At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that the best chance for Wade Redden to return to the NHL will be with a possible amnesty buyout clause that may come with the new CBA.
The Rangers used the buy out clause to buy out the final two years of Bobby Holik’s five-year deal worth $45 million.
After the 24% roll back Holik would have had a cap hit of $6.726 million.
The absolute best part of this article from the New York Times on the Rangers buying out Holik is that on the same day they did they also signed Henrik Lundqvist.
I will never forget the day that the Rangers signed Holik and never forget how little I cared when they bought him out. I hope that the Rangers do this if they have the chance. It would save them actual money and it would give Wade the chance to play again. I like that he is accepting his move to Hartford so well for this season, and that he can be a leader down there again, but I hope that he gets another shot at the NHL with another team.
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Redden was not invited to the Rangers training camp.
Looks like Redden will be back to being a leader in Hartford
Update: 5:12PM: Bruce Berlet spoke with Redden who said that he wasn’t surprised that he wasn’t invited to training camp:
“I only talked to (Rangers coach John) Tortorella, and I didn’t seem to fit into their plans,” Redden said. “But I hope to get another job in the NHL, so I’m going to work and play as hard as I can and hope for the best.”
He also said that Redden preferred to report to Hartford rather than try to play in Europe.
Update: 1:08PM: Andrew Gross says that the Rangers not expected to have any veteran tryout players at training camp.
Original Post: 12:19PM Steve Zipay reports at Newsday that defenseman Wade Redden will not be on the Rangers training camp roster when it is released later today.
Redden spent last season with the Whale after he was waived at the start of training camp.
He can refuse his assignment to Hartford and give up the rest of his contract and become a free agent.
Redden had planned on attending training camp.
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I hope that he voids his contract because I would like to see him get another chance to play in the NHL. Either that or he can stay in Hartford, collect his money, and be a mentor to the players down there. Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto raved about him.
According to Arthur Staple in Newsday, Wade Redden plans to attend the Rangers training camp in September.
He spent all last season in Hartford with the Wolfpack/Whale after being sent down in September. He had a tremendous mustache there. More on Redden after he was sent down, here.
Redden still has three more seasons left on his contract worth $6.5 million per season.
While in Hartford, all reports were that Redden was a great pro and leader.
Redden has said repeatedly that money isn’t an issue to him.
This isn’t a big deal. Redden will go to training camp with the Rangers, but the issue will be what happens after they place him on waivers to send him down to Hartford. If he refuses the move and voids his contract, he loses the money but gets a chance to be a free agent and play again in the NHL. Otherwise he can go back to Hartford and be a leader for the young players down there.
In the Daily News, Jesse Spector writes that even with the trend of teams taking on long-term contracts of high salaried players, the Rangers won’t find someone to take the final three years of Wade Redden’s contract.
I said a similar thing in a mailbag recently.
There is a difference between Wade Redden and Brian Campbell. Campbell can play over 22 minutes a night and run your powerplay, while Redden is a third pair defenseman who spent a year in Hartford because of his salary. Redden may have been a good influence on young players in Hartford, but he still won’t bring any sort of value to his contract in the NHL. The Blackhawks were lucky that the GM who signed Campbell to his contract is now somewhere else and was in need of adding salary.
At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes about Dany Heatley and how the Sharks may be starting to grow frustrated with him.
He says that Heatley, like Wade Redden, didn’t take conditioning seriously and it ended up catching up with him.
This sounds like something that Redden started when he was in Ottawa and came with him to the Rangers. Conditioning is the first thing that John Tortorella tests in training camp and he takes it very seriously. When you don’t take care of your body and at a young age it’s hard to catch up when you get older. The slower pace of the AHL may be perfect for where Redden is at now.
As for Heatley, a guy with his kind of talent level should be in the best possible shape. He is wasting his talents by not allowing himself to be the best player he can be.
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At Newsday, Arthur Staple writes about Wade Redden and how he will return to the Rangers salary cap on July 1st.
Staple spoke to Redden’s agent Don Meehan who said that he hadn’t discussed retirement with his client.
Last week, Redden repeated that money isn’t an issue for him.
Anything with Redden will have to wait until September. Either he will accept another assignment to play in Hartford and collect his $6.5 million, or he will refuse and become a free agent.
His time with the Rangers is over, but his presence will be felt on the summer cap.
At Howlings, Bruce Berlet spoke with Wade Redden as the Whale had their break up day yesterday.
Redden said that he hasn’t talked to his agent yet and that money isn’t an issue to him.
He said nearly the same thing a month ago and two months ago.
While in Hartford, Redden was a mentor to Ryan McDonagh.
I guess it doesn’t matter what Redden does until training camp. He will be on the summer cap come July 1 and the Rangers will go about their business figuring that he won’t be on the NHL roster and that his cap hit will come off as soon as it can. If money doesn’t matter to him, and he wants to play in the NHL, you have to think that he will void his contract and move on.
The only issue is going to be how much cap space the Rangers have to sign all of their RFA’s and then UFA’s and that some guys may need to wait until Redden can be cleared, to sign their contracts. I would think that the Rangers and their RFA’s could come to terms on a deal and just wait to file it with the league until they have the space.
“I’ve kind of put my options on hold until after the season, but money isn’t an issue,” said Redden, who has played for Canada internationally seven times, winning two gold medals in the World Cups and one in the World Cup of Hockey. “My focus now is to play well here because that’s the only thing under my control. I do feel more comfortable, and every shift this time of year is important. You have to play hard all the time, especially with our playoff lives on the line. You want to go out and play hard and play well.”
Redden to Bruce Berlet at Howlings
If money isn’t an option for Redden, then I feel like he will void his contract and try to find another NHL job. It sounds crazy to think that he will walk away from that much money, but it’s his last chance to try and play in the NHL. He has already made a lot of money in his career, so if he wants to try and play in the NHL again, he can take the chance.