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Rangers give Redden’s agent permission to talk to other teams

Jan 11, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

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Before the lockout, the New York Rangers were paying Wade Redden to play in the AHL so that they could avoid his $6.5 million annual cap hit. However, that dodge will no longer be available to them in the new CBA and Redden is signed through the 2013-14 campaign.

He put up great offensive numbers in the minors in 2010-11 and 2011-12, but the Rangers have no intention of giving him a chance to play with their squad. The Canadian blueliner won’t even be invited to training camp, according to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks.

Instead, Redden’s agent, Don Meehan, has been given the green light to talk to other teams about his client. While dealing the aging defenseman never seemed like a viable option in the past, they will be able to retain some of his cap hit and salary in a trade under the new CBA, which might be enough to convince some team to take a chance on him.

If that doesn’t work out, the Rangers will probably opt to use one of their amnesty buyouts on him over the summer.

Redden surpassed the 40-point mark four times with the Ottawa Senators during the prime of his career, but his tenure with the Rangers has been a disaster and he’s now far removed from his glory days.

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  1. stevedurbano - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    I’d like a bit more physical play from him, but he’d still fit in with the Blues. Come on….

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      I agree ! As long as the Rangers eat as much of it as they can ( I think 50% is the most they can ), I would have no problem with it . Besides, it can’t be any worse than what we had a couple of years back ( Brewer ) . Yeah, he is a good guy but, wasn’t that great for what we paid him . Maybe, he just couldn’t get past the pressure put on him having to replace Pronger .

    • bcsteele - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Sorry man. Avid Blues fan here, and while I’d agree with you…cap hit be damned, if the Rangers try to take any of our stocked up talent for this guy I’d say no. Other than that, we would be a good depth guy for our defense, especially in a shortened season.

      • jtrain1966 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        I totally agree with you . They’d be high if they started asking for a pretty good prospects !

  2. ianlozada - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I’m sure the Islanders will need some help to make the cap floor…

    • soj83 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Every team is above the cap floor right now according to capgeek. The floor is 44 million. The Islanders have the second lowest cap total at 50.2 million…about 80 thousand more than the Coyotes. Their payroll is 41.3 million, but the cap total is over the floor.

  3. sportsfan69 - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Is this Erik Cole? Oh no, it’s Wade Redden, who’s determined to take money that he really didn’t earn through real hard work and dedication. He’s really famous now, he called “The Wade Redden Clause.” Or better yet, “Dead Weight”

    • Jaja.. - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Thats a very short view of the situation. – even i don’t know 100% what happened with this guy but i thought he just signed a nice big contract like most players do when they have near 40+ point seasons as a defenseman.
      Nothing wrong with that, GM’s are willing to give players that kinda money.

      After that he didn’t make the 30 points in the first 2 seasons of his contract and then got kicked-down to the AHL because the Rangers could use his Capspace for other scoring players like Gaborik and they had Chris Drury also in that time if i’m not mistaken.
      There are more players who are in that situation where they’re not playing for the money they earn. Rick DiPietro? , Sean Avery 4.2M, Scott Gomez, … i think almost every team has a few players who are getting paid more than they preform on the ice.

      Btw, if the Rangers trade him they can split the salary-/CAP in the new trade system so it’s easier for teams to trade those kinda players. Just look what happen right now, they deal him to some other team, get stuck with still a a few million of his contract while Redden will just play like a top 4 D-man. The Rangers just haven’t used him in those years because they couldn’t handle his contract on the Cap.
      He’s def. better than the number 4, 5 and 6 the Rangers have right now.

      I hope this Redden gets a new team where he can show he can still play NHL games. Dropping a player in the AHL isn’t good for anybody.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      I’d bet that he’d play for half that salary just to be back in the NHL

  4. sampulls - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    hockeyflow33….I bet your wrong!

  5. newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    I bet Redden would do anything to be rid of the stench of the third rate Rags. This is why players demand front-loaded money like Drury, Gomez, Richards to go play for that laughingstock franchise. They got paid and then they got rid of them and Richards time will come based on how mediocre he was last year. To throw Redden in the AHL to hide his money then play it so cheap they kept out of the AHL during the lockout was brutally unfair to Redden.

    • stakex - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      An Islanders fan calling the Rangers a “laughingstock franchise”? Thats a funny one. Rangers came within two games of playing for the cup last year…. what did the Islanders do? Oh yeah, they missed the playoffs for the 5th year in a row.

      I won’t argue that the Rangers haven’t made some awful financial moves over the years, but hey… they have the money so they spend it. The Islanders struggled to make the cap floor every year. That makes a team far more a third rate franchise then one that has ample money and spends it poorly.

      • newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Cablevision had money, the Rags lose money. The Rags missed the playoffs eight years in a row with one bought Edmonton cup since 1940 and are run by Dolan and Sather clown show. The Rags play a trap or dive on their knees and crawled to elimination in front of an overstuffed 10-10 goalie who was outplayed by another Cap rookie and Brodeur wearing half his equipment.

  6. cshearing - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Sure, they’ll buy him out next summer, but what do they do this season? His salary now counts, even if he is in the minors. The Rangers nearly have the cap room, but MDZ is still an RFA. Something needs to give here, and no easy solution springs to mind.

    • stakex - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      No solution is needed. With Redden’s cap hit, the Rangers are at $64,858,334 in cap spending… which leaves them $5,341,666 in cap space for the season. With Del Zotto asking for $3 million, and the Rangers offering $2.4 million they have plenty of cap space for him. Also, Sauer’s $1.25 million will come off the books once hes placed on IR… giving them even more cap space, and at least one of their forwards will be sent down at the start of the seas (probably Haley), freeing up at least $600k more. Their cap situation is fine for this season.

      Next year they might have some issues with the cap being $64.3 million and Stepan, McDonagh, and Hagelin (and perhaps Sauer, if his career isn’t over) needing new deals… but they can worry about that in the summer.

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