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09-16-2011, 10:52 AM
with the 10th pick..
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He is playing either on the Russian first or second power-play unit. "He has a very hard point shot, he can be a threat on the power play," observed Timmins.

Valentenko has a big shot -- one that earned him hardest AHL shot honors in the 2007-08 season. He combines that with a physical game that borders on, but never crosses into, dirty play. Valentenko's been described as one of the most-hated players in the AHL and combines an ability to get under opponent's skin with the willingness to back it up

He has a good shot, he plays physical, he’s not afraid to block shots, so I think he’s doing really good, if you ask me,” said Ruslan Fedotenko, who served as a translator today as Valentenko had a sore throat. “But I’m not the coach.”

Keeping Valentenko around tells you what the coach thinks, but John Tortorella also praised the blueliner.

The guy is just intriguing to me, and I’m getting to know him because I hadn’t seen him,” Tortorella said. “He stood in there, and we let a couple of tryouts (Garnet Exelby and Alexei Semenov) go before him, so we’ll see where it all goes.”

i like this guys chances to come outa camp as the 7th dman. he was close last year. he adds a dimension to this team that we lack. a punishing stay at home type with a mean streak who can bring it on the pp point.

erixon makes del zotto less important right now and gives mike time to learn the trade in hartford and be the first call up.

ask some hartford watchers about him too. i think many would agree he was steady and smart at the end of the season and in the playoffs. he looked ready to move up.

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