More distractions for the Ottawa Senators, as word leaked out of Ottawa that Bryan Murray had held discussions with the San Jose Sharks, who were seeking out the services of Wade Redden.
TSN stirred up the hornet’s nest on Friday with a report that report, but with the additional information that Redden had not wavered from his no trade clause in his current agreement.
It marks the second time that his name has come up as a principle in a possible Senator trade, the last one a draft day deal that went south at the final stages.
While it’s expected that Bryan Murray will make a few deals before the trading deadline comes and goes on the 26th of February, it would seem that moving an asset such as Redden will be a tad problematic.
For his part, Redden is holding the majority of the cards, he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, so unless he’s traded off to a team that already has one hand on the Stanley Cup it seems unlikely that he’ll be getting fitted for a new sweater any time soon.
What is interesting to note however, is how the previously homogenous Senators now seem poised to break up that comfortable club, should the right deal come along. With Ray Emery apparently being dangled from time to time along with Antoine Vermette and defenceman Joe Corvo and now Redden’s name popping up in trade rumours it seems that the team that the Sens enter the playoffs with in April, very well may be a little different than last years group.
The only question is will all the uncertainty now percolating have an impact on the team on the ice, which has been struggling through January and February, for many February 26th probably can’t come fast enough.
Globe and Mail--Murray offers no comment on Redden
Ottawa Citizen--Redden says he's staying put
Ottawa Citizen--Murray: Trying to improve is tough to do
Ottawa Citizen--Paddock checks out prospects on farm
San Jose Mercury News--Sharks wanted Ottawa's Redden but he refused trade
TSN--Redden says no to waiving no-trade clause
Ottawa Sun--Trade me? No Wade