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• Sweden's Jamtin to Enter NHL in New YorkNew York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Stephen Valiquette.
|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.