But before we get to all of that, a couple of things about our usual gamenight madness.
We are going to do the volunteer Three Rangers Stars thing again this year. So if you are interested in doing a game, or games, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will assign you a game, then that night you pick the stars to be included in my game wrapup. We had a lot of fun with it last year.
And we’re going to try something new … a separate polling post we will put up during the game in which everybody can vote for the Three Rangers Stars and we will tabulate the votes and come up with a consensus Three Stars selection. Some high-tech stuff here, folks.
Also, while I will be on the game thread with you in the comments, I will also be tweeting during games. No, I will not be doing the play by play. Not a chance. But I will be on there with news, comments, etc., so please follow me at @RangersReport … and tell everybody about that and about this blog.
I may also post, between now and Saturday, a thread where I’ll ask you do to your predictions for the season. I’ll start with mine.
Here’s today’s notebook:
UPDATE: The paperwork between the Rangers, Wade Redden and his agent, Don Meehan, was completed this evening, making his buyout official. He is thus an unrestricted free agent, and he reportedly has some options from teams with which he can resume his NHL career.
By Rick Carpiniello
GREENBURGH – Wade Redden’s time as a Ranger is about to end. Redden cleared waivers at noon Thursday, which will now allow the Rangers and Redden to arrange a buyout of his contract, a process that could have wrapped up Thursday night, but surely will by Saturday’s deadline.
The Rangers will be hit with the full salary cap hit for Redden’s contract this season, but next year he comes off the books as one of two compliance buyouts the new CBA affords each team to help them get in line with the lower salary cap. The Rangers’ other compliance buyout can be used next off-season, or the following off-season.
Redden, 35, will become an unrestricted free agent once bought out, and with the Rangers’ money in his pocket, can sign with any team for a much lower amount.
NOTES: Brad Richards skated with the team and said he’s much better after missing three days with the flu early in the week. … The Rangers worked on power plays, and the No. 1 unit had Richards and Michael Del Zotto on the points, Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan up front. Callahan was the center on that line, and said he has taken faceoffs during his career, and that he’s not uncomfortable doing that. … Brandon Segal practiced with the team and will play Saturday in place of Arron Asham, who has one game remaining on a suspension from the playoffs. Coach John Tortorella said he saw Segal eight or nine times in Hartford during the lockout, liked the way he played along the wall, and the way he stuck up for a teammate with a fight in one of the games. Tortorella said he hopes Segal will be one of the team’s “depth guys” though that likely means as a callup. Segal is expected to go back to Connecticut after Saturday’s game. He will need to clear waivers to go back down.