Wade Redden is saying all the right things about his AHL demotion, Hartford assignment

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for waderedden1.jpgWe all know that Wade Redden’s contract is one of the biggest albatrosses in a long stream of bad contracts handed out by New York Rangers Glen Sather. As you may know, the team shipped him to the Hartford Wolf Pack (who will soon become the Connecticut Whale, actually) to clear up his enormous $6.5 million salary cap hit.

While it’s difficult to feel too bad for Redden considering the fact that he still has four years and $23 million left on that contract, it can often be all-too-easy to forget that he is a human being after all. Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant caught up with Redden, who at least said all the right things about his demotion to Hartford.

Who knows if this situation eventually will be remedied, but Redden called Hartford a logical place for him to be while it happens. He said he doesn’t want to be running around at this point, that going to Europe with a newborn wouldn’t be a smart thing.

“A lot has happened to him in his personal and professional life,” coach Ken Gernander said. “To this point he has handled it with top marks.”

Redden talked easily about playing in Hartford during his rookie NHL season, including one of his first games in the preseason. He talked about chatting the other day with longtime friend and former Whaler Brad McCrimmon, who stressed what a great place Hartford is. His young teammates seemed eager to accept him. As a couple of reporters spoke to Redden, Devin DiDiomete, Brodie Dupont and Ryan Garlock playfully surrounded them using a water bottle as a microphone, a stick as a boom mike and pretending to roll a camera.

“I’m coming with a good attitude,” Redden said. “Looking at my time in New York, things didn’t go the way I wanted them to. And I don’t think things were going to change. I sat down with Glen and he said the same thing.”

Redden said he wasn’t surprised to be waived, which means that he’s at least not in total denial.

With those four expensive years left, Redden will need to get used to the AHL since he seems disinterested in playing in Europe (he explained that going overseas would be difficult with his young children). If Michael Nylander’s travels serve as a road map, the best Redden could probably hope for is the chance to be “loaned” to a different minor league team.

Again, it’s hard to empathize too much with a guy who’s making that much money, but it still must be embarrassing for a solid pro. Hopefully he’ll make it back to the NHL once his lengthy, expensive deal runs out. In the mean time, he’ll just have to make the best of things.

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    Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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    When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

    (His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

    It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

    He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

    First, the Kronwalling:

    Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

    It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

    Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

    Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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    Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

    It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

    To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

    The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

    That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

    They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

    Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


    More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

    In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

    Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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    The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

    You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

    That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

    Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

    Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


    Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

    While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

    In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

    The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?