Wade Redden had it made in Ottawa for many years.
He was loved by the fans. He was easily the team’s top defenceman. He was always talked about for Olympic rosters, showing he was one of Canada’s top defencemen.
In his last year or two, he fell out of favour with some of the Sens fans. Apparently, he nixed deals that would have seen him traded. He wasn’t able to play up to the same standard he once did.
But looking back on his career now, his time with the Sens was simply amazing.
He scored a goal on his first ever NHL shift. He holds the record for most career goals, assists, points, plus minus in regular season among Sens defencemen.
He is third all-time in playoff points, and second in assists.
He played in two all-star games.
But there are really two stats that jump out when discussing Wade Redden.
The first: He had more powerplay goals with the Sens (51) than even strength goals (49). Kinda helps show why the Sens had such a good powerplay for so many years.
The second: The team made the playoffs every single season Wade Redden played in Ottawa. Since he left, the Sens have missed the playoffs two out of three years.
Wade Redden is the best defencemen the team has ever had, and one of the best players they’ve ever seen.