Two famous, or shall I say infamous, ex-New York Rangers players are representing both teams in this year’s finals, which means one of these players’ names are going to be written on the Stanley Cup before any current Rangers players. These two players are none other than Michal Rozsíval, currently on the Blackhawks, and Wade Redden, currently on the Bruins.
Both names are easily recognizable among Rangers fans as both Rozsíval and Redden did not live up to their contracts back in 2008 when they were with the Rangers, and were basically booed out of town.
Rozsíval, who signed a four-year, $24 million contract, struggled mightily down the stretch run of his career with the Rangers before getting traded in 2011. Redden, who signed a six-year, $39-million deal back in 2008, was so bad in his career with the Rangers that most would agree that he did not live up to a even single penny of that ridiculous contract.
Eventually, Redden was put on waivers by the Rangers and sent down to their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, who later became the Connecticut Whale, until he was bought out of the rest of his contract with the team in January of this year.
Now the Rangers may be looking into an offseason signing of Mark Streit, who was the defensman that Rangers GM Glen Sather stupidly passed up on when signing Redden. How ironic.
So we Rangers fans are just going to have to grind our teeth and bare the fact that one of these numskulls will hoist the Cup at the end of this season. But at least if it’s the Bruins that win the Cup, we can all smile knowing that Redden was a healthy scratch.