Redden bought out


Here’s the official word from the NYR:


NEW YORK, January 17, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has bought out the contract of defenseman Wade Redden.

Redden, 35, registered five goals and 35 assists for 40 points, along with 78 penalty minutes in 156 regular season games over two seasons with the Rangers. In addition, Redden tallied two assists in seven playoff contests with the Rangers.

Signed by the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2008, Redden has skated the last two seasons with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 12 goals and 50 assists for 62 points in 119 games. He was named team captain on March 3, 2012.

The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan native has skated in 994 career regular season contests with the Rangers and Ottawa Senators, registering 106 goals and 344 assists for 450 points, along with a plus-162 rating and 654 penalty minutes. Redden is a two-time NHL All-Star (2002 and 2004) and former NHL plus/minus award winner (2006, tie), and has surpassed the 30-point mark in nine of his 13 NHL seasons.

Redden was originally selected by the New York Islanders with the second overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.


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  1. Cross Check Charlie on

    He might be a serviceable 6th or 7th dman, but he sure wasn’t worth 5 mill per year.

  2. CCCP – That was the real me earlier! Is that the real you in my league? Draft tonight in 1 1/2 hours. Still two spaces to fill, or we could just go with 10 teams. ID 54580, password torts on Yahoo.

  3. huge long term signings almost never payoff in any sport. add a guy over 30 and the chance of success is real low.

  4. who the ranger fans will rag on, no idea but sure they will pick out 1 or 2. i think rupp is a candidate especially if he does not drop the gloves as much as his job entails….

  5. Never posted before. Read the blog every day, first thing. Remember the first game I saw at the Garden in 1972. Still have a signed Walt Tkaczuk card on my desk. Became a NYR fan that day and listened to them on the radio whenever I could and on channel 9 when I was allowed. Now my kids are huge NYR fans and my youngest plays hockey because I took him to his first NYR game in 2007. When I was a kid, I loved watching Eddie Giacomin, Rod Gilbert, Brad Park (the original NYR offensive defenseman who wore #2), Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield and Steve Vickers, among others. I don’t know if you remember that far back, but Glen Sather was on that ’72-’73 squad. Thanks, Carp for the updates and insights and for giving all of us a place to get our NYR fix.

  6. SufferingSince79 on

    Erixon sent to minors for Blue Jackets. Would he be on NYRS roster if he was still here?

  7. LOL! Not yet, Eric…

    So long, Redds…Thanks for teaching our young d-men in CT, like McDonagh, how to be professionals!

    I really wonder where this cat ends up…

  8. Any body know who had the worst plus minus on the Rangers last year . #24 wow.They are talking about selke trophy for him this tear. I do think you might just like the line of Boyle Pyatt and Kreider this year , Kreider is the small guy

  9. That Gaborik shot this morning, top-shelf off Hank was jaw-dropping!

    McDonagh carrying the puck deep in the offensive zone at times looks like a bigger Leetch… just sayin’!!


  10. ranger17, once again proving my theory that plus/minus is the worst stat in hockey. and second only to WAR in sports.

  11. No? I thought we had a strict *no* e-mail policy as per ilb?

    But really, I didn’t get it. Am I in trouble?

  12. E3 pimp's angel on

    NYRsince72 – ahhhhh the golden years. I loved those early 70’s rangers….rangers win game 3, April 11, 1975 it might have lasted a few more years. I am Eddie Eddie Eddie and I am sure you know to whom I refer :)

  13. Carp, do you think like everyone else that this is a condensed season with more games in less time? I don’t look at it that way… This season is 48 games in 99 days! But in the Rangers last season schedule they actually played 47 games in the final 99 days of the regular season… With the extension of over two weeks before the playoffs begin, it’s really just like it usually is… Anyone else then feel like they should stop saying its different because its more games in less time… It really isn’t.

    Once again, I need the games to start, gonna go watch TV now ; )


  14. Tim Wharnsby @WharnsbyCBC

    Fans began lining up at 6 am in frigid -20 C temps for free tickets, hot dogs, chips & pop. A nice touch Habs met fans entering Bell Centre.



  15. William, I didn’t know that. If you’re right, and I’m not suggesting you aren’t, then we’re all fools. Especially me.

  16. Also, in final 99 days last year they had 8 back-to-backs, this year only 6! I think this team can do very well in this short season! If they stay healthy, no reason to think they can’t get back to conference finals or further!


  17. Matty"Nash Rules"Boy on

    I tell ya. They have the Rangers practice replay on MSG right now. Seriously, gotta be psyched. They have some serious players at this point. Nash is freaking big. Really big. Good size on this team. No more surfs.

    Drop the puck. Just drop it.

  18. Ok… I double-checked and forgot last year was Leap Year… so it was actually 46 games… but they did play 47 in 100 days… so the principal is the same.

    I like their chances!


  19. Speed too, Matty. Speed to burn. Gotta be one of the biggest, fastest, youngest teams in the NHL except for the fourth line.

  20. Awesome points, William. Thanks for that. Never saw it that way. I just have been referring to this season as the mini-cup and I keep hearing people say the “Sprint for the Cup” but when the schedule went up it didn’t look _crazy_ but I just assumed it was.

    I guess I am a sucker.

  21. Carp, I love you like the guy who I like who runs a blog I like, but “I hate WAR because I don’t understand WAR / WAR doesn’t confirm my opinions” is just weak. Erik Christensen against the boards weak.

  22. OK, Mister D … tell me how it’s calculated and I’ll try and have an open mind.

    Tell me how they determine wins above replacement. and whether that’s just what they call it, or if they actually think any stat in the world can determine actual, you know, victories. because if somebody can’t tell me exactly how, and somebody’s telling me that player A is worth X amount of wins, I’m not buying.

  23. If you’re serious about wanting to see how it all works, here’s the best primer:

    If you’re not serious, I’d totally understand because to really grasp WAR and wOBA and most other advanced statistics, you have to both care way too much about stats and also have a relatively solid mathematical background. That’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but your comment above reeked of someone dismissing something they either don’t care to understand or simply don’t understand. That’s not fair. And regardless of what the actual basis for the comment is, I’d challenge you this: The top 5 hitters all-time in fWAR are Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron. Find me another hitting stat that has a top 5 as good or better than those 5.

  24. I’ll be fair and honest. I totally dismiss it because the name suggests to me that there might be an equation that determines victories, which I find silly.

    If you’re telling me, instead, there’s a stat that actually determines who the best ballplayers are — as your list above suggests — I’m listening. But I probably won’t get the math.

  25. Never posted here. Read when I find the time. WAR is like any advanced statistic. It requires someone with an advanced and open mind to grasp. It is not for everyone.

  26. Welcome, Thom.

    I just read the first paragraph of that link and it suggests to me that this stat suggests it could be determined how many wins a player is worth. That I dismiss.

    And will repeat, for effect, thatMelky Cabrera was either first or second in WAR when he was suspended, and his replacement won the World Series.

  27. Right, its a statistical calculation of runs contributed/prevented converted to “wins” the same way ERA converts runs allowed to 9 inning games; its just an easier baseline to understand and compare players off. Which isn’t to say the concept of a quantitative win is created out of thin air, there is a ton of background research on how many runs (~10) it takes to up a team’s win total by one, its just not intended to be literal. So if Tim Raines added 7.2 runs to Montreal in 1985, it doesn’t mean Montreal goes from an 84 win team to a 76.8 win team without him. More accurately, it means Raines’ presence on that team makes them, give or take, 3 wins better than having Tony Gwynn (4.3 fWAR in 1985) would have.

    (And yes, that example was both factual and completely intentional. And simplified, as it would take a very, very long time to elaborate on how the offensive and defensive runs/wins are calculated on how they’re adjusted for park, league and position. Hence the link before.)

  28. Two quick things on the Melky example. First, that’s not correct, he wasn’t 1st or 2nd. Both Braun and Posey finished 3+ wins higher than Melky’s 4.6, a margin greater than what can be made up in the 1/4 of a season Melky missed. Second, a team can still win despite losing a valuable player because competent players are used to replace them, not street free agents. To make a hockey analogy, bringing in Kreider last year wasn’t bringing in a replacement level player, he was a controlled player who every team in the NHL would have signed if allowed. A replacement level player is the Rangers desperately signing washed up Jonathan Cheechoo or someone like that who is literally available to all other teams. So because San Fran didn’t replace Melky off the streets, but rather with a competent MLB replacement (Hunter Pence), their winning the WS doesn’t really tie in. Teams win without valuable players all the time; that Boston still won without Horton doesn’t mean Horton wasn’t valuable, it just means Boston was good enough to overcome that loss.

  29. SufferingSince79 on

    Belated thanks Carp. Posted a bit last year. Love the site. Former NY resident & season ticket holder. Sat behind Bill Walton during game 7 in 94. Re-loed to Chicago 5 years ago. Converted the wife to NYRS fan & Lundqvist groupie (that was her idea). Can’t wait for Saturday. Drop the puck already!

  30. Stranger Nation on

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz – enough with the Rounders talk – As a Mets fan, I no longer follow pro baseball, just amatuer bush league freddie and jr show in flushing

    whats next – discussing A-roids surgery and how he can go on another roid cycle as part of rehab

    could Wade be another Schneider with 5 very good years in motown after a ho hum Ranger stint. ho hum may be the understatement. that signing reminded me of Bruce Driver, mr poke check

  31. SufferingSince79 on

    Watched 24/7 again to get ready for the season & kept thinking about the Briere vs. Drury debate back in 2006. 267 pts in 330 games for DB vs. 151 in 264 for CD regular season. 72 in 69 vs. 8 in 21 playoffs. Kept thinking Slats got the better of the two Buffalonians. Guess “he chose poorly”.

  32. Olga Folkyerself on

    Ahh, It’s the end of The Sather Era… I had saved this for the upcoming season. Still, it’s a lovely sentiment…

    (Sung to the Eagle’s Hotel California )

    In a dark Garden hallway, hadn’t scored yet this year
    Warm smell of defeat was rising up through the air
    Up ahead- Sather’s Office, I saw a withering sight
    My contract was heavy and my stats grew dim
    I was benched for the night
    As he stood in the doorway
    I heard Sather yell
    I was thinking to myself
    this could be heaven or this could be hell
    Then he gave me a ticket, and he showed me the way
    I had too big a contract,
    I thought I heard him say…

    Welcome to Hartford (Can’t Afford Ya)
    Such a lovely place
    Such a lovely place
    Plenty of room at Hartford (Can’t Afford Ya)
    Any time of year, we can find you there

    My agent’s definitely twisted, he sold my Mercedes Benz
    He’s got a lot of pretty prospects, that he calls friends
    How they stay in the minors, no call-ups yet.
    Some play to remember, some play to forget

    So I called up the captain,
    ”I can score a lot more…”
    He said, ’we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen ninety four’
    And Sather’s voice is still calling from far away,
    Wake you up in the middle of the night
    Just to hear him say…

    Welcome to Hartford (Can’t Afford Ya)
    Such a lovely place
    Such a lovely place
    we’re livin’ it up at Hartford (Can’t Afford Ya)
    What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

    I signed a big contract,
    Ended up on Hartford ice
    Redden said ’we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
    And in Sather’s Office,
    They gathered for the feast
    They slash the Cap with their steely knives,
    But they just can’t kill the beast

    Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the NHL once more
    ’Relax,’ said Gernander,
    We are programmed to receive.
    You can checkout any time you like,
    But you can never leave!

  33. Olga Folkyerself on

    Trip Eddie! I survived the lockout. Good to see you made it too. The family will be back in strength before long.

  34. Tick me Carp, can I have the list of all the e-mail buddies (monikers) you have? Obviously the answer is “NO”. How can you run a blog like this? The sicillian invaders rule….

  35. Redden gone Gomez finally off the Canadians books but who do you have to blame for taking a 7 or 8th Dman and a B forward and making them the greatest thing since refrigerated ice with long overpaid contracts..
    Someone commented on Sather being a Ranger in the 70’s yes I remember that weel. I also remember how many times he was hit in the head with un diagnosed concussive incidents. Having met the big old now fat tired slugg you can see the dead brain cells just looking into his eyes. Sather although finally smarting up a speck or now the League rulling out his stupid deals is still one of the most warn out and outright stupid GM’s to ever enter the business side of Hockey. Bring on Mess Sather is onlu clogging toilets at MSG.

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