NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 3: Wade Redden #6 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against the Atlanta Thrashers during the game on February 3, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Blues have traded defenseman Wade Redden to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft, as reported by Jeremy Rutherford. The pick is a conditional one. If Redden plays at least one playoff game for the Bruins, the seventh-round pick becomes a sixth-round pick.
Redden leaves the Blues after signing a one-year, $800,000 contract (with $200,000 in potential bonuses) with the team after his previous contract was bought out by the New York Rangers.
The Blues had defensemen to spare after they brought in Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester, making the Redden trade a rather obvious case of dumping a spare part for a pick.
Redden appeared in 23 games with the Blues, scoring two goals, three assists while earning a (-2) rating. Redden's game was slow to develop upon arriving with the club, a clear sign that he had plenty of rust after spending considerable time down in the AHL.
However, as time went on, Redden worked through the rust and became a pretty solid defenseman. In the month of March, Redden scored three assists and was a +4 in 13 games.
When the Blues acquired Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester, the Blues were left with nine defenseman. A decision had to be made and Redden was the odd man out. Other potential trade options such as Ian Cole or Kris Russell possess a much larger upside when compared to the now traded Redden. It's nice to see the team hang on to both men now that the deadline has passed.
For the Blues, this situation played out rather nicely. They were hurting on defense, so they signed Redden to a cheap contract. He played fairly well and when the Blues were able to bolster their defense with some impressive names, Redden was dealt for a pick.