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Redden announces retirement

Jan 9, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

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Wade Redden has retired after 1,023 regular-season and 103 playoff games in the NHL, where he spent time with the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins.

“I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support. I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches and staff for all the great memories created throughout the years. To the fans, I appreciate all your support throughout my career,” said Redden. “Playing in the National Hockey League has been a dream come true and I feel very proud and privileged to have played more than 1,000 games in 14 NHL seasons.”

Redden had been hoping to keep playing, but the 36-year-old free-agent defenseman was ultimately unable to find a landing spot.

Related: Redden’s unusual journey to 1,000 games

  1. killerpgh - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    “And a special thank you to Glen Sather for personally allowing me to retire at 36 and since I never have to worry about money for the rest of his life.” – Wade Redden

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    I don’t understand what it is about NY. Stars go there to kill their careers. Is it the money or the limelight that does this? Rangers fans this isn’t a slam against your team. It just seems whenever they bag a headliner the player crashes and burns.

    • moarjam - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      I get what you’re saying but I don’t think it has anything to do with NYC and everything to do with Sather…

      Redden, Gomez, Drury, Holik, the list goes on and on. They were not bad players but they were given stupid money and expected to be stars and they just weren’t.

      • villi5ed - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Yup, Sather has been dreadful. But Neil Smith in the years right after 1994 also brought in one over-priced & done free agent dog after another. Val Kamensky, anyone? Brian Skrudland?

      • DED - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        All too true, villi5ed. I think that’s why so many Ranger fans embraced the youth movement that management took around the time of the 2004-05 lockout. Of course, that didn’t quite pan out as Sather couldn’t resist flashy FA signings.

      • govtminion - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        In Kamenski’s defense, he was awesome in Colorado- I grew up watching that Avs team of the ’90s and he was a huge part of that offense. It just wasn’t apparent at that point that he was a great player because of the talent with him, rather than in his own right.

        …Makes you wonder though, how different things could have been if Colorado hadn’t matched that huge contract for Joe Sakic back then.

    • villi5ed - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      All too fair a comment. Which makes Messier’s achievement there in ending the 54-year drought all the more remarkable. Nobody had even a tenth of the pressure that he came to NY with, and nobody delivered a tenth of what he did.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        Thats what I mean though. Messier was a legendary superstar before and after his arrival and delivered on a promise. Hell,I remember being in the City after they won the SC and Messier was spoken about like a god (rightfully so) around town. Drury, Redden, Gomez, Holik these guys were All-stars and no slouches in their own right which is why I’m always left scratching my head. I realize that much like Philly the expectations to win are always high in NY and we’ve also had our share of blunders (most notably Bryz). Just kinda hard to figure out how a team who has consistently put a great team on the ice have so many implosions of players who were marquee signings.

        Anyways, good luck to Wade Redden on his future.

        As an off topic side note the 1993-94 finals was one of the best series ever, especially when Richter (one of my all time favorite net minders and a good ole SE PA boy lol) stoned Bure on the penalty shot in Game 4.

    • storminator16 - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Redden always lacked foot speed, it was starting to catch up with him (no pun intended) near the end of his stay in Ottawa. There was also some rumors of some of stuff I won’t go into. With that said, no one would have gave Redden the contract Sather gave him. That was nuts.

  3. moarjam - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Good luck Redden.

    Classy guy. Really embraced his being sent down to the AHL and even became captain.

    I read an article that he would often pick up the dinner bill on the road for the AHL rookies who were making peanuts and even bought everyone on the team an ipad for xmas one year or something like that. Seemed like a good guy.

    • 950003cups - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Tax write off. With his salary, he needed a whole lot of them.

  4. xdj511 - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I don’t know, can he be a cautionary tale to good but not great athletes everywhere? If you are offered an outsize contract, do you take it? If there are doubts in your own mind about your ability to live up to it, do you sign on the dotted line? If you think that halfway into the deal the situation has become so toxic that you are buried in the minor leagues? When a new CBA is negotiated and a compliance buyout rule is mockingly called the “Redden rule” – when waiting until the end of the season isn’t enough and your team gets special compensation to buyout your contract immediately (him and Scotty Gomez, both Sather signings, yet they’re going to have to drag his stogie-chomping corpse out of his suite at the Garden) was it all worth it in the end?

    • stonebullet - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Take the money. No questions asked.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      There’s a question as to whether you should maximize your income?

    • 950003cups - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Why would you not take the money even if you think you wont live up to it? Only other option would be to take the same money in a smaller market to alleviate the pressures. Did Obama accept his presidency even though he knew he wasn’t worth the walk to the voting booth?

      • kaptaanamerica - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        exactly, take the money in a smaller market. but the guy should have some modicum of honour or pride. no one remembers his Ottawa years, just that he was a useless plug who got totally overpaid like that clown Kaberle… he could have tried at a minimum to be a professional and higher a power skating coach or some other skills trainers out of his own salary. take the profession seriously and bring something to the table…

  5. pensman29 - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Ya bro but get that fing money haha

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