"Change of Scenery Refreshes Redden"
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09-24-2008, 02:44 PM
Join Date: May 2008
I think Redden's been pretty damn good. I was at the Ottawa game (@MSG) and will be at the Lightning game tomorrow. Sure, Redden got caught a little flat footed on the Isbister goal, but it truly isn't the end of the world and yeah, Artyukhin made him look bad on the goal last night as well, but two mistakes hardly negates all of the positives that are already evident from bringing in Redden. He's a very steady presence, overall, to add to our defense; something that I feel we've been lacking for sure. He is great to have on the ice on the powerplay and will be a god-send in general when cycling the puck in the opponent's end.
Let's let the lines get settled for a while, see Redden with a different partner and see how much more effort he may (or may not) put in when the games actually mean something before we start roasting him over isolated incidents which, to be fair, have been the exceptions - not the rule - in his play. I think you'd be hard pressed to argue that Redden is undoubtedly giving 100%, and since we can be pretty sure that he isn't, I'm not about to poop a chicken over the fact that he made a couple of mistakes in the pre-season.
His overall play has been sound, solid and responsible and his contribution to the offense is pretty clear. He may not be on the board yet, but he will obviously provide more than a couple of things which we were hurting for last year. I have a good feeling about Redden in a Rangers uniform and I would suggest that it's best if the fans DON'T get all over his case early in the season (or in this case, before the season even begins...) if we're hoping that he has a comfortable transition and falls right into place by the end of the season's first month. If I start hearing fans boo whenever he touches the puck I might not be able to go to Rangers games this year.
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