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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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