July 25, 2007
Wade's worldMurray: Redden nixed trade
By DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media
Bryan Murray had Wade Redden traded last month.
But the deal was swiped off the table by the veteran defenceman.
"I'm not shopping him around at all," Murray said yesterday when asked about the status of Redden, the team's top paid player at $6.5 million (all terms US) a season and unrestricted free-agent eligible next July.
"I had a conversation at the draft, there was a deal I could go with, but (Redden) decided he didn't want to be traded.
"That's what a no-trade (clause) is. At this moment, Wade will be in Ottawa."
Redden had early injuries and struggled through much of the 2006-07 season. While there's been talk the Oilers were interested in obtaining him, another rumour had Redden going to the Sharks for centre Patrick Marleau.
Set to make $4.5 million in the upcoming season, Marleau is also eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Meanwhile, the Senators' blue-line corps should also include Christoph Schubert when training camp starts. Schubert, who played mostly left wing last season, avoided an arbitration hearing yesterday when he signed a three-year, $2.65-million deal.
At just under $900,000 a season, the deal is a coup for the Senators.
Schubert, a 25-year-old German who cracked the NHL in 2005-06, had eight goals, 17 assists and a plus-30 rating last season.
He was selected as a defenceman in the fourth round of the 2001 draft and spent three years in Binghamton playing his natural position.
The loss of Tom Preissing to unrestricted free agency was expected to spell the end of Schubert's days as a hard-skating, hard-hitting fourth line winger.
"It depends on if I sign another defenceman," Murray said when asked about the team's plans for Schubert, who was a forward for 51 games last year. "We'll probably practise him on defence (at camp) and we can always move him up. He needs some experience (on defence) and he can get it during the pre-season."