Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Source: Bruins get depth D-man Redden
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Just before Wednesday’s trade deadline, the Boston Bruins pulled off a trade for veteran defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a draft pick, a team source told ESPNBoston.com. The pick is reportedly a seventh-rounder in 2014.
Redden joins future Hall of Fame winger Jaromir Jagr and AHL center Rob Flick as the team’s additions for the stretch run.
The 35-year-old Redden will be reunited with former Ottawa Senators teammate and current Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. The two played together in Ottawa from 2001-2006.
Redden, a former first-round draft pick (second overall), played 23 games for the Blues this season. He spent the previous two seasons in the AHL with the New York Rangers' affiliate, the Connecticut Whale.
When Chiarelli was first hired by the Bruins prior to the 2006-2007 season, Redden and Chara were both on the on Boston’s radar before Chara signed as free agent.
Redden adds depth to Boston’s blue line. It was not immediately clear whether the Bruins consider him a top-six defender.
The Bruins sent AHL forward Max Suave to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Flick.
The 22-year-old Flick played 51 games for the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs this season, and collected three goals and two assists for five points. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder also has 97 penalty minutes. Chicago drafted him in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2010 NHL draft.
The Bruins originally drafted Sauve in the second round (47th overall) in the 2008 draft. He’s spent the last three seasons with the P-Bruins and never developed the way the Bruins hoped he would. In 52 games this season in Providence, Sauve recorded 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points, including a plus-3 rating.
Information from ESPNBoston.com's James Murphy was used in this report.