Wade Redden's locker stall at the MSG training rink is next to Martin Straka, one of the players he was traded for (along with Bryan Berard) back in 1996 when he became a member of the Senators.
Though Redden was unceremoniously booed out of town by the often fickle and long-term memory afflicted Ottawa fans, Glen Sather still thinks Redden can be a top echelon defenseman in the NHL.
"In our opinion, he's the best first-passer in the game today," Sather said, envisioning Redden on the left point of the Rangers' power play.
I'm inclined to agree with Sather on this one.
It's hard to believe how quickly the fans turned on their franchise defenseman after the years of service he gave to the team. It might be true that it was best for both sides to part ways, but since when did Redden deserve all the negativity?