Here’s my story in today’s paper “about Wade Redden’s slow start”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081203/SPORTS01/812030393/-1/SPORTS with the Rangers. Most telling was his response to my question about whether he’s feeling pressure to live up to his $39 million contract.
“Yeah to be honest with you, I do,” Redden said. “But at the same time, I tell myself to be the player I am. I can’t do anything different whether I’m making $1 million or $5 million, or what I’m making – $6.5 million. I’m still the same player and I’ve got to go and do as well as I can. I can’t let that reflect on how I see the game. … If that doesn’t measure for other people, I think at the end of the day, I have to look at myself and know I’ve given all I’ve got. That’s all I can ask.”
This all gets back to the question the other day about whether Redden plays with enough urgency. From where I sit, Redden looks like he could shift up a few gears. Tom Renney has countered by saying Redden’s intensity is masked by a passive facade.
The reality, as others have pointed out to me, is that this essentially is who Redden has been for several seasons. When things are clicking, he looks poised and in control. When they’re not, he looks like he’s coasting.
Needless to say, that’s not a reputation you want around MSG — especially when you’re eating up as much cap space as he is.