The New York Rangers will officially buy out Wade Redden. His buy out will be counted one of their amnesty buy outs. His cap hit however, will remain this season until the summer. The Rangers will now have a spot to sign another player so they can reach their 50 contract limit.
Well folks it’s the end of an era. The Wade Redden era is over. I used to think I’d be cheering this day, but no. Under these circumstances it’s more like meh, I don’t really care.
It’s sad though that his signing pushed Jaromir Jagr out of New York. If Sather would have given Jagr some of the money he gave to Redden, things could have been different. Let’s also remember the Rangers were chasing Brooks Orpik at the time but he chose to remain in Pittsburgh. Ultimately the Rangers would have been strengthened in the short term if they signed Orpik, but right now I’m glad that didn’t happen either as Orpik would most likely be overpaid right now.
There are some good things Redden did do though. Most of those things happened in Hartford, but let’s acknowledge them. He helped Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer become good defenseman in their time in the AHL. At least every defenseman who played with him in Hartford learned a few things from him. He was a real professional when he was sent down, and I’m glad he didn’t cause a big problem in Hartford while he was there.
I’m also happy Redden will get another shot at the NHL again. He didn’t deserve to end his career this way. I hope he finds a team this year and is able to play consistently for them. The guy’s been shamed enough, he deserves a shot of redemption.
With that said though, if he ends up in the Eastern Conference I hope the Rangers play him and they skate circles around him. I hope Mike Rupp skates end to end while Redden’s on the ice. I absolutely hate Redden in a hockey sense and I hope the Rangers destroy him on the ice.
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