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12-21-2009, 09:05 AM
Bleed Ranger Blue
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post

The Rangers foolishly gave Redden that stupid contract but it's the responsibility of the player to fulfill his end of the deal by playing well. Redden hasn't been the same player since the lockout. The forwards can't hold up the opposing forwards on the forecheck. He was brutal in the 2007 finals. As soon as Torts gave Redden more responsibility by playing him in more situations,Redden's game collapsed. Redden was never a physical player but he was strong positionally and had a great stick. He played the opposing forwards stick ala Nicklas Lidstrom. When the Rangers played TB in the Czech Republic last October,CBC covered the games. I was watching the Ottawa-Pittsburgh game on CBC and Mike Milbury was discussing the Rangers-TB game. Milbury is a buffoon but he was praising Redden's ability to make the simple plays ala Brad Park. In Ottawa,Redden contributed 40-50 points a season. He was injured in some of those seasons and still got his points. In New York,Redden has zero offensive game. He is terrible on the PP. He loses battles all over the ice. Soft play after soft play.

One last chance?
It wouldnt be your 20+ million dollars rotting in the minor leagues, so its a bit easier for you to try to present this as some sort of easy decision.

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