Berlett adds that Redden was the Whale's best player down the stretch and finished the season 15th in the AHL in scoring among defensemen (eight goals, 34 assists).
As far as Redden's choices, he could remain with the Rangers organization and likely return to Hartford next year, take a buyout for the $19.5 million left on his contract or forfeit the remainder of his deal and look for work in the NHL or Europe.
Berlett says the Rangers are highly unlikely to buy him out on June 15 and take a $1,833,333 cap hit next season and in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and a $3,333,333 hit in 2012-13 and 2013-14. So if Redden wants to go elsewhere, he could not report to camp, then his contract would be void and he would be a free agent.
Redden said this about his plans...
"It's a decision that's not totally mine as far as what the Rangers are going to do with me and what their plans are. There are other teams that are starting to decide what they're going to want to do, and I'm sure (Rangers president/general manager) Glen (Sather) and his staff are talking and getting prepared, too."
...the best case senario for the Rangers would be for Redden to walk away from his contract to explore other options in the NHL. Hopefully that decision would come before his salary comes back on the books during the offseason.
...obviously Redden wants to get back into the NHL, but you wonder if he'd want to stay in Hartford because from everything I've read about him this season it seems like he really enjoyed his time with the Whale while being compensated handsomely. But I guess after flying first class all those years riding the bus could get tiresome.