Rangers make a Splash as Signings start

Mike Kutniewski JrCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2008

OK, so a large number of Ranger fans were probably hoping that Brian Campbell would be heading down Broadway towards Madison Square Garden in the next few days for a press conference, but he was quickly scooped up by the Blackhawks.

So, the powers that be that run the Broadway Blueshirts had no choice but to grab another big D-man and they sure did—stealing Wade Redden from the Senators.

Redden gives the Rangers someone who plays games—he played 80 last year for Ottawa. He also comes with 11 years of experience of playing with the Senators and knowing what it’s like to win.

Will he score? Probably not, but the Rangers don’t need scorers—well as long as Jagr sticks around. Redden might enjoy passing the puck across the ice on the power play and watching the light go on.

If one thing is for sure, Redden will improve the team defense right away.

A two-time All-Star and team leader, the Rangers may come to find their signing was better than the one that got away to the Blackhawks as Redden will be joined by the re-signed Rozsival on D. The thrill of playing on Broadway will help Redden return to his glory days of All-Star status.

It’s hard to tell if, in the long run, the length and cost of the contract could hurt the Rangers, but with the signings made today they may be able to trade off some extra cap money in order to help even things off a bit.