A defense of Redden (Sorta, I wish he were gone)
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04-13-2010, 11:50 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
No, you can not blame him for not being the player the Rangers paid him to be...
but you CAN blame him for plenty else.
Chris Drury is similarly being paid to be a player he isn't. He is not the 40 goal scorer he was paid to be. HOWEVER, he goes out there every night and does his job, never complains, hustles every shift, sacrifices his body both in front of the net, along the boards, and in blocking shots. He never makes excuses or anything of the like. When he was put on the fourth line, he accepted that role and tried even harder. He might not do everything that he is being paid to do, but you can not question that he is doing everything his body allows him to do to help this team win.
Wade Redden, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. Not once has he showed veteran leadership. Half the time he looks like he isn't even trying. He shies away from a lot of physical contact. When Tortorella scratched him, instead of taking it as a hint that he needs to get his **** together, he instead *****ed and moaned about it to the media.
That's the difference. I hate Drury's contract, but I appreciate and respect the guy for all the effort he puts in and how much he genuinely cares about making this team successful. He would die out there on the ice for this team. Redden's contract sucks, but so do his effort and attitude. Forget about not being productive on the powerplay or whatever. Half of the games he looks like he doesn't even want to be there. That's why Redden gets the hate he does. It goes far beyond the money.
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