One of the more interesting storylines of the Rangers/Bruins series will be the return of Wade Redden. The veteran defenseman, who the Rangers gave a 6-year, $39 million contract in 2008 and then bought out using a new amnesty clause in January, signed with the Blues before the start of the season and was then traded to the Bruins at the trade deadline.
However, Redden is one of three Bruins defensmen who missed Game 7 (he also sat out Game 5) because of injury. While the nature of the ailment has not been released (who's coaching that team Torts?) it is speculated that Redden might not be ready for tomorrow's Game 1 in Boston.
Andrew Ference (lower body) also missed Monday's epic 5-4 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 7, and Dennis Seidenberg (undisclosed injury) was able to play only 37 seconds. They are both questionable for tomorrow's game.
Redden finished the regular season with 3g, 4a in 29 regular season games with both the Blues and the Bruins.
Redden had a 1g, 1a in the first round of the playoffs against the Maple Leafs.
...while I was happy that Redden was given another chance, I have to wonder if he does play in this series and contributes to the Bruins eliminating the Rangers, does Sather deserve some criticism for literally paying (Rangers owed him $5.6 million this season) for this guy to beat his own team? Obviously, Sather didn't have to release him and in an ironic twist of fate, the Ranger GM's good deed could end up biting them in the end.
...beyond the Redden injury, the loss of three of the Bruins top six defensemen is a huge advantage for the Rangers as the Bruins will have to continue to rely on young inexperienced defensemen in this series.
Rookies Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton filled in due to the injuries in the Maple Leafs series, with Bartkowski getting a big goal in Game 7.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli discussed the rookies contributions (via ESPN.com)....
"I saw two really good performances in those young players, the two rookie players; that's another testament to coaching, that they were able to integrate these two guys amongst the five D core, in [Bartkowski] and Dougie."
If Redden has a great series? I highly doubt the guy is going to be the reason the NYR lose a series. Be real. We have PLENTY to point to, as far as "valid" reasons....Wade Redden is not one of them. I guarantee you, Torts is wasting no prep time strategizing about how the Rangers get around Redden.
Neither Ferrence or Seidenberg practicing today. Bruins may have to go with three rookie Dmen.
Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff
May 15, 2013 11:21 AM
By Fluto Shinzawa, Globe StaffThe Bruins are practicing at TD Garden in preparation for Thursday’s Game 1 against the New York Rangers.
Neither Dennis Seidenberg nor Andrew Ference is present. Both defensemen are sidelined with lower-body injuries. Torey Krug was recalled from Providence Tuesday. Krug could be in the lineup Thursday. It would be his NHL playoff debut.
The No. 2 line is Jaromir Jagr with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Tyler Seguin is on the third line with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly.
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins-Jay Pandolfo
I don't like the situation with Redden. I think we could have used him as a bottom pair dman this year (especially before we got Moore) and since we are taking the cap hit for him we should have been able to without risking not being able to waive him at the end of the season. Setting him free early was not fair to us and if we play against him in the playoffs it is just wrong no matter what his contribution might be.
If Wade Redden causes the Rangers to lose this series, then Hank should retire and become the new Swedish Chef, Torts should open a Petco and give up coaching for good, Sather should move to Cuba to smoke all the cigars he can get his hands on, and the Rangers organization needs to give back every Cup they've ever won in their franchise history. There's as much a chance of DelZotto turning into Bobby Orr for this series, as there is for Wade Redden being a Ranger-killer!
If I'm a Boston fan, I'm a lot more worried about Wade Redden getting top 4 minutes than the Rangers should be about him being "extra" motivated!
I agree that he would deserve no criticism, but the move could bite them if Redden has a great series.
Redden doesn't concern me at all. Doesn't play the body much, and is only good now for SOME offense every now and then. Actually, outside of Chara, none of the Bruins' D is concerning. Dennis Seidenberg being injured is a huge break for the Rangers, as now the Bruins are left with very few true shutdown d-men. Chara, McQuaid, and Boychuk are their only formidable D left. Hamilton, despite his "good" rookie season (that's being generous, one of the most overrated prospects in the league if you ask me) has been an absolute turnover machine. same with Matt Bartkowski, barely can hold the line, not that physical, and has a decent shot. That's it. If our secondary scoring trend continues, this could be a quick series. against the Caps, Alzner and Carlson were real pains in the ass and offered two shutdown pairs. But the bruins only have one reliable one, Chara-Boychuk. This series might not be as tough as many people predict.
None of those guys practiced today according to Bruins writers so I would say they are out for at least game one. And I disagree with anyone who criticizes Sather about Redden. He wasn't playing for us so why wouldn't they do it? That said, I totally expect him to score the series deciding goal lol
I'm honestly not that worried about Redden. The Bruins have players that worry me, but he's not one of them. If he is able to come back and play in this series, I'm sure he'll be "extra motivated" against the Rangers, but if were that much of a force to be reckoned with, we wouldn't have sent him to Hartford and then released him in the first place.
Also, Ference is on crutches, so I can't imagine he'll make it back in this series.
The Rangers need to not let Chara and Lucic plant themselves in front of Lundqvist for long stretches of time - that's what killed the Leafs in Game 7.
@shishya100 Can't wait for an update (should there be any) on Staal.
@queensbee I'm not necessarily worried about him either, but you know if he can play, he'll be extra motivated.