Rangers and Wade Redden's camp meeting today which might help clarify his future.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) January 8, 2013
Redden's $6.5 million per year salary will count against the Rangers cap this year and next year even if he's playing with the Whale.
The Rangers are said to be interested in using an amnesty buyout on Redden this summer. They can not use the amnesty for this season.
...i can't believe I'm saying this, but if Redden is going to count against the Rangers cap anyway, why not give him a chance to win a roster spot in camp. You're telling me he's going to be worse than Bickel or Eminger as a 6th or 7th defenseman?
I don't fault Redden for taking a contract offered by Sather. He has been a great mentor to young players in Hartford, accepts his role there, and made the best of a bad situation. Imagine Avery spending 2 years there? I loved Avery but he was a jerk the way he behaved in Hartford. Give Redden a chance; he can always be sent back down and will have no problem clearing waivers each time. Also, can use him as a call up if needed.
He had that chance & blew it in a spectacular way. With The absurd contract he received & his ineffective play, he would require extra security from irate fans.
I would personally give him a shot, but I don't think the Rangers will. I bet Sather refuses to let him play anywhere, preventing any chance of injury, and buys him out as soon as the season ends.
Personally, I would but the"fans" at MSG (I put that in quotes because it's only a certain group of them) won't give him a chance to show what he could do and that will kill any confidence he has. Yes he should be able to ignore it at this stage in his career but at the end of the day, he's human.
I suppose we could give him a shot. If I were him, I'd want to prove to the Rangers and the league that I could still play.
for his own sake if nothing else keep him off the ice at the garden. one mistake - one turnover and it's going to be boo birds for him any time he touches the puck.
even if he can match an NHL pace - does anyone think he's going to play with some new found passion, hit someone, drop the gloves? yeah -not likely. at the very least (very least) Bickle and Eminger will defend their ground and stick uo for their teammates.
If Del Zotto cant come to his seances than why not give the guy a shot he is still going to make his 5 point whatever million make him earn it in the nhl level and if it dose not work out buy his ass out .
I would be a bit worried putting Redden in... lets say he makes the squad...and for some unforseen reason we get to a game 7 Stanley Cup final and Redden has to play due to injured D-men... we go to OT... Redden turns and fires a beebee top shelfer past Lundy over the glove and says... thanks for the 6.5 mill and screw you guys for treating me the way you did.....
People don't realize this guy was all class being sent down. Took a mentoring role as the Captain. Obviously, the 6.5 million soothed any wounds, but we've seen others throw a tantrum (umm... Avery?).
The only thing this guy did wrong was sign the deal that was infront of him. He is a serviceable 3rd pair Dman. Since he counts against the cap anyway, let him play 48 games and buy him out in the summer. He obviously has something to prove, which works in favor of the Rangers.
give him a shot but the new deal does allow for 2 buyouts between this yr and next yr. he could still be bought out,. it counts against the 50% but not the cap.
I was saying the same thing yesterday. If you're going to have Bickle on the roster to just sit there, why not have Redden on the roster who actually has playoff experience to teach these guys.
I agree he should get a chance in camp but I think he's much more valuable on the ice and in the locker room in Hartford than being a 6th/7th in NY.
I totally agree. I wouldn't mind seeing him in the 6/7 spot. He's gotta be better than Bickle. Give him a shot!
I know this might be surprising, but I think Eminger and even Bickel are absolutely superior to Redden at this point. Redden was at times a healthy scratch for the Whale last season. It's no longer that Redden's contract is awful, but he is simply no longer NHL quality.
I might be wrong on this, but if Redden gets hurt I don't think the rangers can use buy-out until healthy.
@chrisD Rangers fans haven't had a Blowsival, Redden-type boobird in quite some time...
@GraigGiuliani "All class" because he couldn't be pissed off — him being sent down was justified because he was terrible. What's he gonna say, "I kicked so much ass as a Ranger, put my heart out there, now you do this to me?" No way, he was invisible except when he was a pylon.
Avery being pissed (or throwing a tantrum as you call it) could be argued because he was an asset to the team and the fans love(d) him. And don't say the fans don't count because after this lockout bullshit, everyone's saying "the fans, the fans..."
@GraigGiuliani He played with ZERO passion as a Blueshirt.
or Del Zotto. And yeah, Bickle's lack of mobility, especially laterally, was painfully apparent in the playoffs.
@Herman_NYRBlog That maybe true, but what do they lose giving him a shot in camp? Unless they just don't want to deal with him, which is fine.
@BrendanK11221 Interesting. If true, I wouldn't have him playing.