Redden's refusal part of growing trend

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

The news Ottawa's Wade Redden refused to waive his no-trade clause and a trade to San Jose is a surprise in today's NHL.

Actually, it's surprising more players don't do the same.

The number of players around the league with no-trade or no-movement clauses appears to be growing, so expect to hear of more instances where the player refuses to move.

For example, the Flames have upwards of a half-dozen players who currently have or will have those clauses in deals that kick in next season.

But now we're hearing teams don't like the effects.

Flames head coach Mike Keenan, who's been a GM a few times over his career, has a simple solution. Accept the situation.

"If you don't want them to have it, then don't give it to them," he said. "It's part of negotiating. Some (players) will say, 'I'm not going to sign.' It's part of the climate you're dealing with today."

Doug Weight reportedly was told by the St. Louis Blues his ice time would diminish if he didn't agree to a trade to the Anaheim Ducks.

(By the way, anybody wondering how that will impact the Blues' negotiations with free agents in the future?)

On the surface, it's easy to say players should like it or lump it, but they're only using what they negotiated.

"Usually, in order to get that in your contract, you have to give something up," said Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr, who has a no-movement clause in the five-year deal that kicks in next season.

"As a player, whether it's money or term, something, that's what negotiations are about. That's why it's a big deal to the player. You're not only uprooting your family, you're giving up something you sacrificed to get.

"That's why it's a little bigger deal than people realize."

And could become a bigger issue down the road.

FLAMING C-NOTES

A plea to Flames fans at the Saddledome: Please stop yelling, "You suck" to the opposition goaltender in the middle of the national anthems. It's classless and embarrassing. Hey, we're all for heckling if that floats your boat, but do it in the nearly three hours outside of those few minutes ... Want to play a fun game of connect the dots? At the Flames game in San Jose, there were no fewer than eight NHL scouts, six of which we noted from Eastern Conference clubs, including Gordie Roberts (Montreal) and Joe Nieuwendyk (Florida). There, that will refuel those rumours of a pending deal between the Flames and Canadiens -- Alex Tanguay -- or the Panthers -- Olli Jokinen. Ottawa, Washington, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Chicago and the New York Rangers also had representatives on hand.

LEAGUE WIDE

Here's a name to consider in the Hart Trophy race, Evgeni Malkin. In the dozen games since Sidney Crosby went down with his ankle injury, the Penguins have gone 6-4-2, and Malkin has pocketed 10 goals and 13 assists. Malkin had eight goals and three assists in a half-dozen games before Sid the Kid was hurt ... Speaking of the Pens, do you think the Flames might be interested in acquiring defenceman Brooks Orpik? ... Welcome to the world of economics, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings. The Stars announced they will drop prices of some 4,000 upper-bowl seats an average of 37% for those buying season tickets. Meanwhile, the Red Wings, whose building had plenty of empty seats lately will drop ticket prices for the opening round of the playoffs to a range from $36 to $110 from the $63 to $144 it was last spring.

QUOTE TO NOTE

Those worried the Feb. 26 trade deadline will be a dud should feel safe because Anaheim GM Brian Burke said during a conference call there will be plenty of deals.

"The pressure to win is so intense and unrelenting and unremitting that we, as a group, make horrible, horrible decisions at the trade deadline," he said.

"You guys (the media) aren't going to let a guy sit there for three or four years and not do much with the deadline and go out in the first round and say; 'Well, he's husbanding his assets wisely. He's marshalling his assets wisely. This is a sharp guy.' You're all going to say; 'Put him on a rail and throw some tar on him and get him out of town.'

"The pressure on the manager doesn't ever change," he continued.

"Our job is to win."


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