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09-25-2011, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
Valentenko looked terrible the other night but one game doesn't necessarily mean that his career is over. If he does go back to Hartford and plays well he might get another chance if 1) injuries occur or 2) someone ***** the bed. All in all he had a good season in the AHL last year. Kundratek a couple years younger is in a similar situation. Going to have to impress to get a chance.

Look at Sauer--he spent 3 or 4 (injury plagued) years before he finally broke through. In the end it was worth sticking with him.
If he were a North American player, then yeah, I'd say he still has time. Unfortunately, if he doesn't earn himself a regular spot this season, it's all but guaranteed he'll go back to Russia. He's already gone back there once.

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