Thursday, August 18, 2005

The cold water on the face we all needed

After two days of utter panic and despair throughout the Nation's capital at the idea that the Senators will be trading top blueliner Wade Redden, Bruce Garrioch of all people gave us a welcome dose of reality in today's Ottawa Sun.

The Senators aren't trying to trade Wade Redden -- they're trying to keep him.

Internet and published reports that said the defenceman was on the trading block were described as "stupid" by an NHL source yesterday.

And Redden confirmed last night that the Senators have approached his agent, Don Meehan, about a contract extension.

Redden will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season, but the Sens have already talked about contract extensions with Redden and defenceman Zdeno Chara. Whether they sign is another story, but nobody is on the verge of being dealt anytime soon.

"My preference is to stay in Ottawa," Redden said yesterday from Kelowna, B.C., where he is participating in the Olympic orientation camp. "That is something when this Team Canada camp is over I plan to meet with Don Meehan about. There haven't been any formal discussions, but we're going to sit down and talk about all the possibilities.

I say of all people to Mr. Garrioch because the paper he writes for has been playing into this story more than any other media outlet in the city.

I had actually written a pretty scathing post about the topic of trading Redden, as well as Marian Hossa's situation, but I've thought better of it and will sit on the sidelines and let this situation play out. I've given into the fear mongering of the Sun Media enough as it is.

By the way, I've ripped off Jes Golbez's concept and done a fancy, spiffy (not really) look at the current Senators line-up.


At 10:45 AM, Blogger just'cuz said...

Since when does a GM declaring that a player will not be traded, guarantee that the player is not traded? Plus, Muckler would like to sign both Chara and Redden to long-term deals but if either doesn't sign, do you think the Sens would risk losing either for nothing?

Redden would fetch a first-round pick. Chara should be worth at least a second-round pick but he's worth more than that here in Ottawa. He's the physical security that keeps the other teams honest when they play the Sens. Also, Chara showed in the World Championship that he needs a good team defense concept to be successful. If the Sens don't sign him, he should go to Florida.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

It doesn't guarantee it, but it does quel them just a tad, don't you think?

As far as trading him, I stand by my original argument that this year looks like it will be the Sens best shot at winning the Cup. With the way the CBA is structured, who knows how many of the core will be gone. So I'd much rather they held onto Redden and take a run at it, and risk losing him, than trade him away.

Because the odds are, we can't get anything back that can help us now, and that should be the priority. I'm all for looking to the future, but this is a team that's done that for too long.

The time to win is now, and unloading one of the most important parts of that team would be misguided.


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