|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
209 lb (95 kg)
|New York Rangers
|Born||June 12 1977
Lloydminster, SK, CAN
|NHL Draft||2nd overall, 1995
New York Islanders
|Pro Career||1996 â€“ present|
Wade Redden (born June 12, 1977) is a Canadian professional defenceman currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He joined the Rangers in 2008 after 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators. He has played for Canada internationally seven times, winning two gold medals in the World Junior Championships and once in the World Cup of Hockey.
Wade played one year with the Lloydminster Blazers, before joining the Brandon Wheat Kings. After that Wade was named rookie of the year. The Wheat Kings made it to two Memorial Cup finals while Redden was a member of the team. Wade was a member of the 1995 and 1996 Canadian teams at the World Junior Hockey Championships, both teams winning gold medals.
He was the New York Islanders' first pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, second overall, but he never joined the Islanders. He was then traded to Ottawa by the Islanders along with Damian Rhodes for Don Beaupre, Martin Straka and Bryan Berard on January 23, 1996. The trade had become necessary on the Senators part to move Berard, who refused to join the Senators, a team in turmoil at the time.
Redden joined the Senators for the 1996â€“97 season, making the team out of his first training camp. He scored his first NHL goal on his first shot, against Jocelyn Thibault of the Montreal Canadiens on October 5, 1996. Redden would be named "NHL Rookie of the Month" for April 1997, and was an important part of the team's drive to qualify for the playoffs that season. The team would go on to make the playoffs that season, the first time in the modern Senators' history. The team has qualified for the playoffs in every season following.
By the 1999â€“2000 season, Redden was an important part of the team. On October 2, 1999, Redden was named alternate captain of the Senators, a position he held for nine seasons afterwards. Near the end of the season he suffered an ankle injury, forcing him to miss the playoffs, a contributing factor in the Senators losing in the first round to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In the 2000â€“01 season Redden continued his improvement, averaging over 25 minutes of ice time per game, scoring 37 assists, a three-point game and several two-point games. After the Senators were eliminated from the NHL playoffs, he was named to the Canadian national team for the first time, for the 2001 World Championship.
He would be named to the 2002 NHL All-Star Game to represent the Senators. Later, in 2004, he would be named to the All-Star Game for a second time. He would have nine multi-point games in 2002â€“03 and would set a personal best of 17 goals in the 2003â€“04 season. He was named to the gold-medal winning Canadian team for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He would also play for Canada in the 2005 World Championship.
In the 2005â€“06 NHL season, he missed games because of a knee injury and to be with his mother, Pat as she battled cancer. Redden finished the season with a career-high 50 points, and a league-leading +/- of 35, in 65 games. He had twelve multi-point games including a four-point game against the New York Rangers on December 26, 2005. Redden was selected for the Canadian Olympic team along with teammate Dany Heatley.
After the 2005â€“06 season, the Senators were faced with having their two top defencemen (Redden and Zdeno ChÃ¡ra) becoming unrestricted free agents, and having to choose to sign only one to keep the team salaries within the league-mandated salary cap. The Senators chose Redden and the Senators and Redden agreed on a two-year contract worth $13 million with a no-trade clause, and Chara signed with the Boston Bruins. His salary made him the highest paid player on the team and the media and fans expected another top-notch season. The 2006â€“07 NHL season was a difficult one for Redden, playing with a new defensive partner, Andrej MeszÃ¡roÅ¡, who had played with ChÃ¡ra. However, by the time of the playoffs, Redden and MeszÃ¡roÅ¡ had jelled and were a strong pairing for the Senators. Redden participated in all of Ottawa's run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, recording 10 points in 20 playoff games. The Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks in 5 games.
The 2007â€“08 NHL season was eventful for Redden. Newly-promoted general manager Bryan Murray attempted to trade Redden to the Edmonton Oilers during the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Redden turned down the trade proposal. The team took off like a shot winning 14 of its first 15 games. This play masked several deficiencies which eventually led to the team narrowly making the playoffs only to lose in the first round. Trade rumours would swirl around Redden for most of the season. Redden remained a starter with the team and he played in his 800th career NHL game, all with the Senators, on January 10, 2008, against the Buffalo Sabres.
As the team started to slump, Murray started to look for solutions to turn the team around. In February 2008, it was revealed that Redden used the no trade clause in his contract to kill a deal that would have sent him to the San Jose Sharks for Matt Carle and a draft pick. As the leaked deal became public, Redden publicly declared his desire to win the Stanley Cup with Ottawa, at the time still the Eastern Conference leader. Within weeks of the aborted trade, the Sharks surpassed Ottawa in the league-wide standings, and the Senators performance continued to decline, the coach was fired and the team struggled into the playoffs.
Redden's numbers improved slightly over the previous season, but this was overshadowed by the size of his contract and the team's overall performance. The 2007-08 season was also the last season of the contract and speculation about his re-signing was regularly discussed in the media. Redden made clear that he would take a 'hometown discount', taking less money to stay in Ottawa. After the season, the media openly speculated that Redden would be leaving the Senators. This became fact on July 1, 2008, when he signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the New York Rangers. Redden's performance continued to decline in New York where he faced considerable criticism. One writer for the New York Post even called the contract "the worst in the history of the NHL, if not in the history of hard-cap pro sports." Redden is not expected to return to the Rangers for the 2009-2010 NHL season, the Rangers are in negotiations to deal him in hopes of ridding themselves of the lucrative contract, and poor play of the once All-Star defenseman.
|1993â€“94||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||64||4||35||39||â€”||98||14||2||4||6||10|
|1994â€“95||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||64||14||46||60||â€”||83||18||5||10||15||8|
|1995â€“96||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||51||9||45||54||â€”||55||19||5||10||15||19|
|2008â€“09||New York Rangers||NHL||81||3||23||26||-5||51||7||0||2||2||0|
Played for Canada in:
|Senior int'l totals||47||7||13||20||35|
Martin St. Louis & Marek MalÃk
|Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Michal RozsÃval)
|New York Islanders first-round draft picks|
|Harris â€¢ Potvin â€¢ Gillies â€¢ Price â€¢ McKendry â€¢ Bossy â€¢ Tambellini â€¢ D. Sutter â€¢ B. Sutter â€¢ Boutilier â€¢ Flatley â€¢ LaFontaine â€¢ Diduck â€¢ MacPherson â€¢ Dalgarno â€¢ King â€¢ Fitzgerald â€¢ Chynoweth â€¢ Cheveldayoff â€¢ Chyzowski â€¢ Scissons â€¢ Lachance â€¢ Kasparaitis â€¢ Bertuzzi â€¢ Lindros â€¢ Redden â€¢ Dumont â€¢ Luongo â€¢ Brewer â€¢ Rupp â€¢ Connolly â€¢ Pyatt â€¢ Mezei â€¢ Kudroc â€¢ DiPietro â€¢ Torres â€¢ Bergenheim â€¢ Nilsson â€¢ Nokelainen â€¢ O'Marra â€¢ Okposo||