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Rangers' Wade Redden clears waivers, heads to AHL

Sep 27, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

waderedden2.jpgTo the surprise of virtually no one, New York Rangers recently waived defenseman Wade Redden has cleared waivers and will be sent to AHL camp with the Hartford Wolfpack. With that, Redden’s $6.5 million cap hit disappears to the AHL and the race for the spot on the Rangers blue line is on. With the other roster cuts announced, those players battling for that position also clears up.

Alexei Semenov and Garnet Exelby were released from their professional tryout agreement meaning that one of Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko, or Mike Sauer will be gunning for the seventh defenseman position with the Rangers. We checked out the race for that spot on the roster on Saturday when Redden was placed on waivers and it appears that head coach John Tortorella is going for youth over experience in doing so. A gutsy move and one that Rangers fans will at least initially support.

Valentenko has impressed so far through camp showcasing a big shot from the point and a bit of a mean streak. McDonagh is still very young yet and the Rangers might want to have him get some work in in the AHL before throwing him into the NHL fire.

  1. graves9 - Sep 27, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    The young guys are competiting for the 6th dman spot not seventh. Eminger will be the 7th Dman>

  2. graves9 - Sep 27, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    they’re fighting it out for the 6th dman spot not 7th. Eminger is the 7th defenseman.

  3. NYRFTW - Sep 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    MZA was sent down, really? Torts and sather need to go ASAP. I hope they go 0-82 this year! Eminger is a joke, he’s a step up from a fan! Redden can rule Hartford for the amount of money he’s getting paid. Say hello to the future of Hartford if you see him.

  4. NYRFTW - Sep 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    BTW stop calling players young at McDonagh’s age because he’s the average age now in the new NHL. The AHL is for old bums and occasional players that might have a couple more years to make the big team. The AHL=AAA in baseball now. Career players who aren’t good enough to play at the highest level. Demoting McDonagh to Hartford will do nothing but waste his time. Garbage players like Eminger belong in Hartford. The NHL is now 18-30 with a few exceptions, get over it!!!!

  5. NikolaiNYR - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    I can’t see why they’d would be afraid of letting the kids get real experience on D instead of heading to the AHL.
    It’s worked out well for Staal, Girardi and DelZotto. McDonough looked great.
    For the forwards going down, Grachev and Zuccarello looked like they need a little more time. Zuccarello will get back to NY during the year, once he gets acclimated to the new rink size and making faster decisions. I’m on the fence with Stepan. He looks great offensively, but lost in his own end.
    He would have benefited from having Drury at camp.

  6. CGREGORY - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    why not send Drury down to the AHL, free up another $6mn and go get a thirty goal scorer. Last years output was pathetic, he is easily replaced!!

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