Not living in the Ottawa region I had no idea that Wade was that involved in the community. Not that we get that much Senators news here in LeafLand about what the Ottawa players do off the ice, but we do hear a little. I don't think I've ever heard Redden's community work off the ice mentioned. Of course your right that it means nothing on the ice or the scoreboard.
I know that many, many players, here and all around the League, do lots for their communities. And I have heard many sportscasters say that hockey players are amazing with their good will (but good news does not sell newspapers, so most of us have no idea of all that is done...for players in any league). But in the case of Wade, he bought a luxury box (at the lowest level, I do believe) his first season here and has maintained it since and it is used exclusively for sick kids, shut in at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Every game, including playoffs, these kids are chauffeured to the rink, have all their favourite (and permitted) foods in the suite and with the appropriate staff for the ones who are most ill. He buys paraphernalia for them all too. He has been doing this for eleven years! He has worked it out with Staff at the hospital and they select the kids who go, etc. He also arranges for autographed stuff for the kids from their favourite players. He often goes over to the hospital for private visits with the kids and staff that I know who work there say that although many of the Sens are involved with the facility, Wade is the most involved. There is a wall that a large mural was made for Wade as a tribute to all he has done for the kids there and it is lovely!
He has also been the "honourary" chairman of the Sixty-Five Roses chapter in this city for a long, long time. That is the cystic fibrosis association and although it was started many years ago with a former Ottawa Rough Rider as the honourary chair, when the Riders ran into difficulties, Wade was here and he stepped up big time. He is an extremely active "honourary" chair for this group and I have seen him at galas lending his time and his name to bring in not only his team-mates but draw people to the cause.
Those are but two of the good causes that he has participated in but he is seen far and wide in the region and, as I mentioned before, many of the other Sens are quite involved as well but, when it comes to leadership, I do believe that Wade has been a major motivator in getting his mates involved.
Not a reason to keep him as a member of the team, I realize. But certainly would be a huge loss to the community if he ever leaves. I have seen what he has done and I will always cheer him on, wherever he goes, for all the good that he has done in this community.
Well, now that you mention it
I only caught the 3rd period last night and that's what I saw.
Anyway... I would say if Redden were to take the equivilent of what Kaberle is making (4ish, I think)...that would be fair. I just don't think Redden is a clutch player....not since signing the 6.5 million deal he is currently getting.
He just looks uncomfortable on the ice these days. struggling...trying to not make mistakes....
Give him average pay...take the pressure off him in terms of playing to match the salary and he'll turn things around.
Excellent post and great point! I was at the game last night and I thought Wade had an excellent game other than that hiccup! I am hopeful that he will get his 'game' back. I personally would love to see him stay here, but I know that realistically that likely will not be the case.