After being asked if there’s any chance the Rangers use Wade Redden on the big club, Adam Proteau at The Hockey News gives this answer…
“Even if Redden turned his game around, the Rangers’ blueline is fairly stacked as it is. Are you going to play him as a fifth or sixth D-man at that cost? No, you are not. Redden has two seasons to go with a $6.5-million cap hit and, barring a miracle, he’s not going to see NHL ice again until that contract expires.”
…i’m usually not a big Proteau fan, but he’s 100% correct here. Why in the world would the Rangers add his $6.5 million to the cap, if he’s going to be nothing more than a 6th defenseman? And who does he replace? Stralman? No thanks.
…unless the Rangers plan on using him in the event they don’t re-sign Del Zotto. I kid, I kid.
…Redden has actually proved his worth down in Hartford as he has been given credit for helping develop a number of the Rangers young defensemen including McDonagh, Del Zotto and Bickel.