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Rangers Reacll Nycholat, Valiquette from Hartford (AHL)

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Lawrence Nycholat (right) and goaltender Stephen Valiquette have been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Nycholat, 24, ranks sixth among Wolf Pack players with 29 points (five goals, 24 assists) in 67 games this season. His 130 penalty minutes rank fourth on the club and his +17 rating is tied for second.

The 6-0, 192-pound blueliner has also appeared in five games with New York this season, collecting six penalty minutes.

Valiquette, 26, has appeared in five games with Hartford since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on March 2, 2004, posting a 1-3-1 record, along with a 1.92 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. In 40 total games this season between Hartford and Toronto (AHL), Valiquette has recorded a 15-17-6 mark, along with a 2.51 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.

The 6-5, 205-pound netminder has also appeared in six career NHL matches with the New York Islanders during the 1999-00 season, registering a 2-0-0 mark, along with a 1.87 goals against average.

He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings as their eighth choice, 190th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

The Etobicoke, Ontario native was traded to the Rangers from the Oilers on March 2, 2004, along with a 2004 second round draft choice and University of Michigan forward Dwight Helminen in exchange for Petr Nedved and Jussi Markkanen.
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