It’s being hailed as the “Wade Redden” rule.
Teams will no longer be able to send players on one-way deals to the AHL in the hopes of evading their cap hits. Defenceman Wade Redden (and his 6.5M cap hit) is the most famous example of this, having spent considerable time in Connecticut, the NY Rangers’ AHL affiliate.
The Rangers are put in somewhat of a compromising situation, as they will likely be forced to act on Redden and his 6.5M hit by the season’s end. Could they bring him back up? I wouldn’t count on it. Could they trade him? Maybe, although I don’t know of anyone who is willing to take on a big cap hit for a guy who hasn’t played in the NHL since 2009-10 (Side note: Another new rule involves a team possibly retaining part of a player’s salary after a trade, something the Rangers would almost certainly be doing should Redden get dealt). Will they hold him until the end of the season and use a compliance buy out? Getting warmer…
I wonder how the Sheldon Souray incident would’ve been handled had this rule been in effect prior to Souray’s year in the minors.
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