Thursday, June 29, 2006

Finally!

TSN is reporting that the Senators and Wade Redden have come to terms on a new two-year contract worth $13 million. An official announcement is expected soon.

Three thoughts:

1) That's a lot of paper. If Redden is worth $6.5 mil, what will Chara get on the open market, as that seems to be where he's headed? While I believe Redden is a superior defenceman and more important to the success of the Sens, I seem to be in the minority on this as the general consensus throughout the NHL appears to be that Chara is the better of the two. So if that's the case, surely he's looking at $7 million.

2) Did Redden give them a discount of any sort? At $6.5 mil, I'd say no. It's funny because I thought, given how the team supported him during the difficult time when his mother was dying, he would. Not that he should have, so don't get it twisted, just that he would. Was it him saying "if all dollars are equal, I'll come back"?

3) Why only a two-year deal? Was that Redden's preference or the team's? Is that good or bad? I would've thought you'd want to lock him up for more years than that, as in four or five, so you don't have this to deal with for a while, but maybe a shorter contract is better. I'm still mulling over this one.

Either way, I'm just glad Wade Redden isn't going anywhere.

As a fan, he's one of those guys I look at as our own, and though Redden wasn't born here nor was he raised, I see him as an Ottawa guy. We've seen him develop from the clumsy and often frustrating rearguard to a premiere blueliner and it's been a joy to watch.

This is in contrast to Chara, who I view as a sort of outsider. He didn't start his career here in Ottawa, and while he certainly came into his own a Senator, he's still not a Sen through and through the way guys like Redden, Chris Phillips, Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher, and Chris Neil are. That's not his fault, as he didn't ask to be drafted by such a joke of an organization, but that's simply how I feel.

Perhaps my REDDEN>CHARA sentiment just comes down to that.

I do think it's about what they bring as players, but maybe subconsciously, I just didn't want to lose one of our guys.

8 Comments:

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous TomD said...

I am sorry but no way on planet earth is Redden worth this kind of money.

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Well that's what he was going to get elsewhere and if that's what it takes to keep him in the fold, I'm ok with it.

 
At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Justin789 said...

Without Redden our offence wouldn't be nearly as effective. He's the straw the stirs the drink as they say. He's worth this contract simply because he is a big leader on this team and there is now way we would have been able to replace what he brings. A superb defencemen in the new NHL, his continuing improvements, as well as the emergence of Meszaros, has even made Chara expendable. Nice signing.

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous TomD said...

All I can say is that I am in total agreement with you that Muckler should be fired

 
At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anshu said...

I think this was a pretty accurate reflection of Redden's market value, but I also agree that the market value for defencemen of his caliber seems too high.

That's probably more a statement of the relatively low level of talent currently in the NHL at this position.

 
At 1:29 AM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Neither of the last 2 Stanley Cup champions had a defenseman nearly the caliber of Redden. Makes you wonder if top tier defensemen are really that valuable. What both teams did have though is excellent goaltending. As important as the Redden signing is, more important to Ottawa's success is what they do in goal.

 
At 4:38 PM, Anonymous disappointed said...

"This is in contrast to Chara, who I view as a sort of outsider. He didn't start his career here in Ottawa, and while he certainly came into his own a Senator, he's still not a Sen through and through the way guys like Redden, Chris Phillips, Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher, and Chris Neil are. That's not his fault, as he didn't ask to be drafted by such a joke of an organization, but that's simply how I feel."

It's hardly surprising that thinly-veiled Harper-inspired jingoism appears so closely next to ignorance: Redden and Chara were both drafted by the same "joke of an organization".

You know Chris when you first started this blog you were polite and informative, but now I find you cynical, even petulant. Many more of these "sh*t the bed" rants or caustic "f&*k you, don't read my site if you don't like it" in the comments section and you'll lose more than me as a regular reader.

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

It's hardly surprising that thinly-veiled Harper-inspired jingoism appears so closely next to ignorance: Redden and Chara were both drafted by the same "joke of an organization".

What does this have anything to do with anything?

The Islanders drafted Redden, true, but after Berard, he was the consensus #2 pick. It was hardly an example of genius on their part (nor was the trade they made shortly thereafter)

Redden's not a product of the Islanders system. He didn't play a single game with either their AHL affiliate or the big club.

You know Chris when you first started this blog you were polite and informative, but now I find you cynical, even petulant. Many more of these "sh*t the bed" rants or caustic "f&*k you, don't read my site if you don't like it" in the comments section and you'll lose more than me as a regular reader.

Fair enough.

This blog exists to reflect my thoughts as a hockey fan and usually, more importantly, as a Sens fan.

If somedays I feel like saying phrases with profanity in them, I will do so.

If this offends you, then you probably should stop reading the blog.

 

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