From Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post:
Apparently, the Rangers had a decision to make between hard-hitting Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik (who was believed to be looking for a deal in the 4 years, $20-million range) and Redden. They chose Redden, and if Orpik signs out of the Division, everyone will be thanking them.
Read more from The Blue Seats here.
Nothing like the free agent market to inflate the value of both of these players. Regardless, Redden should be the better fit in NY because of his puck-moving skills and ability to quarterback the power play.