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Welcome News to Rangers Fans

As Paul linked to earlier on the blog, Jesse Spector at the Daily News’ Rangers’ blog reports that defenseman Wade Redden will be placed on waivers:

Sather said that Redden did not seem too surprised when he got the news, that “he’d seen the writing on the wall.” The Rangers’ president and general manager said that he would accept whatever decision Redden makes should he clear waivers, whether the 33-year-old defenseman chooses to accept an assignment to Hartford or tries to find a job in Europe.

This will certainly be welcome news to Blueshirt fans everywhere as Redden simply did not work out on Broadway. He gave up the puck many times, did not contribute much offensively or defensively and rather than help goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, he was a liability.

Ranger fans will also welcome the fact that Glen Sather finally admitted that he made a mistake by signing Redden to that ridiculous contract back during the summer of 2008.

Hopefully, this was a learning experience for Sather and that in the future, he will not make the same mistake.

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More on Wade Redden

Going into this year’s training camp, it would appear that three defensemen are locks to be on the New York Rangers’ roster come October: Marc Staal, Daniel Girardi and Michael Del Zotto. The remaining spots could go to: Michal Rozsival (he’ll be there), Mat Gilroy, Alexei Semenov, Ryan McDonagh, Garnet Exelby and yes, Wade Redden.

Obviously, Redden is on thin ice when it comes to making the team and today, he didn’t do much to increase his chances as he was apparently slow and not able to keep up with his teammates. With that said, however, Redden said head coach John Tortorella told him that he still has a chance to make the team:

“Yeah, that’s what they told me, that’s the way I’m approaching it,” said Redden, who was later asked as to whether worrying about making the team was at the forefront of his thoughts. “It’s another challenge, you leave that to the side, there’s nothing to be done about that. It doesn’t help to dwell on those things. They’re going to make the best decision for the team. I want it to be with me in the first lineup of the year.”

Redden also told team beat reporters that he did not want to dwell on the past, which is something us New Yorkers have trouble doing because we base everything on “What have you done for me lately”, and unfortunately, Redden hasn’t been able to deliver on Broadway thus far.

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Redden as Good as Gone?

As of right now, the Blueshirts are almost right up to the salary cap of $60 million. Obviously, the team still has time to figure out who to dump but according to Rangers’ fans, it’s a no brainer.

The obvious choice is defenseman Wade Redden. Redden came to the Blueshirts in the off-season of 2008 when the team signed him to a ridiculous contract, hoping he’d be the same player he was with the Ottawa Senators. Unfortunately for the Rangers, that never happened.

Instead, the team got someone who contributed minimal offense, coughed up the puck in front of his own zone and for the most part, looked lost out on the ice. Blueshirt fans saw this right from the get go and as New York fans like to do in any sports, they let the player have it.

Everytime Redden touches the puck, he gets booed. Heck, anytime he even got a goal or an assist, the fans got on him. Basically put, Redden can do no right on Broadway.

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Too Much Waiting and Not Enough Doing By Sather

In the dog days of summer, many NHL general managers and their teams are waiting and looking.

Waiting and looking to sign a free agent, make a trade or do anything they can to make their team better. While that’s what most GM’s are doing this off-season, one has to wonder what New York Rangers’ GM Glen Sather is trying to do with his hockey team.

Yes, he went out and signed/re-signed players such as Marty Biron, Derek Boogaard, Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, Vinny Prospal and Daniel Girardi. While that’s great, with the exception of the somewhat questionable Boogaard signing, one has to wonder what’s next for Sather.

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Checking In

Good morning folks. I haven’t posted here in awhile so I figured I’d check in.

Unfortunately, not too much is going on in Ranger-land these days. Sure, they had a minor league signing in Jeremy Williams but other than that, it’s been pretty quiet.

One would have to imagine that GM Glen Sather is trying to get a deal in place for RFA defenseman Marc Staal while also trying to figure out a way to waive defenseman Wade Redden. Pretty good, right?

Hopefully, I’ll have more to check in with next time but feel free to check out my work over at Hockey Independent and RLD Hockey whenever you get a chance.

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Season Ending Thoughts from Torts

From great friend of the blog Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:

There seems little doubt that the first player Tortorella wants to “weed out” is Wade Redden, though Tortorella did not say that himself. Just a bit of speculation but when asked specifically about Redden, Tortorella said it wasn’t right or fair to talk about individual players. Yet he essentially talked about most of the other players on the team on an individual basis. And it sounds like Redden was given a loud and clear message in his exit interview. Redden has four seasons left on his six-year, $39 million deal and with Marc Staal due a new contract that may run around $4 million per season, there’s been plenty of speculation that it makes sense for the Rangers to send Redden to Hartford to clear the cap space, though they’d still be paying the salary.

Click here for more on season ending thoughts from the head coach.


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No Surprise There

In an interesting column, Wes Goldstein from CBSSports.com writes about the 10 worst contracts in the NHL. It should come as no surprise to any New York Ranger fan who the No. 1 and No. 2 choices are:

1. Wade Redden, Rangers: Redden’s career in Ottawa was heading south when the Senators made a token offer to keep him as a free agent in the summer of 2008. Instead, the Rangers stepped in and offered him twice as much along with a six-year deal, and they’ve regretted it ever since. Redden has been the poster boy for big-contract busts with declining numbers and increasing time on the bench and sometimes even in the press box. But there’s not much New York can do because Redden has four more years, $23 million and a $6.5 million annual cap hit left.

2. Scott Gomez, Canadiens: Another of Rangers GM Glen Sather’s legacy signings in New York, just no longer his problem because Gomez was pawned off on the Canadiens last spring. That move was one of the reasons Canadiens GM Bob Gainey fell out of favor with many fans in Montreal and probably helped encourage him to step down this week. Gomez hasn’t been awful since signing his mega deal in 2007, but he’s a second-line center getting big first-line money and not living up to the expectations that kind of coin carries. Worse, he is putting a serious crimp in Montreal’s salary structure and ability to upgrade the lineup. Gomez has $25 million coming to him over the next four years and $7.3 million cap hit.

Isn’t it great that the team still has General Manager Glen Sather at the helm? Click here for more.




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Tortorella Starting to Get Fired Up

From Patrick Hoffman (me) at Inside Hockey:

When the New York Rangers hired John Tortorella to replace head coach Tom Renney in February of 2009, the team knew that they were getting a hard-nosed coach who demanded hard work, discipline and smart hockey.

With the Blueshirts struggling over the past week, Tortorella has began to weed out the players who are not following his system, specifically forward Ales Kotalik and defenseman Wade Redden.

Kotalik has had an inconsistent first season on Broadway. In 32 games, Kotalik has posted 19 points, which isn’t terrible but is not what the head coach is looking for as Kotalik’s efforts have suffered elsewhere on the ice.

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A Quick One before Rangers-Isles Tonight

Good evening folks. Sorry I wasn’t around today but I was busy at one of my part-time/freelance jobs.

I’m sure you didn’t miss me too much since there wasn’t exactly much to say after last night’s loss to the New York Islanders. The team was absolutely dreadful and showed the Isles no respect. In the “new” NHL, anyone can beat anybody so the Blueshirts should not exclude themselves from that.

Both teams are back at it again tonight with a new wrinkle for the Blueshirts: both Ales Kotalik and Wade Redden are healthy scratches. Kotalik has been inconsistent, at best, while Redden has been horrible since joining the Blueshirts in the summer of 2008.

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Interest in Redden? (Not an April Fool’s Joke)

From the Toronto Globe & Mail via at Blueshirt Banter:

Just found this update on the Toronto Globe and Mail, here are the highlights of particular interest to us:

There is belief the Maple Leafs have been zeroing in on New York Rangers defenceman Wade Redden and forward Peter Schaefer of the Boston Bruins.

Schaefer, 31, was buried in the minors by the Bruins last season because of salary cap concerns. He has one more year on his contract at $2.3-million (U.S.). Redden, 32, was signed to a six-year, $39-million unrestricted free-agent deal last summer, and the Rangers would not be averse to moving him.

The Leafs have plenty of salary cap room – $10-million to $13-million depending on the contract given to restricted free-agent forward Mikhail Grabovski – to accommodate both players.

But if the Leafs have interest in Redden, it means Burke must be serious about trading away either Tomas Kaberle or Pavel Kubina. The two veteran defenceman have no-trade contracts, but a window in which they can be traded opens when the draft commences on Friday.

“I’m going [to Montreal] to listen to offers,” said Leafs GM Brian Burke.

Click here for more. I’m certainly all for whatever helps the Rangers demote/get rid of Redden.


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Two Out Of Four Ain’t Bad

Going into this weekend, all the New York Rangers were focused on was their game. They weren’t focused on who was in front of them, behind them or looking a few games down the road. The team was focused on the here and now.

Their intense focus certainly showed last night at the Garden as the team beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3. Tonight’s game, against the Ottawa Senators, on the other hand, ended in a 2-1 loss, which means that the team remains in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

While four points would have been great, the team should be satisfied with their play this weekend. They put pucks to the net, used their speed well, did a great job killing penalties (now first in the league) and were competitive in both games. Some other notes from the weekend:

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Change on the Way?

With John Tortorella making his season debut as the New York Rangers head coach tonight against the Toronto Maple leafs, many fans are hoping that this will signal lots of positive changes.

Based on what Tortorella told the press corps yesterday, he wants to instill confidence in his troops and give them the creativity that they need to play effectively. At the same time, however, he also mentioned that he does not want to fall into the same trap he did last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where his team went all out on offense and suffered on the defensive end.

With that said, Tortorealla is going to do everything he can to get some offensive chemistry into this lineup. For one thing, expect to see a lot less of the fourth line and more of the top three lines as Tortorella believes in playing his best players as much as possible in order to give the team the best chance to win a hockey game.

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A New Season

When the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders on Wednesday night, Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist said it was a good start to the new season.

It’s a good thing that the Blueshirts are looking at this as a new season since more than halfway through this 2008-09 campaign, a season that has been mired with a lack of scoring, a lack of finish, a terrible power play and overall, inconsistency.

This weekend, the team looks to continue its perfect new season with games against the Buffalo Sabres (tomorrow night in Buffalo) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Sunday night at the Garden). To pick up four points, the team will need to do the following:

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An Interview with a Rangers Blogger

Since I’m sure all you die hard New York Ranger fans know what happened last night and know what this team needs to do to be better on a consistent basis, I figured I’d forget about talking about last night’s debacle against the New Jersey Devils and instead post an interview I did with a Rangers Blogger: Scotty Hockey.

Scotty was kind of enough to take time during this holiday season to tell us how he fell in love with the game and the Rangers, how he got into writing/blogging about hockey, what the future of hockey blogging will bring and of course, his outlook on the Blueshirts.

Enjoy and remember to visit Scotty Hockey for thoughts and opinions on the Broadway Blueshirts.

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They’ll Be Fine

Well, it’s official folks. Mats Sundin has found a new home and it’s not on Broadway.

As reported by TSN, Sundin has signed a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. This is someone that the New York Rangers could have used but if you think about it, with a 22-11-2 record, the team must be doing something right.

Yes, the team relies on their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to bail them out a lot and yes, they are primarily a defense-first team. However, these are two elements that have allowed the Blueshirts to be successful the past three seasons.

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I know that many of you New York Ranger fans out there were certainly intrigued by reports that Mats Sundin had selected the Blueshirts as the team he wanted to play for this season.

However, Sam Weinman, Rangers’ beat writer for The Journal News, reported that Sundin’s agent, J.P. Barry, said in an e-mail that the big Swede has yet to make a decision but at the same time, noted that the Blueshirts have expressed their interest.

The plot thickens folks. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of days because it’s a rematch of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals for Mats: the New York Rangers vs. the Vancouver Canucks, who already offered him a two-year deal worth $20 million.

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Records can be Deceiving

With a record of 17-8-2 and sitting first in the Eastern Conference, one would have to think that the team and its fans would be happy.

In the case of the New York Rangers, not so much. Looks can be deceiving folks and yesterday afternoon’s 4-0 clunker at the hands of the Florida Panthers proves that point.

Over at Sam Weinman’s (The Journal News) Rangers Report Blog, MSG’s John Giannone points out that of the club’s 17 wins, six have come in the shootout. If there were no shootouts, the team would have a substantially lower record and would be 11-7-8.

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What the Rangers need to Work on

In his Rangers Report Blog this afternoon, Sam Weinman gave a few reasons why the Rangers are 9-2-1.

He cited the play of netminders Henrik Lundqvist and Stephen Valiquette, reporting to training camp early and in shape, a favorable schedule and unexpected contributions from guys like Aaron Voros and Fredrik Sjostrom.

These are all obvious reasons but just because they’re 9-2-1 doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.

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Gomez Line Looks Sharp in Preseason Debut

They may not have registered any points but two of the Rangers’ off-season acquisitions looked right at home in their first preseason game on Broadway, a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Markus Naslund and Nikolai Zherdev impressed the Garden faithful by not being afraid to shoot the puck, going hard to the net and getting back on defense (Yes, even Zherdev got back to break up a few plays). While it may just be one preseason game, Naslund and Zherdev sure looked good with their other linemate, center Scott Gomez.

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