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10-14-2009, 12:43 PM
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Trxjw
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He's been much better. Sure, I think some of it is attributed to the new system, as well as the conditioning, but I think a lot of it is Redden trying to raise his own stock in the eyes of the fans.

He's spent the better part of the last 3 years getting booed by fans in two different cities after being labeled as a #1 d-man for years. I think he's tired of it, as he should be. You can see it in the way he handles himself on the ice, and off the ice in interviews. He wants to shut people up.

His slow speed backing up was exposed after the lockout when the clutch and grab era died off. I said that quite a few times last year. He's playing competent hockey on both sides of the puck, and contract aside, that's really all you can ask from the guy after last season's struggles.

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