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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Weekend wrap: Redden, Savard, more

By Pierre LeBrun

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The NHL's head office may soon add another former big-name player to its ranks.

Having already brought in Brendan Shanahan last year as the league's vice president of hockey and business affairs, two sources have told ESPN.com that Rob Blake could be next.

Blake, who retired this past summer after a star-studded career, is slated to meet with league officials this upcoming week to see if there's a fit for him. The idea is he would work alongside Shanahan, although remain based in Southern California.

Blake told ESPN.com during this past postseason that he wanted to remain involved in hockey after his playing career was over. He's always been one of the brighter minds in the game, taking an active role in NHL Players' Association affairs and being an original member of the competition committee after the lockout. Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice president and director of hockey operations, has spoke highly of Blake for his competition committee work.

Blake's relationships with Campbell and Shanahan are key factors in the league's interest in him.

Theodore in Minny?
With Josh Harding likely out for the season with a serious knee injury, a source told ESPN.com on Saturday that the Minnesota Wild are looking at unrestricted free-agent netminder Jose Theodore as a possible replacement for the backup netminder. It doesn't mean the Wild will end up signing him, but a source confirmed they were looking at the veteran Theodore.

Redden update
Talk about the high and lows of life these days for Wade Redden.

On the one hand, he just welcomed his first child into the world this past week, a baby girl. Then, on Saturday morning, he finds out from New York Rangers GM Glen Sather that he's been put on waivers, which will pave the way for his eventual demotion to the AHL. The Rangers want to erase the defenseman's $6.5 million cap hit.

"There's a lot of stuff going through my head right now," Redden told ESPN.com on Saturday.

He said the birth of his child outweighs anything else.

"That kind of takes precedence over everything," Redden said. "We just got home yesterday from the hospital. Everyone is doing well."

Redden's waiver period ends Monday at noon ET. Then, if he clears waivers, the cap-challenged Rangers will at some point officially send him to Hartford of the AHL. It is then up to Redden to report if he wants to protect the four years and $23 million left on his contract.

"I really don't have any conclusions right now," Redden said. "I got to take this time and see what develops. But at this point, I don't have any answers for you. We'll see what happens. I haven't made any decisions yet. I have some time to think about it."

He's not shocked it has happened since it's been rumored all summer long, but he wished he could have played at least one preseason game. The next logical step is to resume his career in Hartford and see where that takes him.

"Hopefully I can get somewhere where I can play and enjoy the game again," Redden said.

Redden is a classy guy; hopefully this all works out for him.

Savard update
Marc Savard cleared the air on his situation after meeting with local media in Boston on Saturday.

Apart from confirming he's been grounded by post-concussion syndrome, he also revealed to reporters that one of the most prevailing symptoms in his battle was depression. That's common for players recovering from post-concussion syndrome.

"I talked to him today, he's getting better," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com on Saturday. "I'm not a doctor, but in talking to him and having seen him the week before and a week and half before that, he's getting better."

But he's not skating right now, and that's not going to happen soon.

"He'll have to go through normal protocol and pass all the tests, and once he's through that, we'll bring him along slowly," Chiarelli said. "He may be a month, a month and a half from officially getting on the ice. It could be two months, I don't know. It's tough to tell."

This and that
• Marek Svatos, unable to land an NHL job this summer, was in his native Slovakia on Saturday, arranging for a Russian visa after agreeing to join Omsk of the KHL on Friday.

• The Ducks have tried Bobby Ryan at center during camp/preseason, and if they like what they see, that'll stick with it and make Saku Koivu their third-line center. Having Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan and Koivu as your 1-2-3 punch at center certainly wouldn't be too shabby. Ryan played center with Teemu Selanne on his right wing Saturday night in Vancouver.

• Speaking of the Ducks, word is they covet Canucks blueliner Kevin Bieksa; but, for the time being, with Sami Salo injured long-term, Vancouver isn't in a hurry to move a defenseman.