(HockeyStL) -- The Blues, for the most part, were quiet on Wednesday as the trade deadline passed at 2 p.m. CT. The team did make one move right before the deadline arrived as they traded defenseman Wade Redden to the Boston Bruins for a conditional 2014 seventh-round pick.
The move was not at all surprising with the Blues having nine defensemen on their National Hockey League (NHL) roster. Redden was an obvious choice for the Blues to move.
Redden cleared waivers and was bought out by the New York Rangers on Jan. 17. The Blues signed Redden to a one-year, $800,000 contract the following day to add depth to their blueline. Redden got off to a great start with the Blues, scoring goals in two of his first three games. Recently, the Blues have acquired two new defensemen in Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester, meaning the team no longer had a need for Redden’s services.
Like Redden, both Bouwmeester and Leopold are left-handed defensemen. The Blues also have Ian Cole and Kris Russell as extra left-handed blueliners.
Redden, 35, played in 23 games for the Blues this season. He had five points (two goals, three assists) and was averaging 14 minutes, 59 seconds of ice time per game, which was last on the team.
In his career, Redden has played in 1,017 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, the Rangers, and the Blues. The Blues honored Redden for his 1,000th career game on Feb. 17.
In Boston, Redden will be reunited with a former teammate, and fellow defenseman Zdeno Chara. Redden and Chara played together on the Ottawa Senators for several years in the 2000s. The two were the team’s best defensemen at the time. After Chara left the Senators to join the Bruins, Redden and the Senators took a trip to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals
Redden will likely be a part of the Bruins’ third pairing this season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.