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Some may laugh at that title, but there is a slim chance that Wade Redden may wind up back with the Rangers should the Blueshirts be unlucky on the injury front. The Rangers have six defensemen signed, not including Michael Del Zotto or Matt Gilroy (also not including Mike Sauer, who is done for the year). Down in Connecticut, the Rangers have three players that could be used as a call up: Sean Collins, Logan Pyett, and Redden.
Now let’s just be direct and say that this is a very slim possibility. The Rangers would have to suffer a large amount of injuries to their blue line before Redden even becomes a possibility. It’s safe to assume the Rangers would have to burn through their current NHL reserves in Gilroy, Steve Eminger, and Stu Eminger before they begin calling players up. It would take three injuries for the Rangers to require a call up.
Once the Rangers require a call up, it is most likely that Collins or Pyett would be the first call up. They are cheaper than Redden, in the sense that Redden’s full $6.5 million cap hit isn’t with the Rangers when he is in the AHL. Only $5.6 million counts against the cap ($900,000 does not count per the new CBA). For all intents and purposes, Redden comes with a $900,000 cap hit this season, while Pyett and Collins come with just $600,000 cap hits.
Of course, there is always the possibility that these two aren’t available due to their own injuries in the AHL. It’s not exactly impossible, but it’s not exactly probable either.
The organization as a whole would need a perfect storm of injuries for Redden to be a real possibility. By the count in this post, they would need both Pyett and Collins to be injured in the AHL, and then need three additional injuries at the NHL level. This of course does not account for any possible free agents that the organization may sign as a result of these injuries.
Three injuries at the NHL level is very possible, as the Rangers went through that last year. The Rangers, already without Marc Staal, lost Mike Sauer, Steve Eminger, and Jeff Woywitka in the span of two weeks in December. It is the reason why Stu Bickel is now with the Rangers.
Even though more than 85% of Redden’s salary is on the books for the Rangers this year, it would take an astronomical situation for the Rangers to actually dress Redden for an NHL game. Should the injuries mount, it’s more likely that the Rangers would go the free agent route than call up Redden.
BEST OF MAXIM
So long Wade.
One day after we discussed how Wade Redden might need to be an emergency call up if the injuries mount, Larry Brooks noted that the Rangers will ask Redden to sit the season out:
It appears Wade Redden will sit out the season at home at the Rangers’ request in order to ensure he does not get hurt and thus jeopardize the planned postseason compliance buyout of the...
The New York Rangers have given permission to Wade Redden's agent to talk to other NHL teams to try to arrange a trade, the New York Post's Larry Brooks reported. Redden, a defenseman, has two years remaining on a six-year, $39 million deal, but he spent the past two seasons in the minors and is not in the Rangers' plans. He will not be invited to the Rangers'...
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Rangers have given Wade Redden permission to speak with other NHL teams about a possible trade.
Under the new CBA, teams can retain some (up to 50%) of the player's salary/cap they are trading. Brooks thinks this might be an option the Rangers use to entice a team into a trade for Redden, who has another year left on his...
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One point of the new CBA that negatively affects the Rangers is the new “Luongo Rule.” This rule was designed to punish teams that circumvented the last CBA and signed players to back-diving deals. The Rangers have one of these deals in Brad Richards, who made $12 million in his two years of his nine-year deal, and sees his salary drop to $1 million...
Big decision looming for MDZ
Michael Del Zotto needs to be very conscious of how the next few days play out. How the young blueliner deals with the contract situation and the start of the upcoming abbreviated season is – to an extent – a crossroad in his young Rangers career.
The Rangers fan base can be an unforgiving one. When the crowd turns on you, the Garden can be a tough...
Bret Cyrgalis at the New York Post reports that during his first day back with his Rangers teammates, Chris Kreider took a puck to the face necessitating three or four stitches.
Apparently, during a 3-on-1 drill, he just missed taking a pass and lunged forward, and the puck deflected off the stick of Anton Stralman sending it quickly into his upper lip.
Here's the damage...
On Tuesday, Cosmopolitan released their 2013 list of hottest hockey players. Apparently, the way they decided to create the list was to have their readers nominate a hottie from each team.
So, the Rangers representative is obviously Henrik Lundqvist...right? I mean you can't have a hottest hockey player list and not include Hank. Right? I guess you can, as teammate Brian...
Does Kreider deserve to make the opening night roster?
I’m writing a musings article. That can only mean one thing: the lockout is over. Who else thought the Gary Bettman ‘apology’ fell on deaf ears? Show of hands? Thought so. On to the musings.
TSN had an article earlier this week titled: “Leafs stand to benefit from new CBA”. Of course, this is presumptive from TSN. When...
With Larry Brooks at the New York Post reporting that the Rangers are scheduled to take physicals Sunday morning, then be on the ice by early afternoon if the necessary CBA paperwork is completed, Steve Zipay at Newsday feels there's a chance Michael Del Zotto might not be signed in time for the start of training camp.
Here's Del Zotto...
"We started talking...
It only took five months, but Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik finally practiced on a line together during informals today.
Here's Nash on playing with his new teammates...
“It’s fun to play with them, it seems like they always find you. We’ve got to make sure we get some chemistry quick. We’ve got to figure...
Get ready for hockey.
According to a source of The Boston Globe, the Bruins will open their abbreviated 48-game post-lockout season Jan. 19 against the New York Rangers at the TD Garden. The game is said to be a 7 p.m. start, although that had not been confirmed.
Since after that point the Celtics do not have another home game scheduled until Jan. 24, a Jan. 21 game against the Maple...
Brendan Leipsic (Kelvin Harrison)
OK the reason was to get a look at Brenden Kichton (NYI 2011 5th) but that I got to watch a machine like effort out of the Portland Winterhawks that was the flavor of icing that your mom used to spread on a cake. Seriously as I watched the Winterhawks rally from down 2-1 for a 5-2 win; I could see John Tortorella just jumping for joy at the effort...
Marek Hrivik, who many speculated would get a long look at camp (well, under normal camp) is out with a concussion. This could be one of the reasons why Hrivik may not be invited to the Rangers mini-camp this year. However with camps set to occur during the AHL season, and lasting only a week, it is unlikely that the Rangers would call up the majority of Connecticut’s roster. Chris...
A few random comments for ya'll on this wonderful, cold Friday:
- The Michael Del Zotto rumor I mentioned yesterday...People covering the Rangers are reporting the team is attempting to negotiate a new deal with Del Zotto over the next 48 hours. It's not all bad news, Oilers fans. I'm not sure Del Zotto is the solution we're looking for. I'm not saying he&...
Bergen Record - NHL lockout gave Rangers' Marian Gaborik time to heal shoulder injury
Bergen Record - Gross: Will NHL season be short on quality?
New York Post - After the lockout, Gaborik has health & high expectations
New York Times - Owners Give Approval and Offer an Apology
Newsday - Kreider knows he still must earn a roster spot
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