Friday, April 5, 2013
B's Redden expects to fit right in
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Wade Redden, the newest member of the Boston Bruins’ defensive core, practiced Friday with his new team at Ristuccia Arena in preparation to face the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at Bell Center in Montreal.
Wearing No. 6, the veteran defenseman -- whom the Bruins acquired from St. Louis prior to Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline -- seemed to fit in nicely. The 35-year-old blueliner spent the majority of his career with the Ottawa Senators, where current Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli worked prior to coming to Boston.
“I was excited,” Redden said. “I know Peter real well, too, and he’s a great guy, a great hockey man. Obviously, he’s done a lot of great things here and he’s led this team to the ultimate, so I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Redden was also a longtime Senators teammate of Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and forward Chris Kelly in Ottawa.
“It felt comfortable coming in here and knowing a few guys,” admitted Redden. “I know Z, and Kells, obviously played a long time with those guys and I was real close with them. It’s great to be back with them.”
Redden joins a blue line stacked with defensemen, including Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, Aaron Johnson and Adam McQuaid (currently out with a shoulder injury).
“I’ll fit in where they need me,” Redden said. “They’ve got a pretty good defense already, so I’m just going to fill in where things open up, or they feel where they want to use me. The guys they’ve got have been doing a great job and I’m going to try to support that.
“It felt good to get on the ice and practice with them. I’m excited about being here.”
His presence will add some depth for the stretch run and into the playoffs, where he’s had plenty of experience during his career.