Sunday, April 09, 2006

Where's Wade Redden?

Based on the Google searches that have brought people to this blog in the last week, it seems as if this is a question a lot of you are asking. I'll do my best to answer.

There are a lot of rumors around the situation, as evident by the nature of said Google searches. Often attached to those searches is drugs, rehab, or a related word. The Hockey’s Future board has its own thread about it.

The official word from the team is that he’s on a personal leave. The nature of such an ambiguous stance is that it leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and many will want to believe a juicy story over something far less worthy of gossip mongers.

Rumors of Wade Redden’s personal life have been bubbling for as long as I can remember. Truth be told, I never paid them much mind one way or the other, because it never seemed to effect his on-ice performance, but that didn’t stop a lot of you from making it message board fodder. To each his own, I suppose.

I don't claim to have any inside information on Redden's off-ice dealings, despite it being of great interest to a lot of you. Here’s what I do know: Wade Redden’s mother Pat is very sick. She’s been battling brain cancer for some time now. Considering Redden left the team to go back to Lloydminster to be with her and the rest of his family, it’s probably safe to assume the situation is grave.

The team has decided to respect the privacy of the Redden family, and thus, haven’t come out and said this is why he’s gone. As a result, a lot of you are assuming it’s something seedy when that doesn’t look to be the case.

Unfortunately, the timing of Redden's absence has not been great, what with the injuries to Zdeno Chara and Chris Phillips. As a result, in addition the speculation about why he's really gone, now too many are whispering about Redden abandoning the team. How the Senators need to be his first priority. Are you out of your minds?

Lets keep things in perspective people. While I would prefer #6 is in the line-up, and I would like Ottawa to run the table and win their remaining games, ultimately, it's not the end of the world if they don't. One of the perks of excelling early in the season is that you can struggle down the stretch drive and not fall out of playoff contender.

And this isn't the Stanley Cup finals we're talking about. They're regular season games. In comparison to being able to spend time with someone during their last days, it sure isn't very significant.

Yeah, the timing sucks, and it leaves the team in a compromised position, but something tells me the Redden family will gladly prolong their situation to appease the organization that has been so good to their son. Alas, that's not the case.

I doubt this will stop many of those threads from people who claim to have inside sources informing them on the REAL details of what’s going on from poping up. Believe what you will, but tap into your common sense and some basic decency first.


At 10:24 AM, Blogger Adam said...

Well written, Chris. I really hope that people can keep things in perspective. Ultimately, playing for the Sens is just a job. I could never fault anybody for leaving their employment to be with their sick mother. To expect the same, just because he plays for your (and my) favourite team is simply unfair.

I hope for the best for the Reddens, and if Wade were to skip the rest of the season and playoffs, I wouldn't blame him for a second. It's just a job.

At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a member of Wade's family though distant, it is safe to sya that his mom has passed and he wanted to be wit her. Before she went into a coma she tole him to plya nad do what he loved. I cannot imagine him not being incredibly sad right now. I hope the media realizes this and leaves him alone in that way.


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