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===New York Rangers===
===New York Rangers===
On July 1, 2008, Wade signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the New York Rangers.
His performance continued to decline in New York where he faced considerable criticism. One writer for the New York Post even called the contract "the worst in the history of the NHL, if not in the history of hard-cap pro sports."
On September 25, 2010, the Rangers placed Wade on waivers, the result of the defenseman's declining play. The move also allowed the Rangers to fit under salary cap.
Speaking in 2013 on his stint with the Rangers, Wade said:
"''I think maybe making that money there and being the player I am… I felt like the first little while, things were going pretty good, and then they kind of fell off. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough, and like I should have been doing more. Once I started feeling that way, I think I just got away from the things that made me successful. Things just kind of snowballed from there''."
Wade cleared waivers and was assigned to the Rangers' minor league farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack becoming the highest-paid player in the history of the American Hockey League in the process.
Wade (who admitted contemplating retirement) decided to report and play for Hartford.
Of his ill-fated signing with the Rangers, one newspaper later commented that "''through no fault of his own, (Wade) has become the poster-boy for free-agent foolishness''."
In 2011–12, Wade served as the captain of the Connecticut Whale, formerly known as the Hartford Wolf Pack.
At the time of the NHL 2012 lockout, the Rangers decided not to transfer Redden to the AHL roster, thereby not having to pay his salary during the dispute.
When the lockout was settled, the new collective agreement directly affected Redden in two ways (it forced teams to count any AHL player's salary above $900,000 against its NHL cap and it allowed for up to two contracts per team to be bought out for up to two-thirds of the remaining salary) without the buyout not counting against the cap in the 2013 and/or 2014 off-seasons so as to help teams get under the reduced cap, also known as a compliance buyout.
However, the buyouts cannot be used on injured players. To avoid any risk of a hockey-related injury, the Rangers originally instructed Wade to simply not report to camp.
While this meant that Wade (along with Scott Gomez of the Montreal Canadiens, who was in a similar situation) would still have been paid his pro-rated 2012-13 salary despite not playing, the NHLPA was concerned that for Redden and Gomez to be forced to spend an entire year away from hockey would adversely affect their ability to find employment elsewhere in the NHL during the 2013 off-season, even at a much reduced salary.
On January 15th (in order to avoid this process), the CBA was revised to allow teams to use one of their two compliance buyouts prior to the start of the shortened 2013 season, with the provision that the players bought out in such a way would still be paid their pro-rated but otherwise full 2012-13 salaries (which would still count against the 2012-13 cap) and with the buyout of the subsequent years otherwise proceeding as originally intended.
With the revised agreement in place, Wade was waived by the Rangers on January 16, 2013 and cleared waivers the following day.
After a compliance buyout from the Rangers was completed, he became a free agent for the first time since 2008.
On January 18, 2013 (on the eve of the shortened 2012–13 season), Wade signed a one-year $800,000 deal with the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues activated Wade on January 23, 2013, opening the door for him to play the following night against the Nashville Predators. To make room for him, the Blues demoted [[Ian Cole]] to Peoria of the AHL.
On January 24, 2013, Wade played his first NHL game since April 11, 2010 against the Nashville Predators.
On January 26, 2013, Wade scored his first goal back against the Dallas Stars and played his 1,000th career NHL game on February 7, 2013 against the Detroit Red Wings.
At the 2013 NHL trade deadline, Wade was traded to the Boston Bruins for a conditional 7th round pick in 2014 on April 3, 2013.
The Bruins hoped Wade would rediscover the chemistry that he had with Chara and return to elite form even though he was a non-factor for the Bruins.
In six regular-season games with the Bruins, he scored one goal and had one assist.
In Wade's first playoff game since the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, he scored a goal and added an assist in the Bruins' 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On January 9, 2014, Wade officially announced his retirement from professional hockey.
==Career Statistics==
==Career Statistics==
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