Boston Bruins acquire Wade Redden

The Boston Bruins have obtained defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues for a conditional seventh round draft pick. If Redden plays in one or more playoff games this season then the seventh round pick will become a sixth round pick. The Bruins waited until the last minute to do this trade, right before the trade deadline (3:00 P.M. ET).

For you long time hockey fans, this trade may seem pretty ironic for you. For those of you who haven’t been around that long, here’s the story. Wade Redden was traded to the Senators for the 1996-1997 season, and excelled in Ottowa. He led the Senators to the playoffs the first year he was there, made the All-Star team, made the Canadian national team, along with numerous other achievements.

When the time came that Wade Redden’s contract time was up, the Senators had to choose between signing him and Zdeno Chara. Both players were the top defensemen in Ottowa, but the Senators chose to sign back Redden to a two year, $13 million contract as he was said to be the better player. Zdeno Chara was signed by the Boston Bruins, and the rest is history, as he became one of the best defensemen in the league.

Chara and Redden on the Senators

Chara and Redden on the Senators

Redden stayed with the Senators through their slump in the 2007-08 season, and said he wanted to lead the team to a Stanley Cup. That never happened, because the next year he became a free agent and signed a 6 year contract with the New York Rangers. Redden’s played horribly during his time with the Rangers, and was assigned to the AHL, and he eventually had his contract bought out by the Rangers. He was signed to the St. Louis Blues during this season, and had 2 goals and 3 assists so far. Redden was most recently traded to the Bruins today.

And here we are.

This move is likely an add to increase overall team production and team chemistry, both of which are what the Bruins are known for. Wade Redden is known to be a great passer, with great vision when at the blue line. He can set up plays and boost overall team production with his play, which is good for a team that has trouble producing on the power play. He could also provide some veteran leadership along with Jaromír Jágr. The reunion of Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden could become an interesting topic too, though it doesn’t have much potential for better team production.

Hopefully these Bruins moves bring us the final pieces of the puzzle to lead us to another Stanley Cup victory!

-Preston
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