Although the official training camp roster is not officially released, Steve Zipay is reporting that veteran defenseman Wade Redden will not be invited to camp this year. Although none of us expected him to be on the Rangers this year, it is a bit surprising to see that he won’t even be invited to camp. Redden was an invaluable member of the CT Whale last season, serving as a mentor to the young defensemen. Every young player that was paired with Redden showed great improvements with his game as the season progressed.
This may be the first step in voiding Redden’s contract, which is to be expected at some point. Redden probably wants another shot at the NHL, and his contract can only be voided if he does not report to the Whale. I’m just speculating here, but it’s possible that since Redden is not on the camp roster, that he plans to part ways with the Rangers soon. I would think that if he had plans to stay with the team, that he would be at camp as a mentor/on-ice coach for the defensemen, as he was all of last year.