Rangers Options: If Wade Redden Is Waived, What Will Follow?

Nick PerriAnalyst IJuly 13, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 14:  Wade Redden #6 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Over the past couple of weeks rumors have been swirling around about Wade Redden, and if/when he will be waived.

After recently acquiring Steve Eminger from the Ducks, the signing of Ryan McDonagh, the re-signing of Dan Girardi, and the belief that Marc Staal will resign, it sounds like Wade Redden being waived isn’t too far away.

SNY TV Rangers blog reports that Sather will most likely be waived in September, but Larry brooks of the NY Post reports that the Rangers may look to clear cap space and waive him very soon.

I was recently thinking about Wade Redden, and when they would waive him. Obviously something is going down. The only way Redden will be in the Rangers line-up in October is if he has an extremely mind blowing training camp. He will have to out play every d-man (if he’s around for training camp), and not by a small margin either.

It won’t happen. If Redden is indeed waived sometime during Free Agency, what will follow?


Option 1: Rangers Waive Him During Free Agency

Wade Redden holds a cap hit of $6.5 million. Yes, everyone in the whole National Hockey League believes that this may be one of the worst deals ever made. That $6.5 million could easily be used for something much more useful.

Before anyone starts thinking that I’m about to write that the Rangers should use the money on guys like Frolov, Demitra, Guerin, etc., Let me talk.

First off, I know there is one thing that the Rangers could use the money for that has nothing to do with offense. With Marc Staal contract talks in a “chasm,” the extra money could be used to lure Staal back to New York.

I’m in no way saying that the Rangers should use all $6.5 million, but maybe an extra $1 million or so to get Staal back in a Rangers uniform. With the extra money that’s left, if Sather would like to, he could probably add some more offensive talent through the market, or through trade.

That could be used as a secondary plan. If not then the Rangers could simply keep the extra money, and use it in the future.


Option 2: Rangers Waive Him During Training Camp

It’s obvious that Redden will be waived sometime before October. If it’s not in the next few weeks, then it will probably happen during training camp.

In September there isn’t much that the $6.5 million could be used for, but if there is a flaw that has to be addressed before the season starts, Sather could easily make a trade to bring in a decent player and make the Rangers a better team.

Another thing that the money may have to be used on is Marc Staal. If the Rangers are unsuccessful at resigning him during Free Agency and Sather still feels like resigning him, then the Rangers could use the money to resign him before the season starts. It could be the same thing the Rangers did with Brandon Dubinsky; the only difference is that the team didn’t have to waive anyone to meet Dubi’s demands.

This is definitely a possible option for the Rangers.


New York wants to get rid of Redden, and they can either do it now or later (September).

When will they choose to do it? I’m not sure. Will they do it? Most likely. Which option do you think the Rangers should use? Leave your response below. Thanks for the read, hope you enjoyed it.