Redden Milestone....Contract year for Patrik Berglund....and More
After being relegated to AHL status, Wade Redden was stuck on 994 NHL games for two full years. While he always believed he’d get back to the NHL he had no idea when that day would come.
1,000 games played is one of the few benchmark statistics that helps define a player’s career. It shows longevity, consistency, durability, and most importantly ability. You can’t fake your way into playing 1,000 games, you better be good if you expect hang around this long.
It’s pretty hard not to respect a guy like Redden. Sure he was making millions of dollars during his stint in the minors but how many would have handled the situation as well as he has?
It’s amazing how your opinion of a player changes after being around him. Not that I thought Redden was a bad guy but his reputation took a hit once the Rangers pushed him aside. It’s easy to place judgment on people but I’m not so sure many had an accurate read on Wade Redden.
Perception isn’t always reality and in a professional sports world of spoiled millionaires, selfishness, and negativity, it’s good to come across these types of people every now and then. There’s something to be said for athletes like Redden and those who overcome adverse situations..
So after waiting two long years to scratch his way back to the NHL, Redden will celebrate his 1,000 NHL game this week in a St. Louis Blues uniform.
There are only a handful of players to reach this milestone and with everything going on the last few weeks ther'es been limited time to reflect.
He’s done his best on the ice to get up to speed with limited practice time. The Blues have done a nice job of making him feel comfortable and he feels his game is improving. Little things such as touch passes and the timing required to play at this level always takes time.
These milestones are always more special when accomplished at home, even though Redden has played just two games at the Scottrade Center as a member of the Blues.
Redden says he’ll be thinking about the other NHL teams he’s played for, most notably the Ottawa Senators. He had a great run there and tells me Captain Daniel Alfredsson has had the biggest influence on his career.
A number of family members including his Dad, brother, sister, his in-laws, and aunts and uncles will be in attendance throughout the upcoming four-game home stand.
The Blues are setting up his family and will likely recognize Redden prior to Thursday’s game against Detroit.
The second overall selection in the 1995 draft, Redden will become the sixth player from that draft to play 1,000 NHL games.
Blues Still Looking to Take the Next Step….
As impressive as the Blues have been to begin the season they still have some work to do before they take the next step.
I won’t take anything away from this group but as Jamie Langenbrunner tells me, finding ways to win in Chicago and in Detroit are humps this club still needs to get over.
It didn’t help playing both of these teams on the back end of back-to-back games but these are certainly opponents you measure yourself against.
Winning these games is what taking the next step is which is what the Blues will need to do if they’re going to make a serious run.
Ken Hitchcock says you need to find a way even when adversity strikes.
Look no further but center Patrik Berglund is tied for the team lead in goals through the first eight games. Many of his goals have been scored in front of the net where he has to play if he’s going to have success. His three power play goals lead the team and among the league leaders.
Berglund is still finding his way playing with Chris Stewart as the two don’t necessarily bleed chemistry. Consistency has been the biggest battle for Berglund throughout his NHL career and this is a big year for this guy. With David Perron and TJ Oshie signing long-term deals last sumer, you can safely assume Berglund will be looking for a contract in the five-year range. I don’t anticipate serious talks to happen until after the season.
If Travis Zajac is worth eight-years, $46 mill, how does that impact Berglund’s value?
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