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Rangers add All-Star blueliner Redden

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Wade Redden.

Wade Redden, a member of Canada's 2004 World Cup championship team, has been one of the NHL's most consistent two-way defensemen for over a decade.
Redden, 31, is a two-time NHL All-Star (2002 and 2004) and former NHL plus/minus award winner (2006, tie). A Gold Medalist at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, he was named Best Defensemen of the tournament by the Directorate at the 2005 IIHF World Championships.

Redden appeared in 80 games with the Ottawa Senators this past season, registering six goals and 32 assists for 38 points, along with a plus-11 rating and 60 penalty minutes. He ranked third on the Senators in average icetime (22:12), and led all team defensemen in assists (32) and points (38). His four power play goals also ranked second on the club among defensemen, and he finished third in defensemen goals (six) and plus/minus rating (plus-11).

He also posted nine multiple-point games, including a three-assist effort on December 29 vs. Washington. By collecting 38 points, Redden surpassed the 30-point mark for the ninth time in 11 NHL seasons. On December 26, he notched his 100th career NHL goal at Buffalo, and he skated in his 800th career NHL game vs. Buffalo on January 10. In addition, Redden tied for second on the Senators in post-season assists (one) and third in points (one) in four playoff contests.

In 2006-07, Redden led Ottawa in average icetime (22:54), finished fourth in power play points (19) and tied for sixth in assists (29). Among team defensemen, he ranked first in power play goals (four) and points per game (0.56), tied for the lead in game-winning goals (three) and ranked third in points (36). He also posted eight multiple-point games and recorded a career-high, seven-game point streak (two goals and eight assists) from January 3, 2007 vs. Buffalo to January 16, 2007 vs. Washington. He missed 18 games due to injury. In the 2007 playoffs, Redden helped the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals, finishing first on the team and fourth in the NHL among defensemen with 10 points (three goals and seven assists).

The 6-2, 209-pounder has skated in 838 career regular season contests with the Ottawa Senators, registering 101 goals and 309 assists for 410 points, along with a plus-159 rating and 576 penalty minutes. He tallied a goal in his NHL debut on October 5, 1996 vs. Montreal and appeared in all 82 games during his rookie season.

The two-time All-Star (2002 and 2004) established a career-high in goals (17) in 2003-04, tying for the NHL lead among defensemen that season.  In 2005-06,  Redden reached the 40-assist plateau for the first time in his career and set a career-high with 50 points. He also tied for the league lead in plus/minus rating that season (plus-35). He was named NHL Rookie of the Month for April 1997 and awarded NHL Defensive Player of the Month for January 2004.

In post-season play, Redden has appeared in 94 career contests with the Senators, registering 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points, along with 55 penalty minutes. In 2005-06, he tied for fourth on the Senators with 10 points, and his eight assists tied for third on the club. He notched his first career playoff overtime goal on April 29, 2003, at Philadelphia and recorded his first career playoff points (two assists) on May 11, 1998.

Internationally, Redden represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, registering one goal in six games. In 2005, he was named Best Defensemen of the tournament by the Directorate at the IIHF World Championships after helping Canada capture the Silver Medal. In addition, he won a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and twice at the World U-20 Championships (1995 and 1996), and skated at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships.

The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan native was originally the New York Islanders’ first round choice, second overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
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