Playing for Canada tops Redden's agenda

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

Wade Redden is staying home.

The Senators defenceman told the Sun yesterday that he turned down an opportunity to join teammate Chris Phillips in Gavle, Sweden, and a chance to play in Switzerland.

Instead, Redden is going to spend the next few months working out and concentrating on his business interests. He hasn't ruled out playing for Canada at the world championship in Vienna in May if NHL players are invited.

"I just thought it wasn't worth it to go over to Sweden at this time," said Redden. "I thought about it. I was willing to go join Daniel Alfredsson in (Frolunda), but when that fell through I just kind of gave up on it.

"You have to wonder how much hockey you're really going to get to play. You get over there and play for a month, is it really worth it?"

But Redden would like to play for Canada if the opportunity presents itself.

"I don't know if they'd want to take a guy who hasn't played any hockey at all," said Redden. "I'd like to go, but we'd have to see. I'd be willing to get myself ready to go because I've always liked playing for Canada."

Meanwhile, Leafs captain Mats Sundin has announced he won't play in Sweden this season.


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