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Wade Redden was on Macko and Cauz and spoke about his free agent contract and time with the Rangers:

  • On his July 1 with the Rangers, "It was a whirlwind, probably something I wasn't prepared for. It didn't end great but it was an exciting time and it was a big decision to make and there are a lot of things going on and to consider and it's a big day and it can become a bidding war and teams get caught up and it's a crazy day."
  • Did players help to recruit you, "I think, in my case, there were a few calls from teams with players that I knew. Most teams have something to offer and guys want a player. I don't know if it still happens anymore and I think guys have something in their head and I don't know if a cal from a team would sway them."
  • How much do personal decision influence it, "it all goes hand in hand and every player wants to win and be on a good team and organization. After that there are certain situations in peoples lives, maybe it's closer to family or home, guys need to weigh out what is more important and they make a decision based on that. Everyone wants to win and be on a good team and to try and pick a winner it's like shooting in the dark and a lot of variables go into it."
  • Can you trust the team being a good fit or do you go where you make the most cash, "cash is a big consideration and now I am done playing and very fortunate to have the money and that freedom because when you are done playing nothing else matters, you think about your family and what you need for the rest of your life and carry on and a lot of life left to live after hockey. If you can get the money, you want to be on a team that can win, but its also that security and freedom that comes with the money."
  • How uncomfortable is it in Ottawa, "I'm sure everyone wants it to be done with and move on and cut ties. When I was there we had such a core and we went to the Final and had great teams and it seems like everything has changed there now. He was a young guy when I was there and he was such a big part of it and now he will be gone. They are searching for a new identity and moving him is cleaning the slate completely."
  • On his situation, "It wasn't a comfortable time going through it and going to the minors and having to dealing with that but I approached it and tried to keep playing the game as I always did and I went to the minors and tried to enjoy it. I had to remind myself that I was still getting a big paycheck and I wanted to get back and another opportunity and after the lockout I did and I finally got to play my 1000th game. But at the end of the day no one is feeling sorry for me so I needed to suck it up and deal with it I guess."
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Bruins defenseman Wade Redden returned to practice today but said the is not yet ready to return to game action.

He was asked today, by Katie Strang of ESPN NY, about potentially playing against the Rangers and Redden said that he has turned the page on his history with the Rangers.

Redden added that things obviously didn't go great with the Rangers and that the buyout was the best thing for all parites.

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On January 17th, 2013 the New York Rangers bought out the final two years of Wade Redden's contract with a compliance buyout.

Redden's contract counted on the Rangers cap for this season but will not count on the Rangers cap for next season.

As a free agent, Redden signed with St. Louis and played in 23 games.

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Last night, Wade Redden scored his first NHL goal since March 18, 2010.

Redden has played 2 games for the Blues since being bought out by the Rangers and Andy Strickland of True Hockey says that John Tortorella texted Redden wishing him a congratulations on returning to the NHL.

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In an interview with The Score, Wade Redden was asked about why things with the Rangers didn't work after signing a six-year contract, that had a cap hit of $6.5 million per season, in July 2008.

Redden said that the pressure of a big contract caused him to feel as if he wasn't doing enough and needed to contribute more which took him away from the things that made him successful in the NHL.

He added, "It wasn?t a good fit from early on, and they made a decision to make changes. I lived with that. It wasn?t a good fit, things didn?t work out, and I?ve moved on. I?m done there now, and am happy to have moved on.?

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In a chat in the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline talked about how in 2008 the Columbus Blue Jackets were interested in Wade Redden and told him that money would not be an issue for them.

Redden ended up picking the Rangers and in response to being turned down, the next day the Blue Jackets, in search of defensemen, traded Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche to the Rangers for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.

Portzline writes "Of all the bad luck this club has experienced, that was a huge "WHEW!" moment."

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1:28PM: The Blues have announced that Wade Redden has agreed in principle to a one-year deal worth a pro-rated $800,000.

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6:45PM:? The Rangers have officially announced the buyout of Redden.

5:22PM: According to Katie Strang, the Rangers accelerated buyout of Wade Redden has been completed and Redden is now no longer part of the Rangers organization.

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According to Frank Seravalli in the Philly Daily News, Wade Redden is someone who the Flyers may have interest in as they look to add depth on defense.

He writes that some rumors have Redden and his agent targeting a pro-rated deal of $1.5-$2 million for the season.

Redden will be bought out today by the Rangers.

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12:32PM: In the Detroit Free Press, via KK, Helene St. James writes that the Red Wings have discussed the idea of bringing in Wade Redden.

Tom Renney is part of the Red Wings staff and he coached Redden with the Rangers in 2008-09 before being fired.

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3:30PM: Elliotte Friedman writes that one benefit to the Rangers for using their buyout now is that it opens up a spot on their reserve/50 contract list.

3:27PM: Brooks says that Boston, Toronto, Florida and Ottawa have expressed some interest in Redden

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10:21AM: Katie Strang tweets that Bill Daly says that the Rangers have been advised they are within their rights to prohibit Wade Redden from playing in the minors this season.

9:27PM: At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that the NHL and NHLPA are looking into a solution where both Redden and Gomez can continue their career, but come off the Rangers and Habs salary caps.

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2:47PM Larry Brooks tweets "Told that Gomez was shocked by Montreal decision to send him home with pay..."

11:47AM Bob McKenzie tweets "Scott Gomez was personally informed by MTL GM Marc Bergevin this morning at 7:30 am ET that Gomez's services no longer required iin MTL."

Scott Gomez has been told by Montreal not to report this season.

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8:10PM: Brooks says that the Rangers would only be willing to absorb part of the cap hit for THIS season and not next. He is unsure if that is allowed in the CBA.

8:06PM: Brooks says that the Rangers are willing to retain some portion of Redden's cap to make a trade but won't add in any prospects to sweeten the offer.

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8:04PM: Chad Kolarik of the Whale tweeted that he wants Redden to be sent to Hartford and join the Whale.

7:59PM: At TSN, Bob McKenzie says that the Rangers have three options for what to do with Wade Redden since he is a player that is "not remotely part of John Tortorella's plan."

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12:47PM: Craig Custance tweets that the Rangers are meeting with Wade Redden's agents today to help try and clarify his future.

12:28PM: According to Cap Geek, based on some new rules in the CBA, the Rangers will be charged with a cap hit of $5.6 million for Wade Redden even if he accepts a demotion to the Whale.

With Redden on the cap and without Michael Del Zotto signed, Cap Geek has the Rangers with $5.34 million in available cap space for this season.

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At ESPN.com, Craig Custance goes team by team and lists out the most likely candidate for each team to use their compliance buyout on.

Custance only thinks of seven candidates that could be cut but only lists two as "extremely likely." Those players are Wade Redden and Scott Gomez.

Custance lists no other possible candidates for the Rangers to use the amnesty on and says that Redden needs to go to make room for the contracts of Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that with some of the new rules and regulations that the NHL is proposing for the CBA will have big impact on how the Rangers construct their team.

Wade Redden's cap hit will stay with the team even if he is sent to the minors, which is all but certain to happen unless he is claimed on waivers, and will leave them around $5 million or so in the transitional cap to fill out the rest of the team.

Redden's cap hit will be $5.85 million, instead of $6.5 million, because the league proposal asks for? the cap hit to be the difference between the players cap hit and the proposed minimum salary of $625,000.

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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that if allowed the Rangers have all but guaranteed that they will use a buyout on Wade Redden.

Friedman says that it is hard to get a read on what will happen with amnesty buyouts but says that Gary Bettman is reportedly against doing anything that doesn't count against the salary cap.

He does say that there appears to be some interest in Redden and some teams think he can be a good value at a low salary number.

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Part of the NHL's proposal included a clause that when explained, states "We are proposing that the salaries of minor league Players on NHL contracts (above a threshold of $105,000) be counted against a Club's Cap. This provision is intended to prevent Clubs from "stashing" or assigning players to the minors (or any other professional league) for "Cap management" purposes. We are not proposing that any salary paid to minor league Players on NHL contracts be counted against the Players' Share."

At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes about how that rule, named by many as the Wade Redden rule, would impact the Rangers who would need to carry Redden's cap hit on their roster for the final two years of his contract.

The NHL offer provides teams one year to transition to a lower salary cap so Redden could be on the Rangers roster this year, the Rangers are currently at $62 million and still need to sign Michael Del Zotto.

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At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun caught up with Wade Redden who said that he has a "sour taste" in his mouth from how things with the Rangers turned out.

Redden said that he enjoyed his time in Hartford but that his goal is to return to the NHL.

He added that in the future he hopes that the new CBA will either make it harder to send players with big contracts down to the minors or to make it easier for teams to move those players and give them another chance to play in the NHL.

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In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that Wade Redden, who hasn't been a Ranger in two seasons, will be impacted by the lockout.

Garrioch writes "The New York Rangers defenceman, assigned to the club's AHL affiliate in Hartford in September 2010, is expected to be among those players blocked from going to training camp when the lockout takes effect Saturday at 11:59 p.m."

He adds "It'll be a money-saving move by the Rangers. Redden, 35, is scheduled to make $5 million this season with a salary-cap hit of $6.5 million on a deal that doesn't expire until the end of the 2013-14 season."

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According to Tim Wharnsby on Hockey Night in Canada, two teams looked into the idea of bringing in Wade Redden on re-entry waivers this season.

Wharnsby noted that Redden won't get paid next season if there is a lockout, but he and Elliotte Friedman say that the next CBA may have a clause in it that prevents players like Redden from being sent to the minors.

If, like there was in 2005, an amnesty clause where teams can buy out a player without salary cap ramifications, Redden is likely to be the Rangers choice.

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Update: 9:45PM:

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According to Bruce Berlet at Howlings, the reason why Wade Redden wasn't invited to training camp was because if he got injured his salary would count against the salary cap.

He also says that John Tortorella told him early in the summer that he didn't fit into the Rangers plans.

Redden says that he is more comfortable being in Hartford this season and just wants to be a leader:

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Bob McKenzie tweets that Wade Redden has been placed on waivers.

Redden was not invited t0 the Rangers training camp and instead was reporting to Hartford.

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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that the best chance for Wade Redden to return to the NHL will be with a possible amnesty buyout clause that may come with the new CBA.

The Rangers used the buy out clause to buy out the final two years of Bobby Holik's five-year deal worth $45 million.

After the 24% roll back Holik would have had a cap hit of $6.726 million.

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Update: 5:12PM: Bruce Berlet spoke with Redden who said that he wasn't surprised that he wasn't invited to training camp:

?I only talked to (Rangers coach John) Tortorella, and I didn?t seem to fit into their plans,? Redden said. ?But I hope to get another job in the NHL, so I?m going to work and play as hard as I can and hope for the best.?
He also said that Redden preferred to report to Hartford rather than try to play in Europe.

Update: 1:08PM: Andrew Gross says that the Rangers not expected to have any veteran tryout players at training camp.

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According to Arthur Staple in Newsday, Wade Redden plans to attend the Rangers training camp in September.

He spent all last season in Hartford with the Wolfpack/Whale after being sent down in September. He had a tremendous mustache there. More on Redden after he was sent down, here.

Redden still has three more seasons left on his contract worth $6.5 million per season.

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In the Daily News, Jesse Spector writes that even with the trend of teams taking on long-term contracts of high salaried players, the Rangers won't find someone to take the final three years of Wade Redden's contract.

I said a similar thing in a mailbag recently.

There is a difference between Wade Redden and Brian Campbell. Campbell can play over 22 minutes a night and run your powerplay, while Redden is a third pair defenseman who spent a year in Hartford because of his salary. Redden may have been a good influence on young players in Hartford, but he still won't bring any sort of value to his contract in the NHL. The Blackhawks were lucky that the GM who signed Campbell to his contract is now somewhere else and was in need of adding salary.

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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes about Dany Heatley and how the Sharks may be starting to grow frustrated with him.

He says that Heatley, like Wade Redden, didn't take conditioning seriously and it ended up catching up with him.

This sounds like something that Redden started when he was in Ottawa and came with him to the Rangers. Conditioning is the first thing that John Tortorella tests in training camp and he takes it very seriously. When you don't take care of your body and at a young age it's hard to catch up when you get older. The slower pace of the AHL may be perfect for where Redden is at now.

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At Newsday, Arthur Staple writes about Wade Redden and how he will return to the Rangers salary cap on July 1st.

Staple spoke to Redden's agent Don Meehan who said that he hadn't discussed retirement with his client.

Last week, Redden repeated that money isn't an issue for him.

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At Howlings, Bruce Berlet spoke with Wade Redden as the Whale had their break up day yesterday.

Redden said that he hasn't talked to his agent yet and that money isn't an issue to him.

He said nearly the same thing a month ago and two months ago.

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?I?ve kind of put my options on hold until after the season, but money isn?t an issue,? said Redden, who has played for Canada internationally seven times, winning two gold medals in the World Cups and one in the World Cup of Hockey. ?My focus now is to play well here because that?s the only thing under my control. I do feel more comfortable, and every shift this time of year is important. You have to play hard all the time, especially with our playoff lives on the line. You want to go out and play hard and play well.?
Redden to Bruce Berlet at Howlings

If money isn't an option for Redden, then I feel like he will void his contract and try to find another NHL job. It sounds crazy to think that he will walk away from that much money, but it's his last chance to try and play in the NHL. He has already made a lot of money in his career, so if he wants to try and play in the NHL again, he can take the chance.

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In the NY Daily News, Jesse Spector spoke to exiled defenseman Wade Redden who said that money isn't the most important thing and that refusing an assignment back to Hartford, which would give the Rangers a choice to void his contract, is an option.

Redden also spoke of his other options which include returning to Hartford or being loaded to Europe.

...I think this will happen but as Redden says in the article, it is a lot of money to walk away from. He has made half the money on his contract and that is more than enough for him to live on and if he were to do this, I think he could sign for $1-2 million somewhere else. The biggest reason I think this will happen is because of Redden's newborn daughter. Going to Europe doesn't seem ideal with that situation.

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The Blueshirts have about $41.1 million on the summer cap, including $6.5 million for Wade Redden but not including a nickel for Group II free agents Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Boyle, Artem Anisimov and Sauer, who likely will combine for $13-15 million.

That $41.1 million number also does not include Chris Drury, who will be in at $7.05 million if he remains on the roster, or $3.717 million if there's a June buyout.

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?He?s a great guy, a great player for that team down there,? McDonagh said. ?He?s toward the end of his career and to go through what he did, he could have a different attitude. But he has an incredible attitude, staying out late on the ice. I ask him a lot of questions. He?s probably sick of me. He?s helped me a lot. A lot of mental things, too.?
McDonagh to Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants

...Hopefully he can help Michael Del Zotto out as well. But this is great to hear on Redden. It will be interesting to see what happens with him for next season. I think it's close between working out a deal to play in Europe or not reporting to the Rangers, leaving the money on the table and taking a shot at returning to the NHL for less money. He has a young child now and that could play into the decision

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"Most of it is my doing," he said, digging into a grilled chicken breast over a salad. "The way I played wasn't what I needed it to be, I guess. I try not to pout about it. It's not ideal to come down here, but it can lead to something better. The challenge is to play well and get back."
Redden To Chris Stevenson of the Toronto Sun

Redden has been labeled a "pro" and a "teacher" so far in Hartford.

If Redden refuses to report when he is sent to Hartford next season, the Rangers can terminate his contract and let him be a free agent.

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, citing NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, if the Rangers send Wade Redden to Hartford next September and he refuses to report, the Rangers can terminate his contract and allow him to be a free agent.

...Wow. That will be something to watch for. Redden can still get his chance at the NHL next season if he refuses to report, which he should do. The issue of course being the money that he leaves on the table and which he will almost certainly never recover.

Redden would have three years and $16.5 million on his contract remaining.

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