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All Redden’s Doing

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Let’s be clear about this: Wade Redden earned yesterday’s demotion to the AHL for his two miserable seasons on Broadway after signing with the Rangers as a free agent out of Ottawa.

If he were making $3 million rather the average of $6.5 million that he is getting under his six-year, $39 million contract—which may represent the worst free-agent signing in the history of hard-cap pro sports—he still would have had those two miserable seasons and he still would be in Hartford this season instead of Manhattan.

Redden, who will report to the AHL Wolf Pack tomorrow after clearing waivers at noon yesterday, is not a cap casualty.

Rather, Redden is a casualty of his own deterioration as a player that ranged from a steady decline his final couple of seasons with the Senators to a complete collapse with the Rangers.


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Perhaps Brooks will remember writing this when the Rangers’ representative at the Board of Governors is whining prior to the next CBA signing that even more needs to be done to protect the interest of the big club from the financial hardships of their own mistakes.

The Rangers were one of the biggest supporters of the cap system (and especially of the playoff tax for some strange reason…) which was designed to keep their own spending under tight wraps and make it easier for them to profit.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/28/10 at 10:05 AM ET


What about Brashear, Gomez, Drury, Rozsival?  Seriously!  I am getting tired of making this point, but thank God for the CBA.  Without it, we would have a Ranger team with a 100 million dollar payroll.  The only change I would make to the CBA would be no hiding a player in the AHL.  Oh NO!  You mean, wait wait, there would need to be a a competent manager for a sports team in NY?

FU NY, thanks for ruining baseball.  No chance in hell you ruin hockey.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 09/28/10 at 10:15 AM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

This hardline BS drivel from a major medium to substantiate a pathetic situation.

I can think of a lot of top 4 defensemen that have had miserable seasons in the NHL at 31 and 32 years of age over the past 30 years.  The difference between them and Redden is that the NHL has never had a relegation system that saw those guys trucked down to the minors.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 09/28/10 at 11:27 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Isn’t it amazing how all these top-level players go to play in MSG and suddenly can’t play and lose their game?

Maybe it’s the culture of LOSING in New York, and has less to do with the 50-some odd examples we could come up with of top-level players going to New York and suddenly they can’t play while wearing the diagonal “RANGERS”...  maybe it’s the pathetic front office, and the substandard coaching.

Posted by Primis on 09/28/10 at 12:49 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Did Redden decline?


Might options other than an undignified demotion to the minors have been realistic if he wasn’t signed to a ridiculous deal?


Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/28/10 at 02:43 PM ET

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