Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Leafs Interested In Redden?

I'm very skeptical about this rumor, who in their right mind would have interest in Wade Redden with that ridiculous contract?

According to a Toronto Newspaper today:
There is belief the Maple Leafs have been zeroing in on New York Rangers defenceman Wade Redden and forward Peter Schaefer of the Boston Bruins.

Schaefer, 31, was buried in the minors by the Bruins last season because of salary cap concerns. He has one more year on his contract at $2.3-million (U.S.). Redden, 32, was signed to a six-year, $39-million unrestricted free-agent deal last summer, and the Rangers would not be averse to moving him.

The Leafs have plenty of salary cap room – $10-million to $13-million depending on the contract given to restricted free-agent forward Mikhail Grabovski – to accommodate both players.

But if the Leafs have interest in Redden, it means Burke must be serious about trading away either Tomas Kaberle or Pavel Kubina. The two veteran defenceman have no-trade contracts, but a window in which they can be traded opens when the draft commences on Friday.

“I’m going [to Montreal] to listen to offers,” said Burke.

I'm not buying it. No one has interest in Wade Redden. I would understand if the purpose was to clear cap space by trading Kaberle and/or Kubina - but from a Toronto standpoint this trade makes no sense unless they are getting a lot in return (like top draft pick(s) or prospects). According to NHLNumbers, Kubina has only one more year left on his contract ($5M) and Kaberle only two more years, each season making $4.25M. Wade Redden on the other hand is under contract for the next 5 seasons and has $31M remaining on his contract. The only thing that Brian Burke and the Leafs are interested in is the fact that they see a potential chance to absolutely rip off the Rangers by accepting Redden's contract. Hey, the Rangers need him off the books, so whatever it takes, I guess.

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