I wouldn’t expect you to cry any tears for former Senators defenseman Wade Redden, but his saga has continued to be a story as the lockout has unfolded. If you haven’t followed the story since he left the Senators, here is the coles notes version:
- The New York Rangers signed the unrestricted free agent to a six year, $39M contract in the summer of 2008. The contract was ridiculed around hockey as it was widely thought that Redden had lost his edge and was no longer a premiere talent after struggling his last couple of seasons in Ottawa.
- Redden’s first two seasons in New York saw even more decline in his game than he had shown in Ottawa
- For the third season of his contract, Redden was assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL, where his $6.5M cap hit would be buried and not count against the Rangers NHL salary cap
- Many people expected Redden just to retire rather than ride the bus in the AHL, but to his credit, he took the demotion in stride (although the $23M left on the contract would tend to ease that pain)
- He was named captain of the Whale in March 2012.