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02-07-2012, 09:29 PM
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Being Russian has nothing to do with my interest in Valentenko. His style of play matching some of this team's needs has a lot to do with it, as does the fact that he's just generally being underrated, for the most part by people who haven't seen him play very many times.

Valentenko should have made the team in 2010 based on his play in the pre-season. He's never gotten a shot with this team. One game while injured this pre-season...not my idea of a fair shot. It's a waste of an asset if they just give up on him, but whatever. Not the first time that's going to happen.

I think it's hilarious that Bickel is playing and not him. Valentenko does most of the same things, but he does most of them better. He's slow, but not slow enough that he can't play in the NHL. Damn shame to waste a young player that could be a cheap cog in your lineup for years to come if you ask me.

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