Even if he does get bought out--I wouldn't bet the farm that even a bottom feeder is going to pick him up. He was slow even before he went to Hartford and that was two years ago. He's 34 now. His offense had disappeared. He doesn't play physical. However he's performed or helped out in the AHL--the comments about him being a 'pacer' seem to fit what he was doing in his last year at MSG. He couldn't or wouldn't lift his playing level--or push himself beyond his comfort zone. I don't know who would want him to be honest. AFAIC he's absolutely washed up.
If the new CBA has an amnesty/compliance buyout,Redden will be bought out. The early word was no compliance buyouts but if the NHL gets their one size fits all cap,then there have to be compliance buyouts. Brian Burke made mention of the one way contracts possibly counting against the cap in next CBA. The NHLPA wouldn't go for it last time. The Rangers and all of the teams need to be careful this summer. Tim Wharnsby and Elliotte Friedman mentioned this on the Hotsove 2 weeks ago. Redden got paid $13M in real $ and lost no $ to escrow to play in the AHL. He is still owed $10M in real money.
I was just checking the rosters and saw that Wade Redden currently in the AHL is at 994 NHL games.
I think hes having cap/contract issues but he should still have game 1000 shouldnt he?
It'd be a nice milestone if he could, but he's simply not an NHL-calibre player anymore, and I don't think any team is going to use up a roster spot to allow him those 6 games.
The only teams that even vaguely have reason to are the Rangers, because he's in their organisation (not going to happen), and the Senators, as a thank you. Either way, sentimentality and a kind gesture are not going to be enough for a professional franchise with goals to meet every year.
Let's just agree that 994 is just as good as 1006 and congratulate Wade on that.
Rangers have made some horrible UFA signings over the years and he might be the worst. Drury was awful. Gomez not much better. Kamensky. Lindros was too banged up. Ditto Lafontaine. Fleury played well at times but he was a ticking time bomb who exploded on his own team as much as on opposing ones. Holik they expected too much of and Kasparaitis was getting on. Naslund--I'll give a lot of credit too--one mediocre season and he knew he didn't have it anymore and let us off the hook on his second season. Messier became a shell of what he was the second time around.