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Wade Redden plans on being at Rangers training camp

With Wade Redden struggling, the Rangers may look

With Wade Redden struggling, the Rangers may look to add another defenseman after the Christmas roster freeze. Photo Credit: AP

That's the word from Don Meehan, Redden's agent, via email today. "We'll continue to work on his situation," Meehan wrote, "but the plans are to be at New York's training camp in September."

Redden is entering the fourth year of a six-year, $39-million contract. He spent all of last season in the AHL, with eight goals and 34 assists in 70 games for Connecticut; as of July 1, his $6.5-million cap hit goes back on the Rangers roster.

He is not in the Rangers' plans, clearly, and the team had hoped Redden would put pride ahead of his guaranteed money and either retire or maneuver a way to go to Europe.

But the fact remains that Glen Sather signed Redden to the deal in July of 2008 and, in fact, Redden gets more money by being in the AHL -- he doesn't have any of his salary put into escrow, as all NHLers do. Payments into escrow last season varied between 10-18% of players' salaries.

So Redden will almost certainly be in camp, and almost as assuredly be assigned to Connecticut at the first opportunity to remove his salary from the Rangers roster.

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