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12-21-2009, 07:34 AM
eco's bones
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To me Redden has been quite a bit better than last year. Having said that--he's been playing it as safe as possible and not getting very involved in the other teams end of the ice--which seems to go against the grain of Tortorella's philosophy of having his d-men up the ice keeping the pressure on--best expressed by his 'safe is death' thinking. While Redden's positional play has been good--he's not aggressive and he's not strong and he's not fast. I know some people hate the way of thinking that a player's value is inseparable from his contract but that's the way I see it. He's not worth what he's making and it hurts the team that a guy making as much as he is is not a real difference maker. If he winds up in Hartford because of that--so be it.

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