Defenseman Wade Redden retires after 14 NHL seasons
The 36-year-old defenseman scored 109 goals, had 348 assists and was a two-time All Star. He played his first 11 seasons for Ottawa before signing a six-year deal with the Rangers. But he failed to live up to expectations in New York and he was demoted to the AHL.
He latched on with the Blues when the lockout ended in 2013 and was traded to Boston at the trade deadline in 2013.
“I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support,” Redden said in a statement. “I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches and staff for all the great memories created throughout the years. To the fans, I appreciate all your support throughout my career. Playing in the National Hockey League has been a dream come true and I feel very proud and privileged to have played more than 1,000 games in 14 NHL seasons.”
Redden, who had a career +160 plus/minus mark, played in 106 postseason games, including the 2007 Stanley Cup final, recording 49 points. He was drafted second overall by the Islanders in 1995, but was traded to the Senators in Jan. 1996, prior to making his NHL debut.
Ottawa made the playoffs each of his 11 seasons with the team.
Redden announces retirement. According to new capgeek feature, he earned $69.6 million, 20th all-time. pic.twitter.com/o2sRbYWKiF
— Brian Costello (@bcostellothn) January 9, 2014
Wade Redden has retired, a wonderful opportunity for Rangers fans everywhere to recall the most horrible things they said about him.
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) January 9, 2014