Everybody knows Wade Redden’s situation. He had a tough exit interview with John Tortorella last spring, and his contract is the obvious one that can be dumped to Hartford in order to get the Rangers under the salary cap before the season.
I asked Redden how he can keep the speculation about the Rangers dumping his contract to Hartford from swirling around his head.
“That’s another challenge to kind of leave that to the side. There’s nothing that can be done about that right now. It doesn’t help to dwell on those things, I don’t think. They’re going to make the best decision they feel is for the team, and I want it to be with me on the first lineup of the year. That remains to be seen. Obviously a lot of things can happen between now and then.”
“Obviously I’ve got to come in and play and play well and show that I belong. I think in talking after the season last year (with Tortorella), they have decisions to make, so I’ve just got to come in and do what I can do, and that’s really all I’m focusing on.”
On the exit interview with Torts last season.
“The way it was, I know there’s a lot of D-men in camp, obviously, and last year we had a pretty solid six, too, with some young guys coming in. So obviously they have some choices to make and that’s out of my hands. What I’ve got to do is just feel good abouyt myself, feel good about what I’m doing out there, and those things will take care of themselves.”
“I don’t want to go back and dwell on the past. I want to come here with a clear mind and that was the focus all year—come in fresh, try to have some fun, come to camp ready to go.”
On whether he agreed with the assessment of the coach on his play last year:
“I’m not really going to go back to last year. That really doesn’t help anything. We’re taking it a day at a time right now. There’s lots of guys in camp and lots of decisions to be made.”
On if he thinks there’s a job for him here:
“That’s what they told me. That’s how I’m approaching it. I played in this league for a long time, so like I said, I have to do what I do best and not worry about anything else.”
He came to area a couple of weeks ago, and began skating, partly because his wife is expecting a baby soon so they wanted to get settled. But has been around the rink for two weeks.