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Redden agrees to one-year deal with the Blues

Jan 18, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

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Wade Redden will attempt to resurrect his NHL career with the Blues.

One day after being bought out by the Rangers, the 35-year-old has agreed to join St. Louis on a one-year contract with a salary of $800,000 (pro-rated).

“Wade is a solid two-way defenseman,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong in a release.  “We believe his experience will complement and add stability to our defensive core.”

Redden has spent the last two seasons in the AHL, a victim of previous poor play at the NHL level combined with a six-year, $39 million contract he signed in the summer of 2008.

Last season with the Connecticut Whale, he had 20 points (4G, 16A) in 49 games.

Redden was once in the NHL’s upper echelon of defensemen. Drafted second overall in 1995, his best days were in Ottawa where he played 11 seasons from 1996-2008.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Solid, cheap acquisition for the Blues. Makes this contender even deeper.

  2. bcsteele - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I’m really excited to see the Blues play this year. With this signing the least we get is a depth guy for a bargain price. Can’t go wrong here. We’re looking pretty solid on paper.

  3. ThatGuy - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Damn solid pick up for the Blues. Wish the Wild has an open contract slot to make that move.

  4. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Good for him and good for the Blues. There are so many teams that could use a veteran Dman on the cheap, wonder how many offers he had.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Wings could use some veteran D help but decided not to even make an offer, and they have intel from one of Redden’s former coaches, now with the wings. Makes ya wonder.

      • bcsteele - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        It doesn’t matter for what he’s locked up for and that price. The Blues D is deep enough without him. Either Redden will be a pleasent surprise and step up or he’ll just get burried in the depth chart.

        I’m not saying I disagree with you and the Wings have made their success over the past two decades around smart decisions so it wouldn’t surprise me if they have some “intel” and why they didn’t make an offer (for all we know they did and its not public) but this move really has no way of hurting the Blues.

      • almacinnishof2007 - Jan 18, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        Makes you wonder…what? Perhaps you’re right. I mean, the Red Wings did sign Carlo Colaiacovo to replace Lidstrom (a GOAT candidate). Talk about depth, name another defenseman on Detroit beside Kronwall. Turns out Hitch and Army have some intel too: Carlo has already played his best hockey. By the end of last season, he was clearly the Blues’ 5th or 6th best d man.

  5. bcjim - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    LOL..

    @earlsleek: St. Louis agrees to sign Wade Redden, under the condition that he change his last name to Bluen.

  6. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Not the league min.

  7. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Oh and 6 teams are interested in Gomez, so he won’t be playing for the league min. either.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      NJ Devils, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and another team

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Just can’t get excited about this move. Redden is after all an AHL player paid what he will be worth, which is approximately 400k this year.

  9. stevedurbano - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    2 way contract?

    • stevedurbano - Jan 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      How do you get 2 down votes for asking a question?

      • jtrain1966 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        Better question is : How do you get 4 thumbs down, for two different comments ?

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