Brooks: Rangers ask Redden to sit the season out

So long Wade.
So long Wade.

One day after we discussed how Wade Redden might need to be an emergency call up if the injuries mount, Larry Brooks noted that the Rangers will ask Redden to sit the season out:

It appears Wade Redden will sit out the season at home at the Rangers’ request in order to ensure he does not get hurt and thus jeopardize the planned postseason compliance buyout of the final year of his contract.

To elaborate on what Brooks is saying, the new CBA allows teams to have two amnesty buyouts between the end of the 2013-2014 season and the start of the 2014-2015 seasons. However, buyouts in the NHL –amnesty or regular– cannot occur if a player is injured. The Rangers actually ran into this problem once before with Chris Drury, when his knee almost prevented his buyout.

Redden has one more year after this season on his contract that will pay him $5 million ($6.5 million cap hit). With the new CBA, Redden’s cap hit would be $5.6 million if he plays in the AHL. Naturally, that’s a lot of dead weight on the cap, and the Rangers will absolutely buy him out.

This request by the Rangers doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise, as the organization couldn’t risk Redden getting injured. While this does not affect the Rangers (other than his $5.6 million cap hit being on the books), it does negatively affect the Connecticut Whale.

The Whale are having significant problems on defense, and are likely to lose Matt Gilroy –although that may help considering his -16 rating– for a period of time. Redden was the captain of the Whale and was a fabulous mentor to the young kids in the organization. Redden’s departure from the Whale has left a gaping hole on defense and in the locker room.

However, the organization’s best interests require Redden to sit the season out. The Rangers simply cannot afford to have Redden’s $5.6 million cap hit on the books when they need to re-sign Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, and Ryan McDonagh next offseason. This also doesn’t include the need to re-sign Michael Del Zotto.

Redden’s tenure with the Rangers has officially come to an end. It was a tough ride, but Redden has been a consummate professional throughout his stay in New York and Connecticut. He may not be missed in New York, but Connecticut surely will miss him.

10 thoughts on “Brooks: Rangers ask Redden to sit the season out

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

    The man was a disaster from day one!!!!

    Good by.

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

    If the Rangers need an extra defensemen they could sign Brendan Bell or Lawrence Nycholat. Maybe even Ilkka Heikkinen could be available.

    • Jan 12, 2013 at 9:25 am


      • Jan 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

        I think he’s just naming a bunch of old NYR farm hands.

        • Jan 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

          If we need an injury call up than one of the names i mentioned above would likely do the best job. They have all veen call ups before. What if there is a situation like that and a defensemeb needs to be called up? Logan Pyett is a prospect and i dont believe he is ready yet. Vernace and Collins have experience but i want someone more experienced like Brendan Bell or Lawrence Nycholat. Illka Heikkinen to me was looked upon to be good but he wasnt that good. Not to mention put of all people he was called up. Yes they are all former farmhands but they have all played and know the system.

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Not that i am a Redden fan but he should be able to void his own contract , and sign some place else . If the rangers fire Torts he just goes and signs some where else . They have no right to ruin a players career.

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

    this is truly a disgrace……and although Redden struggled with NY he could have had a good career elsewhere….the system (and the Rangers) burried him… they should be forced to trade him for nothing and send prospects if they have to along with him, he deserves a chance to play….a pure victim of the old CBA and now the transition between the old and the new,….and the fact that the coach doesnt like him,….surely he’s better than any other 6th defensiveman the Rangers have , and they have the cap space this year…

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

    The rangers could be honorable and send him through waivers and see if there are any takers.

    Then we would only incur half the cap hit.

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Good luck to Wade. He’s handled this like a pro unlike Avery.

    Unfortunately, Wade is just a victim of the CBA. The Rangers HAD to do this. Had he gotten injured and we were stuck with his cap hit, we’d be screwed. This was a no brainer. Good work Slats.

  • Jan 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    It would have been so easy to write a CBA that avoided this. Allow the Rangers to make a scheduled buyout. The Rangers would still take a cap hit this year,but Redden would get to play (which I assume he wants to). Injury would not be an issue since the buyout would have been scheduled before the injury.

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