Should the Rangers use Wade Redden to replace injured Marc Staal? Could Shea Weber be dealt to Edmonton? Read on for the latest from the blogosphere. Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” not only believes Wade Redden is still an NHL-caliber player, but calls for the club to use him to replace the injured Marc Staal. While acknowledging Redden’s $6.5 million salary, he believes the Rangers should at least invite Redden to camp, see what he can do, and try to find a buyer.
“So why not at least invite him to camp and give teams a chance to see him play? Then maybe get a buyer…Are the Rangers too paranoid Redden will get hurt and they will be stuck or are they perhaps closing in on a team who may be willing to pick up half the money?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If other NHL teams believed Redden was a worthwhile addition to their rosters, they would’ve picked him up earlier this summer, or plucked him off re-entry waivers last season. Staal meanwhile doesn’t earn enough to free up sufficient cap space to add Redden’s salary if the former goes on LTIR. I fail to see how the Rangers would be “too paranoid” Redden would get hurt and they would be stuck. If he’s hurt long-term, he goes on LTIR. I do agree with “Eklund” the Rangers might need to find a short-term replacement for Staal if he remains out for a lengthy period, but for now it appears they’ll look to within.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claims the latest rumor from The Bleacher Report has the Edmonton Oilers expressing some interest in Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, with the Predators getting Ales Hemsky, Magnus Paajarvi, Jeff Petry and draft picks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t the first time Seely has cited Bleacher Report for a rumor without providing a link to the report in question. Once again, I checked Bleacher Report but there’s nothing about Weber being dealt to the Oilers or anyone else.