Redden to minors?
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01-10-2010, 11:47 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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The Rangers are not putting $6.5 million in Hartford for 4 years. Especially considering Redden is not going to be the same way Rissmiller or Kaspar was, he's GOING to cause problems in Hartford. Hell, he became a problem after a game as a healthy scratch.
The Rangers only true option is a buyout or re-entry waivers, and I even doubt anyone would take him on re-entry waivers as $3.25/4 years is not a contract any team would give him IMO.
The buyout is only more than $2mil per for 2 years. They're just going to have to suck it up. It's going to hurt our reputation if we just bury a vet that we gave a hueg contract to in the minors. Hell, we've already done this with Rissmiller, and while Kaspar had a pre-lockout contract we did the same with him.
Rissmiller's not in Hartford either. If he were to become a big headache the Rangers could look for another AHL home for him or even assign him to Charlotte.
They cannot afford to grin and bear this for another 4 years. He is going to have to go somehow or other. And basically our UFA history is horrible anyway. Once in a while we strike gold--more often than not we get less than expected. One can look at the Blackhawks for inspiration. They went from lousy to really good through drafting and player development. The Rangers at this point look like they can add 3-4 young players every year for the next 2-3 seasons--we should be able to avoid the free agent market more than we have.
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