Yesterday's vote was the closest in the Not-So-Sweet Sixteen to date, but in the end, Brian Campbell ended up dusting one of Glen Sather's boys to move on to the next round where he'll meet Vincent Lecavalier. But today's match-up ensures that at least one Sather contract will make it to the next round as Wade Redden and Derek Boogaard clash in a contest between Sather's two stupidest contracts since arriving in New York. I'll make the case for each player after the jump, and also debut the snazzy new Not-So-Sweet Sixteen bracket that Derek (Zona not Boogaard) so helpfully created.
This contract is truly awful, and no one will argue otherwise. Redden can refuse a trade to eight teams, but all thirty have already taken a pass on him, so that's not really all that relevant. He's been waived and found wanting, and now plies his trade in the AHL where he's had a pretty good season offensively (eight goals and thirty-one assists in sixty-three games), but his -5 rating is fourth-worst on the team. He may not be crippling New York's cap since they've decided to bury him and have the resources to do so, but even New York has a budget for their hockey team, and there's no question that they could spend twenty-three million dollars a whole lot more effectively over the next four years.
Or maybe not. One of the guys Redden was banished to make room for is Derek Boogaard, a man with one goal over his last five seasons. I am fully confident that Boogaard provides negative value (and karma) to any team he plays for. Redden obviously makes more money, and his presence in the AHL demonstrates that his contract is seen by the Rangers as the bigger burden, but it's not unfathomable to suggest that if Redden were playing in the NHL, he would at least offer some value to his team. Derek Boogaard does not. His contract is more money and more term than any goon I can remember. That's stupid enough to make him a contender.