Wade Redden To Report To Hartford

As per Larry Brooks, Wade Redden will report to Hartford to play in the AHL this season. After being waived by the Rangers on Saturday, and clearing this afternoon, Redden had several options for his future. He could report to Hartford, and honor the remaining four years of his deal ($23 million due to him). He could search for a suitable team in Europe or Russia, and have the Rangers agree to a loan, which would again see him get paid as per his contract. Or he could not report to Hartford, giving the Rangers grounds to void his contract, where Redden could seek employment from another NHL team.

At this stage of many player’s lives, family comes before hockey. With a newborn baby, it is safe to assume that Redden simply chose family this year. Hartford is close enough to New York that Redden does not need to uproot his family to continue playing hockey. It’s tough not to feel for Redden, as it was very clear he was trying, and perhaps trying too hard. It is not his fault that GM Glen Sather offered him $6.5 million per year for six years. However, hockey is a business, and for the Rangers to be competitive, Redden had to go. Maybe he can be a mentor to the kids there, like he was to Michael Del Zotto (which few knew about until MDZ spoke about Redden’s departure). At $2 million, he would be a welcome addition to most NHL clubs, just not at $6.5 million. Redden the person is a good man, but Redden the hockey players was just too expensive for minimal production.

15 Responses to “Wade Redden To Report To Hartford”

  1. jurgenno88 says:

    its weird. Its hard not to feel ‘good riddance’ but anyone that has dealt with professional adversity will appreciate the tough times he is facing given he is in the public eye.

    Seems a nice guy not obnoxious like a lot of pro athletes so I hope he does well in the future. I’m glad he’s not a Ranger but (selfishly) here’s hoping he can still benefit the organization.

    Having said all that… If some said to me I’d never play in the NHL but would be given 6.5m a year to play in the minors I’d still be pretty happy! :D

  2. The Suit says:

    Will be interesting to see how well he plays in Hartford. Who knows, if he tears it up maybe he still has a shot in the NHL with somebody else and he can do the whole void the contract thing…

    With Streit going down, you have to wonder if Garth Snow is keeping a close eye on the situation.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      Can you imagine the Islanders helping the Rangers rid themselves of the biggest (financial) mistake in their history?! brilliant.
      I think Souray is a more realistic option for the isles.
      If he plays stellar in the AHL Redden may have a personal dilemma… does he void the deal for a crack at the NHL again and lose 20+m or does he settle for a job in the A and the safety of the contract???

  3. Mikeyyyy says:

    Spectorshockey hockey reported some big blockbuster in the works between the rangers and oilers. Anyone know what it might be?

  4. Jordan says:

    I can’t feel badly for someone that gets paid $80K each time he shows up to work.