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Leetch on Redden: Both sides lost

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09:09 AM ET 09.29 | Priced out of the market of which he was a part, Wade Redden is no longer with the Rangers. As for the contract that caused this mess to begin with, [Brian] Leetch said that Redden had a lot of leverage when he signed the six-year, $39 million deal in 2008. Still, he defends the team's decision to acquire the defenseman. "When a team has a need in that area they'll overpay to get you there," he said. "That's kind of what the Rangers fell into. They needed a veteran player that could eat up minutes and bring offensive energy and they took their gamble on credit. It wasn't a bad gamble because he was an elite player, but as it turned out, both sides lost."

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September 29, 2010  09:14 AM ET

It wasn't a bad gamble because he was an elite player.

Key word - "WAS."

September 29, 2010  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It wasn't a bad gamble because he was an elite player.Key word - "WAS."

The Rangers NEVER make a 'bad' gamble. Do they?

September 29, 2010  09:22 AM ET

Leetch on Redden

Try a little salt to get it off.

September 29, 2010  09:57 AM ET

I'd love to "lose" and still walk away with $39mil.

September 29, 2010  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It wasn't a bad gamble because he was an elite player.Key word - "WAS."

Ding Ding Ding!!

September 29, 2010  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I'd love to "lose" and still walk away with $39mil.

An excellent point.

September 29, 2010  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Leetch on ReddenTry a little salt to get it off.

Ba dum dum dum Tsssshhhh!! Thank you boys!! :)

September 29, 2010  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Leetch on ReddenTry a little salt to get it off.

Not lost on me.

Loosely related, my dad once told me a story about having a tick when he was young. It was in the back of his shoulder.

He said his dad got it out by heating up a needle and putting it on the bum.

For many years I couldn't figure out how putting a hot needle on my dad's bum would cause a tick to back out of it's bore hole.....

September 29, 2010  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Leetch on Redden

Try a little salt to get it off.

For the past 5 years, Redden's idea of "a little salt" seems to involve several kilos of Columbia's finest and frequent late night meetings in the park with Darryl Strawberry.

September 29, 2010  12:10 PM ET
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For the past 5 years, Redden's idea of "a little salt" seems to involve several kilos of Columbia's finest and frequent late night meetings in the park with Darryl Strawberry.

Hey now, Daryl has cleaned up his act. Why, didn't you see him just shmoozing with the Donald on "Celebrity" Apprentice? Respectable businessman these days. Perhaps you really meant Dwight Gooden?

September 29, 2010  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

didn't you see him just shmoozing with the Donald on "Celebrity" Apprentice?

I can only assume once more that this means you did?

Oh the shame!

September 29, 2010  12:43 PM ET

I would say the Rangers were the ones who lost....Redden is still getting paid.

September 29, 2010  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It wasn't a bad gamble because he was an elite player.Key word - "WAS."

As in was a couple years before the contract was offered. His last couple of years in Ottawa werent that great if memory serves me right.

September 29, 2010  01:33 PM ET
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I can only assume once more that this means you did? Oh the shame!

I was hoping you wouldn't see that................The wife made me watch. Really. Wait, that might not come out just right..... No, no that's not right either, I'm just digging myself in deeper..... Wait, wait......

September 29, 2010  01:45 PM ET
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I was hoping you wouldn't see that................The wife made me watch. Really. Wait, that might not come out just right..... No, no that's not right either, I'm just digging myself in deeper..... Wait, wait......

That reminds me of the story from the ****'s childhood. When he was eight his parents asked what he wanted for Christmas. He said I wanna watch....so they let him.

September 29, 2010  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Perhaps you really meant Dwight Gooden?

What a fine upstanding member of the criminal element he is eh? How many chances did Doc and daryl get between them?

September 29, 2010  03:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

For the past 5 years, Redden's idea of "a little salt" seems to involve several kilos of Columbia's finest and frequent late night meetings in the park with Darryl Strawberry.

Heard stories about him in the Downtown East Side (skid row in Vcr.)back when he was with the Sens

September 29, 2010  03:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

What a fine upstanding member of the criminal element he is eh? How many chances did Doc and daryl get between them?

Aten't they cousins

September 29, 2010  03:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

What a fine upstanding member of the criminal element he is eh? How many chances did Doc and daryl get between them?

I remember when they were on the cover of S.I. together as the Mets' poster boys for bad behavior. A black day in MLB and New York sports history. NO pun intended. A waste of potential and talent. Strawberry has gotten himself straightened out. Gooden from what I've read is still struggling.

 
September 29, 2010  03:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#23):

Aten't they cousins

They are.

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