The first night of Life after Redden begins tonight with this forewarning from me:
And I’ve said this about the captain, and I’ll say this about Michal Rozsival, and others. If the contract hadn’t been so obscene, we probably wouldn’t look at Wade Redden this way.
If it wasn’t so out-of-whack, this wouldn’t be necessary. I don’t honestly believe the Rangers have six better defensemen than Wade Redden, or at least not much better. If he was making $2.5M per, he’d make the team and play a lot, if not every night.
That said, it’s good and right that he’s been expunged, because he stunk a lot of nights during his ill-fated, never-should-have-happened Rangers tenure. And we all knew it was wrong right from the start, didn’t we? A lot of his stinking was from his own lack of effort or care, too.
PS, I love all those people who said they’d never do this, when anybody with half a brain (and that includes me, I guess) knew they would. You think eating that money makes MSG suits blink? Have you even heard of the Knicks?
Tonight’s lineup vs. Devils, per Andrew Gross:
Ruslan Fedotenko-Todd White-Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery-Tim Kennedy-Jeremy Williams
Dane Byers-Artem Anisimov-Evgeny Grachev
Derek Boogaard-Kris Newbury-Dale Weise
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Garnet Exelby-Matt Gilroy
Alexei Semenov-Pavel Valentenko
Henrik Lundqvist, Chad Johnson
So we’re definitely looking at some fireworks, with Boogaard getting another shot at LeBlond, who declined the fight him Thursday, and with Avery making his debut needing to also make an impression, and the Devils dressing Clarkson. We can only hope.