NHLPA Reviewing Redden Situation, Possible Buyout This Year (Updated)

Update, 2:30 p.m.:

Larry Brooks at the NY Post says the likely scenario is that the Rangers can buyout Redden this season, but would keep the cap hit this season even if he signs with another team. Redden would not count against the Rangers cap next season.

…while this makes sense, you have to wonder if this just opened up a can of worms. See Flyers/Bryzgalov and Canucks/Luongo.

Original Post:

Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the NHLPA is reviewing the developing situation between Wade Redden and Rangers in which the Blueshirts will sit the veteran defenseman for the remainder of the season to ensure he is not injured and jeopardize their ability to buy him out this summer.

The Rangers have also been in contact with the league. The Canadiens have deployed the same strategy with Scott Gomez.

Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com hopes that common sense prevails and the NHL and NHLPA come to some sort of side agreement that deals specifically with Gomez and Redden which allows each player to continue their NHL careers but still allow the Habs and Rangers to get out of their cap issue with both players next season.

…only way to rectify this situation is to allow both players to be bought out this season. I really don't feel bad for either player. They're still both being paid a tremendous amount of money and only have each other to blame for their poor play. I seriously doubt they actually think their teams are doing them wrong right now.

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