette is ready to take his turn behind Henrik Lundqvist. Keep an eye on his situation over the Olympic break, as he might be worth adding in super-deep leagues.

12/13/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR Valiquette not ready for recall

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette not ready for recall

News: The Sports Xchange reports Rangers G Chad Johnson, who was recalled last week to replace demoted backup goalie Steve Valiquette, was sent back to Hartford (AHL) to play in a 5-2 loss Friday against Portland and then brought back to the Rangers to serve as Henrik Lundqvist's understudy Saturday night against Buffalo. "It's a mess," coach John Tortorella said of the backup-goalie situation. "We sent a veteran (Valiquette) down and he's still struggling down there and we don't even know what we have in Johnson as far as the backup."
Analysis: Valiquette is 1-2-0 with a 4.95 GAA and .849 save percentage in three appearances with Hartford. It's easy to see why New York isn't ready to bring him back. It's obvious the Rangers want a proven NHL goalie as a backup to Lundqvist, so Valiquette better find his game soon or worry about NHL exile. Keep Valiquette off Fantasy rosters until further notice.

12/3/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette clears waivers

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette has cleared waivers and is on his way to the AHL.
Analysis: Valiquette has struggled mightily in his backup role to Henrik Lundqvist this season, and obviously has little Fantasy appeal until further notice.

12/2/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR Valiquette waived by Rangers

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette waived by Rangers

News: The New York Post reports the Rangers have placed backup goalie Steve Valiquette on waivers and have claimed Erik Christensen off waivers from Anaheim. The Rangers called up Chad Johnson from Hartford of the AHL to take the backup role behind Henrik Lundqvist.
Analysis: Valiquette has struggled mightily in his backup role to Lundqvist this season. It's a strange set of developments since Valiquette has done so well in that role the last few years. Valiquette might be claimed by another team, but he has little Fantasy appeal until further notice. The Rangers TG is still a high-end option thanks to Lundqvist.

11/28/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR Valiqutte rocked, allows Crosby HT

Steve Valiquette

Valiqutte rocked, allows Crosby HT

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette had a dreadful performance on Saturday, falling to Penguins 8-3. Valiquette allowed all eight goals the team coughed up, with Sidney Crosby scoring three of those goals and adding two assists. Valiquette made 24 saves in the game as his record dropped to 2-3-0 on the season.
Analysis: This was Valiquette's sixth appearance of the season and fifth start, coming on in relief of Henrik Lundqvist on Friday. He had been decent in his backup role before the debacle on Saturday. He remains just a handcuff for Lundqvist and flier in leagues that use weekly averages. The Rangers TG on the other hand is a high-end Fantasy option.

11/27/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette makes relief appearance

News: Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist gave up four goals on 22 shots before giving way to backup Steve Valiquette with seven minutes left in the second period during a 5-1 loss to the Lightning on Friday. Lundqvist gave up a pair of power-play scores before Valiquette took over. Valiquette made eight saves in relief.
Analysis: Valiquette was pulled in one start this season, but Friday was the first time he entered in relief. Lundqvist has played well for the most part in 2009-10, and even when he is struggling, he still has the ability to turn it around in any given game. As long as Lundqvist is healthy, Valiquette will be a seldom-used backup. Valiquette has minimal Fantasy appeal.

11/8/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette loses to Flames on Saturday

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette made 19 saves Saturday as New York fell 3-1 to the Flames.
Analysis: Valiquette is now 2-2 on the season as he continues to fill in for Henrik Lundqvist now and again. He is just a handcuff for Lundqvist and should not be active in any Fantasy format unless this injury is a long-term one for Lundqvist. The Rangers TG on the other hand is a high-end Fantasy unit.

11/6/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette picks up second win

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette won his second game on Thursday, beating the Oilers 4-2. Valiquette allowed only two goals in the contest and made 26 saves. His record improved to 2-1-0 on the season with the performance. He got the start because Hendrik Lundqvist was out with a stiff right thigh.
Analysis: Valiquette had not made an appearance in a game since Oct. 19, which is a pretty long time for most goalies to go between starts. He performed well however, facing 28 shots this season, a season high. He is just a handcuff for Henri and should not be active in any Fantasy format unless this injury is a long-term one for Lundqvist. The Rangers TG on the other hand is a high-end Fantasy unit with a healthy Lundqvist.

10/20/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR Valiquette blows two-goal cushion

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette blows two-goal cushion

News: Devin Setoguchi scored two of San Jose's six consecutive goals and the Sharks took advantage of backup goalie Steve Valiquette in a 7-3 victory Monday night that snapped the Rangers' seven-game winning streak. Valiquette didn't make it out for the third period, replaced by No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist after allowing five goals on 18 shots -- three on 10 shots in the second. Lundqvist gave up Ryan Vesce's third NHL goal -- second in two games this season -- at 3:46 of the third, and one to Patrick Marleau with 1:55 remaining that completed the scoring. Lundqvist finished with 10 saves. "I don't really have an answer for you as far as why that went the way it did," Valiquette said. "I'm definitely angry and upset that I was a part of our team not winning the hockey game and keeping our streak going."
Analysis: It seemed Valiquette was going to cruise to a second win in as many starts when New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead Monday, but San Jose didn't quit and made Valiquette look foolish. This one bad outing won't be enough for the Rangers to lose faith in Valiquette, but he is still not threatening Lundqvist for the starting job. Valiquette is more of a handcuff option for Lundqvist owners and Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Rangers TG is a high-end option because of Lundqvist.

10/12/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR Valiquette posts shutout in 1st start

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette posts shutout in 1st start

News: Ales Kotalik's power-play goal snapped a third-period tie, and backup Steve Valiquette made 18 saves in the Rangers' fourth straight victory, 3-0 over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Valiquette stopped 11 shots in the second period after a quiet start and earned his fourth NHL shutout and 15th career victory. "We are happy with four wins in a row," Valiquette said, "but we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves because we know a pat on the back is only a few feet from a kick in the butt."
Analysis: With the Rangers slated to play three times in four nights, coach John Tortorella gave Valiquette his first start of the season in place of No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Valiquette was barely tested in the first period when New York held a 13-1 shots advantage, but he bailed out teammate Marc Staal in the second. Valiquette stopped Todd Marchant's hard drive from in close after the defenseman turned over the puck in the Rangers zone. It was Valiquette's first shutout since Oct. 17, 2008, against Toronto. Maybe because there are a few more back-to-back games in 2009-10 due to the Olympics, Valiquette will get a few extra starts. However, as long as Lundqvist is healthy, Valiquette won't see the net as much as other backup netminders. Valiquette is more of a handcuff option for Lundqvist owners and Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game.

3/26/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette falls in the shootout

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette was taken into a penalty shootout on Thursday against the Thrashers but was unable to get the win. He allowed four goals in the game and made 26 saves, ultimately taking the 5-4 shootout loss. It was his first start since Feb. 6 as his record fell to 5-5-2 on the year.
Analysis: Valiquette's last win came back on January 27, showing how little of an impact he has had in Fantasy down the stretch this season. He is not worth using in Fantasy. The Rangers TG on the other hand is a high-end option with Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes.

3/9/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette makes 33 saves in loss

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette, starting in place of Henrik Lundqvist, made 33 saves in his first appearance since Feb. 15 during a 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes Monday. Lundqvist backstopped the Rangers' 4-3 victory Sunday over NHL-leading Boston. The Rangers were denied their first four-game winning streak since October, and were shut out for the first time since a 2-0 defeat at Ottawa on Jan. 10. Joe Corvo had the eventual game winner 9:01 into the second period and Tuomo Ruutu capped the win with an empty netter.
Analysis: Valiquette was much better as a backup in 2007-08 to Lundqvist, but he did make his career-high 14th appearance Monday. New coach John Tortorella is likely going to lean heavily on Lundqvist down the stretch, so Valiquette remains at best a flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Rangers TG has high-end Fantasy appeal.

2/15/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette relieves poor Lundqvist

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette replaced an ineffective Henrik Lundqvist in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Flyers. Valiquette entered midway through the second and allowed one goal on six shots.
Analysis: Valiquette allowed 10 goals in his last outing, so this effort should give him a bit of confidence back. As a seldom-used goalie, Valiquette remains at best a flier in leagues that use average points per game.

2/7/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR Valiquette peppered for 10 goals

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette peppered for 10 goals

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette started in place of Henrik Lundqvist, bothered by the flu, Friday against the Stars, although he probably wishes he didn't. Valiquette was peppered for six goals in the third period as Dallas routed New York 10-2. He actually had a 1-0 lead before Dallas scored three unanswered goals to end the first period. The Rangers closed the game at 3-2 before Dallas put the pedal to the metal. Valiquette made 29 saves while allowing all 10 goals.
Analysis: If Lundqvist was healthy, he probably would have bailed out Valiquette. But he wasn't so the five-year veteran took his lumps. He made just his 12th appearance Friday, but had done extremely well this season up until the Dallas massacre. Valiquette won't have too many nights like Friday, but since he is a seldom-used goalie, Valiquette remains at best a flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Rangers TG remains a high-end Fantasy option.

1/27/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette triumphs over Hurricanes

News: Steve Valiquette made 33 saves as the New York Rangers returned from the All-Star break with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. He never trailed in the game and allowed just two even-strength goals. Valiquette won for the first time in three appearances.
Analysis: Valiquette, the backup to All-Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, earned his fifth win of the season. He started for the third time in 10 games and helped the Rangers improved their current run to 5-1-1. Lundqvist, the Rangers' lone All-Star, is expected to play Wednesday night at Pittsburgh. Valiquette gets very few starts as long as Lundqvist is healthy and can't help Fantasy owners much. Valiquette remains at best a flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Rangers TG remains a high-end Fantasy option.

1/9/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette lauded in losing effort

News: The Buffalo Sabres may have loved Ryan Miller's terrific play in goal, but Miller was more impressed with his New York counterpart. Miller and Rangers backup Steve Valiquette waged a goaltending battle Friday night, with Miller's Sabres outlasting Valiquette's Rangers 2-1 in a shootout. Miller made 43 saves in regulation and overtime and turned aside three attempts in the shootout, and Ales Kotalik scored the lone goal in the tiebreaker to send New York to only its second loss in 10 shootouts this season. Valiquette finished with 32 saves in just his eighth start for the Rangers, who began a five-game trip. He was particularly sharp in the third period when the Sabres peppered him with 16 shots. "It was fun. I can't imagine Steve's feeling as high about it, but he should be happy with his game," Miller said. "He played really well. These nights don't come around too often where you go head-to-head with the other guy."
Analysis: Kotalik's wrister blew past Valiquette in the first round of the shootout. Miller ended the game by stopping Drury's attempt in the third round. Valiquette was giving starter Henrik Lundqvist a break after Lundqvist allowed five goals on 24 shots Wednesday night in a loss to Montreal. "If I go a week or three between games, I know I'm going to be ready to play," Valiquette said. "We can't control the outcome of the game, but our performance is very much within it." Valiquette continues to be a solid backup goalie, but he still makes very few appearances as well. Valiquette remains at best a flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Rangers TG remains a high-end Fantasy option.

1/3/2009

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette solid but takes loss

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette allowed two goals in a 2-1 loss to the Capitals on Saturday, making 29 saves in the contest. The loss drops his record to 4-3-0 on the season as Valiquette gave usual goalie Henrik Lundqvist the night off.
Analysis: Valiquette is a good handcuff for Lundqvist but can't be counted on to get a start in every week. He should only be used as a handcuff at this point. However, the Rangers TG remains a high-end option.

12/18/2008

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette nets OT win vs. Kings

News: Rangers goalie Steve Valiquette ended up making 39 saves during Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Kings. Valiquette lost a 2-1 lead 2:27 into the third period as Dustin Brown tied the game with his 12th goal. He allowed just one power-play score as he won for the second straight start.
Analysis: Valiquette continues to be a solid backup option to Henrik Lundqvist, but he has made just eight appearances this season and continues to be a seldom-used option. Until that changes, Valiquette remains just a Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Rangers TG is a high-end Fantasy option.

12/10/2008

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR Valiquette starts, gets OT win

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette starts, gets OT win

News: G Steve Valiquette had 27 saves and allowed two goals in a 3-2 overtime win over the Thrashers on Wednesday. It was his fifth decision of the season and it improves his record to 3-2-0. His last appearance was in relief on Nov. 30 at Florida.
Analysis: Valiquette has made very few appearances in 2008-09 since Lundqvist has been solid for the most part. Valiquette has made just seven outings this season and won't see significant PT until something long-term happens to Lundqvist. Valiquette remains just a Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game.

11/30/2008

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette makes six saves in relief

News: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recorded the win at Florida at the start of the home-and-home series Friday, but was gone with 3:47 left in the second period Sunday after allowing three goals on 23 shots during a 4-0 loss. Lundqvist then left in favor of Steve Valiquette, who wasn't treated much better at 1:00 of the third period when Michael Frolik made it 4-0 with his second NHL goal in 20 career games. Valiquette had six saves in relief.
Analysis: Valiquette has had to make very few relief appearances in 2008-09 since Lundqvist has been solid for the most part. Valiquette has made just six outings this season and won't see significant PT until something long-term happens to Lundqvist. Valiquette remains just a Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game.

11/22/2008

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette beaten by Senators

News: Rangers G Steve Valiquette allowed four goals in a 4-1 loss to the Senators on Saturday afternoon. Valiquette stopped 32 shots as he was peppered by Ottawa with 36 shots on goal.
Analysis: Valiquette started for Henrik Lundqvist a game after being inserted for the Rangers No. 1 option and stopping all 15 shots he faced. He wasn't nearly as good against the Senators Saturday and that probably means Lundqvist will be back between the pipes with Valiquette only getting a start every now and again. Valiquette remains just a Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game and the Rangers TG is a high-end option.

11/20/2008

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette posts shutout in relief

News: Roberto Luongo came out on top in his busiest night of the season, yet the goalie duel everyone expected against Henrik Lundqvist never materialized. Alexandre Burrows scored two of Vancouver's five goals against Lundqvist, and the Canucks feasted on turnovers Wednesday night in a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers. The matchup of Vezina Trophy favorites Lundqvist and Luongo fizzled as the New York netminder was gone 5:33 into the second period. He allowed five goals on 17 shots. Vancouver's first four goals resulted from Rangers turnovers, and the last was scored while the Canucks were on a two-man advantage. The Canucks made it 5-1 when Pavol Demitra ripped in his fourth of the season 5:33 into the second frame. Lundqvist skated right to the bench after coach Tom Renney summoned him with his finger. He was replaced by Steve Valiquette, who stopped all 15 shots he faced. Vancouver capped the scoring with an empty-net goal.
Analysis: Lundqvist, who started for the 14th time in 15 games, had gone 12 without allowing more than two goals. "It was a good call," Lundqvist said. "It was a game where I had to be really sharp. There were a lot of situations where we got left alone out there. I have to be sharp. I wasn't." Lundqvist was hurt by the early turnovers and never really recovered. He lost for just the fifth time all season and second time in six starts. He hasn't had many off night this season, so please forgive him for Wednesday. Lundqvist remains a No. 1 Fantasy goalie and the Rangers TG is also a must-start Fantasy option. Valiquette will see a start every now-and-then, but remains just a Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game.

11/1/2008

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette back down to earth Sat.

News: The New York Rangers lost 5-2 to Toronto on Saturday and goalie Steve Valiquette allowed five goals in the loss. Valiquette stopped 30 shots in defeat for the Rangers. He could not duplicate the shutout he posted on the Maple Leafs on Oct. 17.
Analysis: Valiquette came into the game with a record of 2-0, having allowed three goals in two starts this year. This severely hurts his average, especially coming off a shutout of Toronto in his last start. Valiquette will see a start every now-and-then, but remains just a Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Rangers TG remains a high-end Fantasy option.

10/18/2008

Steve Valiquette, G, NYR Valiquette has shutout in rare start

Steve Valiquette

Valiquette has shutout in rare start

News: Steve Valiquette gave Henrik Lundqvist a night off and made Madison Square Garden his own personal playground. Getting a rare start in front of the home crowd, Valiquette was nearly perfect. In the end, his performance was good enough to give the New York Rangers a 1-0 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. "I really want to feel as comfortable as possible in this rink," said Valiquette, an Ontario native. "I know that my job and my role on the team is to be ready at all times. I have to add value to the team, no matter if I'm starting or I'm supporting." Valiquette, already 2-0 seven games into the season, outdueled Vesa Toskala, winning on Fredrik Sjostrom's deciding goal in the shootout.
Analysis: Valiquette was the less busy of the netminders and allowed the tying goal in the second round of the tiebreaker to Nikolai Kulemin. Valiquette completed his third NHL shutout when Jason Blake hit the post on the final shot. "I don't feed off the other goalie. I feed off the energy my team is creating," said Valiquette, who made 21 saves and two more in the shootout. "In the third period, I felt like I could have played another game. We has so much energy." Three of Valiquette's 11 career NHL victories have come against the Maple Leafs, including a shootout win last season. He skated off as the first star of the game to chants of "Vall-ey! Vall-ey!" from the appreciative crowd. Valiquette is expected to give way to Lundqvist on Saturday night in Detroit. Valiquette will see a start every now-and-then, but remains just a Fantasy flier in leagues that use average points per game. The Rangers TG remains a high-end Fantasy option.