In an interview with ESPN.com, Wade Redden discusses his disappointing tenure with the Rangers...
"I definitely have a sour taste in my mouth from how things went in New York."
Redden adds that he has been treated very well in Hartford and his time there has been positive.
...maybe if you didn't suck so bad, your time with the Rangers wouldn't have been so sour. Best outlet pass in the NHL, right Glen?
...having said that, I give Redden a ton of credit for sucking it up, going to Hartford and making the best out of a terrible situation. Time and again you hear about the positive influece he's had on players such as McDonagh, Del Zotto and Bickel.
Redden also touched on the unique situation he's in, being a locked out AHL player...
"It is a pretty rare case, I guess. My mindset now is that hopefully it’s written into the new CBA where stuff like that won’t happen or make it harder to happen so you get a guy like out of that situation."
I don't think Redden's "sour taste" comment is all that big a deal. If anything I see them as a bit of personal promotion by a guy hoping to be an amnesty buyout, and then catch on with a new team when this is all said and done.
The problem with Redden is less his play and more his contract. If Redden had half the cap hit, he probably wouldn't be with the Whale right now. I still think we could have used him last season when our blue line was cut down by injury, and I think we could have brought him up on "Emergency Recall" status, which would have kept him from going through re-entry waivers. The fact that there is still the fear this guy could be claimed at $3.25 per says a lot about his ability to contribute.
Good luck too him. Like Kevin said, he went down, he did what was asked of him, and more, and he's helped the club. He's not hurting the cap anymore, just Jim Dolan, and honestly it's nice to be able to see someone stick Dolan for obnoxious cash for a change.
@BuckarooClub I was gonna post something right on these lines, but you said it all. There was never anything seriously wrong with Redden. There was just a lot wrong with Redden at that price. If he had not been signed to such an insane contract, I am confidant he would've still be wearing a Blueshirt through last season.
@BuckarooClub Actually, the "fear" about him being claimed off re-entry waivers probably has a lot more to do with the Rangers then being hit with a $3.25M cap hit vs. nothing if he's in the Whale. As far as "doing what was asked of him"...I believe the contract was given to him was for the expectation that he would be at least as good as his prior years and QB the Rangers offense. 5G, 36A, +3, 9PPP in 2 years is not even as good as the 1 year he had prior to joining the Rangers, never mind the years prior to that! The contract offered to him was a joke, but he accepted, didn't perform, and was sent down. I don't care how nice a guy he is or how much he helps the kids in Hartford, he made his own bed and now he's griping about having to sleep in it. He has options, he just chooses not to exercise them.
@gravey94 No doubt Rangers are more worried about being stuck with the $3.25 empty cap hit, but for that to even happen, it would mean that there is another NHL team who values Redden as a $3.25 million dollar defenseman, so it's not the guy is a total waste.
He got the offer, he signed the deal, and he didn't live up to it. As far as living up to past seasons, he was a guy in the twilight of his career on some pretty weak Rangers teams. I don't think he's so much "griping" about his situation, just saying that it sort of sucks (the whole being locked out as an AHL player thing) and I can't say I really disagree with him there. I also can 100% see why the Rangers would lock him out, so i certainly don't fault the team, and I don't think Redden does either.
@BuckarooClub Probably would help to read the actual article before responding ;-) His quotes above make him sound like a real douche, but he comes across as someone making the best of a bad situation in the full article. It's a shame it happened, but I still don't feel bad for him.
@TheNYRBlog I think the whole situation is BS. If he wasn't $6.5M per ssn, it would be diff! If it were $3M per, I'd say its a diff story!
@TheNYRBlog being a locked out AHL player is the closest Redden will come to feeling like an NHL player lol
@TheNYRBlog when you make that kinda money and put out those kinda numbers, every party should feel sour
With the players coming up from the whale as of late you would have to think the whales captain has had some kind of influence, especially being a deffensmen himself. Regardless if he didn't excel at the NHL level, he may have been a good teacher and showmen of leadership. And for that you have to appreciate for any positive influence he has had on guys like McD. Redden would be a top 4 defensmen on a a less then Ranger like team in the NHL, the guy just couldn't handle broadway lights.
Hmmm, I guess there must be a clause in his contract that prevents him from backing out of it, or maybe Sather is preventing him from voiding it, or maybe he's just a greedy, prima donna, who thinks he's better than he actually is. I don't care how good he has been in Hartford, he's getting paid a guaranteed $6M per year with absolutely no worries about being traded or sent to a lower level. Hey Wade, STFU and eff you and your opinion!!!
@gravey94 When I first saw his comments, I was definitely pissed, but you know what? I'm over this guy. The Rangers have a great team and I'm more focused on them than what a washed up defenseman is saying.
@TheNYRBlog not too sour to cease cashing in those NY paychecks, void contract and prove to himself and the league he still can play. #chump
@TheNYRBlog part of me feels bad but then I realize he got paid millions of dollars to play hockey and I stopped
He's sour??? How do you think we felt about giving HIM a six year, $39m deal? One of the worst free agent deals in Rangers history without a doubt. Sather bid against himself because no one was offering that guy, that kind of contract. He wasn't worth half that amount after watching his game decline rapidly in Ottawa. Ottawa fans were glad to be rid of him and we made him one of the top three paid players on team. Ridiculous.