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Buy viagra alternative While the Hartford Wolf Pack part is still in play, buy viagra alternative the Connecticut Whalers part isn’t now that Howard Baldwin is in charge of the franchise and will re-brand the team the Connecticut Whale on or about February 29, buy viagra alternative 2011 when the team is expected to play an outdoor game at Rentschler Field against the Providence Bruins as part of a 10-day Hockey Fest. Buy viagra alternative

Buy viagra alternative A rose (or a team) by any other name would still smell as sweet to Ranger fans just as long as Redden and his $6.5 million contract vacate Madison Square Garden.

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Buy viagra alternative “We’re not going to single out Wade Redden as far as being isolated and say he’s going to Hartford, buy viagra alternative right now, buy viagra alternative” Torts told Newsday’s Steve Zipay. Buy viagra alternative “I know Wade has read all that, buy viagra alternative and I’m sure it’s weighed on him a little bit. Buy viagra alternative We need to let this play out. Buy viagra alternative I know we’re over the cap, buy viagra alternative but a lot of different things can happen before the season starts.”

Buy viagra alternative Even Glen Sather made a rare appearance in front of the media to come to Redden’s defense – sort of.

Buy viagra alternative “I don’t think salary should have a distinction on whether a guy makes the hockey team, buy viagra alternative” Sather told Jesse Spector of the Daily News . Buy viagra alternative “I’m sure we’ll be able to do that (get under the cap). Buy viagra alternative There’s lots of ways to do it.”

Buy viagra alternative Yes, buy viagra alternative the Rangers have some options other than sending Redden to the AHL. Buy viagra alternative They could clear out the necessary cap space by gerrymandering the roster and moving out contracts like Todd White ($2.375 million cap hit), buy viagra alternative Sean Avery ($1.938 million), buy viagra alternative Matt Gilroy ($1.75 million), buy viagra alternative and Steve Eminger ($1.125 million).

Buy viagra alternative The problem with this nickel-and-dime approach is that it leaves the Rangers little or no wiggle room if they decide to keep some youngsters like Ryan McDonagh, buy viagra alternative Derek Stepan, buy viagra alternative and Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, buy viagra alternative or if they decide to sign a veteran blueliner like Garnet Exelby or Alexei Semenov.

Buy viagra alternative They could try and trade Redden to a team with cap space, buy viagra alternative but not only would the Rangers have to pony up too much in the form of a bribe, buy viagra alternative how many teams will want to commit themselves to having Redden’s cap hit for three more years beyond this season.

Buy viagra alternative The talk of a Redden for Sheldon Souray swap really does not help either team because Edmonton would be hard pressed to take back Redden and his salary – especially when Souray only has two years left on his deal. Buy viagra alternative Even if Edmonton could be persuaded to do so, buy viagra alternative the cap savings would be negligible for the Rangers during the next two seasons ($1.1 million per season).

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Buy viagra alternative Sending Redden to the AHL eliminates the salary cap problems the Rangers have, buy viagra alternative but it opens the organization up to a whole new set of problems. Buy viagra alternative How will Redden react to being exiled to the minor leagues? How much ice time will some of the Ranger prospects lose? Even if the prospect in question is a borderline NHL player, buy viagra alternative it still behooves the Blueshirts to play the youngster.

Buy viagra alternative No, buy viagra alternative what the Rangers need to do is follow the lead of the Chicago Blackhawks and their dealings with goaltender Cristobal Huet. Buy viagra alternative The Blackhawks are said to be close to arranging a deal where they would loan him to a team in Europe – thus removing him from their salary cap and keeping off their AHL affiliate in Rockford.

Buy viagra alternative The move would not be without precedent around MSG. Buy viagra alternative The Rangers did a similar thing when they assigned Darius Kasparaitis to Hartford in January 2007. Buy viagra alternative The veteran defenseman reported to Hartford after clearing waivers.

Buy viagra alternative Prior to the start of the 2007-2008 season, buy viagra alternative they Rangers placed him on waivers again and he went down to Hartford and played four games before he was loaned to SKA St. Buy viagra alternative Petersburg. Buy viagra alternative Kasparaitis, buy viagra alternative theoretically was still a part of the Rangers organization, buy viagra alternative but his contract did not count against the salary cap.

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Buy viagra alternative “They asked me when I was sent to the minors if there was a possibility I could go and play in Russia, buy viagra alternative” Kasparaitis told Dellapina. Buy viagra alternative “I’m still part of the Rangers. Buy viagra alternative But I’m going there to play. Buy viagra alternative Kind of like a loan.

Buy viagra alternative Loaning to Redden to a team in Europe is not an original one. Buy viagra alternative In fact, buy viagra alternative Larry Brooks of the NY Post mentioned the possibility in a September 16 NY Post article.

Buy viagra alternative “Redden’s agent, buy viagra alternative Don Meehan, buy viagra alternative respectfully declined to respond to an inquiry from The Post whether he has been in contact with clubs in Europe on behalf of his client as an alternative to playing with the AHL Wolf Pack should the defenseman in fact go through waivers, buy viagra alternative” Brooks reported.

Buy viagra alternative Redden going to Europe might be a win-win for all parties concerned. Buy viagra alternative Not only do the Rangers remove Redden’s salary cap hit, buy viagra alternative but it is a case of out-of-sight, buy viagra alternative out-of-mind. Buy viagra alternative If he was sent to the AHL, buy viagra alternative he would still loom large especially if younger defensemen in New York were struggling and Redden somehow staged a renaissance. Buy viagra alternative

Buy viagra alternative It is a plus for Redden because he would not have to endure an assignment to the minor leagues – which would be a first in his career. Buy viagra alternative

Buy viagra alternative The only concern is if Commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL decide to make Redden a test case for tightening up loopholes in the CBA – much like did with Ilya Kovalhcuk and the New Jersey Devils.

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