Update, 1:49 p.m.: The good news is I’m pretty sure — no, make that positive — that Wade Redden isn’t as bad as he’s been playing so far this preseason. The problem is that when you get off to a rocky start in a city where you’re only trying to make a positive impression, these things have a way of taking on a life of their own.
Not counting today, Redden has four more games to find his footing before the Rangers return to MSG for their home opener at Blackhawks. Here’s hoping he does. Otherwise he risks making Marek Malik look like a crowd favorite.
Earlier: One thing that escaped me yesterday when reporting the Rangers’ cuts is that four players, defensemen Maxim Kondratiev and Thomas Pock, and forwards Hugh Jessiman and P.A. Parenteau, have to go through waivers before they’re officially assigned to Hartford (they’re already training with the Pack). Since the cuts were made on Friday, they won’t clear until noon on Monday.
Of that group, I could see Parenteau, who led Hartford last year with 81, being snagged by another team. Another possibility is Pock, although the defenseman wasn’t picked up when exposed last year.
Obviously the fact that the Rangers risk losing these players says something about the team’s opinion of them.