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Redden officially joins Blues, can’t play yet

Jan 20, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

Wade Redden Rangers

Wade Redden has officially inked a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues, according to the team’s website.

The Blues didn’t release the terms of the deal, but it was previously reported that Redden agreed to a salary of $800,000 (pro-rated).

The 35-year-old defenseman is looking to restart his NHL career after being bought out by the New York Rangers, but he won’t be able to make his Blues debut yet.

Although he’s traveling with the team, he’s currently ineligible to play due to immigration issues. St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Jeremy Rutherford specified that Redden won’t play in Monday’s game against Nashville.

When Redden is finally able to return, he will participate in his first NHL contest since April 11, 2010. He was previously relegated to the minors by the Rangers to avoid his $6.5 million cap hit.

  1. bcjim - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Immigration issues?

    A little explanation would be appropriate.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      It’s probably because he has a new employer and his immigrations status is dependent upon his employer

  2. esracerx46 - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Weird. He was playing in the AHL last year. Talk about not being prepared.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      It has nothing to do with preparedness

  3. vindicatus - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Maybe the poor Rags should have kept him. Maybe they could have used him tonight. Someone remind the Pens that this “best team on paper” is supposed to win the Cup this year.

  4. augsburg12 - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Who cares? over paid again..

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