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Wade Redden Not On Training Camp List

Although the official training camp roster is not officially released, Steve Zipay is reporting that veteran defenseman Wade Redden will not be invited to camp this year.  Although none of us expected him to be on the Rangers this year, it is a bit surprising to see that he won’t even be invited to camp.  Redden was an invaluable member of the CT Whale last season, serving as a mentor to the young defensemen.  Every young player that was paired with Redden showed great improvements with his game as the season progressed.

This may be the first step in voiding Redden’s contract, which is to be expected at some point.  Redden probably wants another shot at the NHL, and his contract can only be voided if he does not report to the Whale.  I’m just speculating here, but it’s possible that since Redden is not on the camp roster, that he plans to part ways with the Rangers soon.  I would think that if he had plans to stay with the team, that he would be at camp as a mentor/on-ice coach for the defensemen, as he was all of last year.

17 Responses to “Wade Redden Not On Training Camp List”

  1. scrangersfan says:

    Dave, I have a question for you.How could Redden report to camp if he was not invited? You make it sound as if he opted not to report. Am I missing something here?

  2. voidoid says:

    Question – If his contract is voided how does this affect the salary cap? Does it still carry in the AHL & affect the summer cap, or is it deleted and Sather absolved of his grievous sin?

  3. Mikeyyyy says:

    It’s sad but not reporting could be wades honorable way out.

    He voids his contract frees up cap. And gets to move on.

  4. Zen says:

    This is a very interesting situation. Does Wade let all of the dough go for the chance at an NHL career again? I would actually gain a great deal of respect for him if he decided to do so, but it is highly unlikely to happen IMO.

  5. Glen Miller says:

    I think not inviting him to camp was done to avoid the possibility of Wade injuring himself and then the Rangers being stuck with his cap hit. You can’t waive an injured player and that would need to be done prior to demoting him. It’s the same issue that was rumored to exist around the Drury buyout.

  6. Bruce says:

    I cover the Whale, and Redden told me he will be reporting to the Whale camp because he preferred that to trying to play in Europe. He wasn’t invited to Rangers camp because his $6.5 million contract would be part of the team’s cap if he was injured while with the Rangers. He still hopes to play in the NHL again and said he’ll do everything he can to get an offer. He started last season by being the consummate professional and helping the Whale’s young defensemen who are taking his job. If you want to read more, go to ctwhale.com.

    • Glen Miller says:

      That makes sense and you’re right, Redden has accepted his demotion and position within the Rangers organization with class. I wish the CBA allowed a better option that would let the Rangers get out of the cap hit (at least most of it) but let Redden find an NHL job.

    • Dave says:

      Thank you Bruce.

  7. Bruce says:

    You’re welcome, Dave. … To Glen: Wade can find another NHL job anytime he wants, but it’s a question of finding someone who will take him. He has $6.5 million coming for three more years, so it would be hard — if not impossible — to give up that kind of money unless he got something decent from another team, along with a solid shot to make the big club. Rangers probably don’t want to buy him out for at least this season and perhaps next season because they would take too much of a cap hit, especially since they bought out Drury and have to take a hit for two years. But I think the Rangers would be smart to try to keep Redden around because he was such a professional and helped the young defensemen so much. McDonagh being as good as he was with the Rangers is a direct result of Redden and assistant coach J.J. Daigneault because McDonagh had a tough start the first 15-20 games last season.

    • Dave says:

      Regarding Redden’s salary, it’s $6.5m this year, and $5m for the next two years. The contract was front loaded a bit.

      If he wants to stick around, I say he should. He’s been great with the kids. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him as an assistant coach some day.

  8. JM says:

    In reality the choice is Redden’s. The Rangers seem content to leave him in the AHL. If Redden wants to play in the NHL again he likely could catch on with any number of teams and have another crack at it. But in order to do so, he would have to forgo millions of garaunteed money.

  9. Bruce says:

    Don’t think Redden could catch on with “any number of teams” because very few would likely be willing to pay him at least $2-3 million to a 34-year-old guy. But the Islanders might be well served with all their young Dmen who could benefit from having a major-league pro like Redden around. I know it would be disappointing to see Wade leave Hartford because he’s such a class act to talk to, but I hope he gets another NHL shot because he deserves it for being so professional. That should count — and be useful — to any pro team.

  10. scrangersfan says:

    IMO. It is easy to conduct yourself with class when you have a guaranteed 6.5 mils. a year for three more years. Deep down wade knows that he does not have what it takes to be an NHL. player anymore.He is content to play in the AHL.and getting big NHL. money for it.It is good for the Rangers that he is willing to pass on his knowledge to the young prospects.

  11. John Machurek says:

    I would like to say he took this with class but kinda hard not to take it when you are the highest paid player in AHL history