A look back at a memorable Prospects Game and what the Rangers’ options are with Redden

Taylor Hall starred in the CHL Top Prospects Game as a member of the Windsor Spitfires where he played from 2007-08 to 2009-10. (Tabercil/Wikimedia Commons)

Taylor Hall starred in the CHL Top Prospects Game as a member of the Windsor Spitfires where he played from 2007-08 to 2009-10. (Tabercil/Wikimedia Commons)

The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is set to take place next Wednesday, January 16 in Halifax Nova Scotia. The annual game, coached by Bobby Orr and Don Cherry is one of the best places each year for scouts and fans alike to catch a glimpse of the best young talent the game has to offer leading up to the draft in June. Paul Krotz takes a look back at the 2010 Prospects Game on the Ontario League’s website when Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, both battling to be selected first overall, went head-to-head in Windsor, Ontario, home to Hall’s Spitfires. It was Hall who, with the game tied at two, led a shorthanded rush that put Team Cherry up for good midway through the third period. Jeff Skinner also had a memorable performance that year who had a goal and two points before being selected seventh overall by Carolina and winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2011.

In total there are 14 players representing the OHL this year, 12 from the Quebec Major Junior League and 14 from the Western League. Complete rosters can be viewed on the Prospects Game’s official website.

The game will be at 7:00 Eastern Time on Sportsnet and the NHL Network.

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The New York Rangers have had an easy solution to a big problem the past two seasons, burying defenseman Wade Redden’s $6.5 million contract in the minors so his obscene contract would not have to count against the salary cap. But with the new CBA ratified, teams can no longer hide big contracts in the minors, so as TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports, the Rangers are left with three options.

The first is they would have to offer prospects and/or draft picks to a team well below the salary cap in order to entice them to take on Redden, but for a team that has built a solid foundation for the first time in years, depleting that talent is not really a viable way to go.

The second option is to keep Redden in the minors where his cap hit would still count, but they would be able to use a compliance buyout on him which is available to all teams starting next summer.

However, should Redden get hurt and the injury carries over to the summer, they would have to keep him on the roster because teams cannot buyout injured players leading to the third option, keeping him on the roster and not playing him at all this season.

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Just like former former Flyer Jeremy Roenick, left wing Scott Hartnell may have a career in film once his hockey playing days are over. Having made a cameo appearance in the new Judd Apatow movie This Is 40 alongside Ian Laperriere, Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk, Hartnell gained a new appreciation for the work put in by actors and directors. Via Sam Carchidi of Philly.com:

“If you go by my Twitter mentions by all the fans out there, I think I have a second career after hockey,” he joked.

Laperriere said that of the four with a Flyers connection in the movie, Hartnell is the only one who wants to go into show business.

“He’s full of beep,” Hartnell said with a laugh.

-Tim Kolupanowich



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