Valiquette tweaks Al Trautwig

During the first intermission of Monday night’s Rangers 7-4 win over the Sharks, MSG analyst Steve Valiquette used some interesting analysis to describe their first period. The former goalie tweaked MSG veteran studio host Al Trautwig.

Valiquette started by saying, “When hockey’s predictable, it’s easy.” He then followed up by adding with damning honesty, “It’s almost as predictable as your hair Al.”

As many observers noted, Trautwig didn’t take too kindly to Valiquette’s remarks. He looked visibly upset and even his hands were shaking. It made for an uncomfortable segment. While Trautwig was stone faced, Valiquette laughed. Eventually, Trautwig went to break. Here is how it looked and sounded:

Did Valiquette go too far in his assessment? Maybe. But also, it’s no secret that Trautwig has had the same look for two decades. That he couldn’t see some humor in it was kind of sad. It’s okay to laugh. It really was bizarre.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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