The St. Louis Blues took a gamble on the veteran defenseman when they signed him for a one-year $800,000 early in year.
When Redden was in his NHL prime, his points totals usually hovered around 35-50, but this year he has managed just two goals and three assists in 23 games played. He will now have the opportunity to play on a better team in Boston, where he’ll have more opportunities to succeed and prove his worth.
In 2010, the New York Rangers buried Redden’s contract in the American Hockey League, because of his less-than-impressive play. In 161 games with the Rangers, he recorded just 40 points. His minor league career was short-lived (two seasons), and saw Redden slightly improve, but not equivalent to even “average” by NHL standards.
Since the Blues traded for top pairing defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, it changed their blueline structure, and made him expendable.
Boston will use Redden as a rental player for this season, with no obligation past the playoffs.
In return for Wade Redden, the St. Louis Blues received a conditional, 7th round pick in next year’s draft.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the condition is as follows:
“If Redden plays one or more playoff games for the Bruins, the pick becomes a 5th rounder [in the same draft].”
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