Wade Redden recently sat down with Dave Cunning at Backhand Shelf after signing a contract with the St. Louis Blues marking his return to the NHL and discussed what went wrong with the Rangers...
âI went in there on a big contract. I think maybe making that money there and being the player I amâŚ I felt like the first little while, things were going pretty good, and then they kind of fell off. I felt like I wasnât doing enough, and like I should have been doing more. Once I started feeling that way, I think I just got away from the things that made me successful. Things just kind of snowballed from there. It wasnât a good fit from early on, and they made a decision to make changes. I lived with that. It wasnât a good fit, things didnât work out, and Iâve moved on. Iâm done there now, and am happy to have moved on.â
...while it's not Redden's fault he was offered that money, once he signs that contract he's accepting all the responsibilies that go along with it. I give him all the credit in the world for taking his demotion to the AHL like a man, but excuse me if I don't feel too bad for a guy who's made $6.5 million per the last four years and will now collect $8.33 million over the next three years from the Rangers as part of his buyout. Oh yeah and the Blues will be paying him $800,000 this year.
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