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Wade Redden waits for contract, shoots down retirement talk

Sep 25, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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With more than 1,000 regular season NHL games under his belt, there would be no shame in retirement for Wade Redden, especially considering the tough market for free agents this summer. He insisted that he wants to play in 2013-14 to the Kelowna Daily Courier, though.

“I want to keep playing, for sure,” Redden said. “It’s hard to say what’s next after that; I’ve spun circles thinking about all that, so I’m trying not to think about it now.”

In the meantime, the 36-year-old is practicing with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, who are enjoying his presence to the point that rockets coach Ryan Huska described him as “one of the guys.”

As fun as that might be, there’s no denying that Redden would rather be rubbing elbows with NHL players instead.

  1. 950003cups - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Sign a league minimum at one year and see if he has any right to be among the best of the best. He made his money already. Rangers bought him out, so he’ll be getting checks for a few years.

    Hey Redden. Put your money where your mouth is. You think you still have it? Show them. Play for the bare minimum.

  2. amityvillefun - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Redden didn’t look bad when he played for Boston. I hope he lands a gig and keeps playing somewhere. The Bruins just have a lot of youth coming in on defense so Ference and Redden became a bit expendable.

  3. joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Give credit to this guy for hanging in there and persevering. It sometimes is easier to quit than to keep going. He made the best of a bad situation in NY. Kudos! Hope he finds a team, if not, then happiness in retirement and doing something he enjoys. Perhaps coaching…..

  4. stakex - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I’m sure there is a team out there looking for a cheap bottom pair defensemen if Redden was willing to take a minimum deal. His days of being a top pair player are long gone, but as a depth player he should still have some value.

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