Update, 2:30 p.m.:
Larry Brooks at the NY Post says the likely scenario is that the Rangers can buyout Redden this season, but would keep the cap hit this season even if he signs with another team. Redden would not count against the Rangers cap next season.
...while this makes sense, you have to wonder if this just opened up a can of worms. See Flyers/Bryzgalov and Canucks/Luongo.
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the NHLPA is reviewing the developing situation between Wade Redden and Rangers in which the Blueshirts will sit the veteran defenseman for the remainder of the season to ensure he is not injured and jeopardize their ability to buy him out this summer.
The Rangers have also been in contact with the league. The Canadiens have deployed the same strategy with Scott Gomez.
Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com hopes that common sense prevails and the NHL and NHLPA come to some sort of side agreement that deals specifically with Gomez and Redden which allows each player to continue their NHL careers but still allow the Habs and Rangers to get out of their cap issue with both players next season.
...only way to rectify this situation is to allow both players to be bought out this season. I really don't feel bad for either player. They're still both being paid a tremendous amount of money and only have each other to blame for their poor play. I seriously doubt they actually think their teams are doing them wrong right now.
Will this help them sign certain players next year? People are already chatting about not re-signing Gaborik (for x,y,z reason) next year and it's making me nauseous.
Unrelated: if anyone wants to have fun go over to prohockeytalk.com and get after Flyer fans. They're so freakin dumb. I'm nach0mancandysandwich.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG lol they're so gullible! Lets hope he's still looking at the universe and scared of bears!
@AnnoyingJoe it's so much fun to poke at Philly fan. They are likes to fight guy. And I'm likes to make likes to fight guy fight. Haha it's hilarious, they only look at their side. Whether its hockey, baseball, or football. I love to hook them.
I feel like the cap hit to the Rangers should be for Redden's salary minus whatever offer he manages to get on the open market. If they have to take the cap hit anyway, what's the advantage to the organization to buy them out now vs. the offseason? There should be some sort of motivator in there besides babysitting the guy.
It definately opens a can of worms, but if the reports are true that the Rangers and Canadiens are two of the few teams that turn a profit, the league has to throw them a bone for lowering the cap.
@johnnyb3910 agreed. If Rangers can't gain anything from this early buyout let Redden sit at home. Why should we do him any favors? he sucked and didn't care about the team and is still getting paid very well.
Maybe Zack Parise will be another Gomez and we can be thankful the Rangers didn't go after him harder!
only if he had come to the Rangers.
@JMK8363 I don't think he will be what he was with the Devils but I don't think he will be Gomez. That contract is probably gonna add a tremendous amount of pressure but I also think he's much more mentally tough than Gomez ever was.
"only have each other to blame for their poor play" ... Gomez blames Redden and Redden blames Gomez; I think that solves it! Hahaha
From the get go I thought this buyout next season thing was stupid. It's a new CBA that starts this year. Why not allow all aspects of the CBA to go into effect now? Not allowing the buyouts until next season was just asking for something like this to happen.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Problem is the NHL & NHLPA didn't want a situation where there were was a ton of free agent right before the season started. i agree with you, but logistically it wouldn't have work this year.
@TheWrage if they allowed 1 buy out per team this year it would at the max only be 30 guys and I would argue that a lot of teams would even use it this year. I don't think it would have been as big of a mess as you'd think. But I see the logic behind both sides.
@Ciffy02 I like the idea but I think the PA would have fought that. It sounds like it may be viewed as unethical. I think if you but them out they still get paid something and have the opportunity to play somewhere else if they want.
How about each team must claim one guy they would buyout next year and protect him from the injury rule. This way Rangers can play Redden in Hartford or in NHL and even if injured he can be bought out as Rangers protected the buyout right this year from injury.