Today marks an interesting day for NHL transaction watchers as the freeze on placing players on waivers is lifted once again and the New York Rangers aren’t wasting any time. The Rangers announced today that they’ll be placing high-priced defenseman Wade Redden on waivers with the likelihood of having him sent down to the AHL to bury his $6.5 million cap hit in Hartford.
There’s no secret that Redden has struggled since signing with the Rangers before the 2008-2009 season and at a cap hit like he’s got, it’s tough to stomach having him play poorly. While Rangers GM Glen Sather made it a point to say that Redden could play his way into staying in New York this year, the salary cap logistics of that made it virtually impossible.
While it’s possible a team could claim Redden off of waivers, he’s got four years left on his contract. Any team taking that deal now would be paying him in full. There could be a chance that a team would take a chance on the 33 year-old defenseman if he was put through recall waivers where the Rangers would eat part of the cost, but with the Rangers currently more than $4 million over the cap, the chances of him being recalled are virtually nil.
GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now
Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.
Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Tuesday.
“I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.
Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?
Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”
Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.
Portzline goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.
Next four games: Three out of four at home Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.
As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.
For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.
He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.
Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).
That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out
This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:
With Ovechkin out, Caps lines look like this: