April 3, 2013

Bruins bolster blue line with addition of Redden

By Jesse Connolly

On a Trade Deadline Day that was severely lacking in entertainment value until the final hour, the Bruins made a largely-unspectacular but decidedly-solid move before the proverbial clock struck midnight.

Boston reeled in defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues. Redden is a veteran of 1,017 NHL games. He was teammates with current Bruins Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly in Ottawa.

The 35-year-old rearguard was in his first season in St. Louis after being buried in the AHL for the past two years by the New York Rangers. With the Blues, he had 2-3-5 totals and a minus-2 rating in 23 games.

Redden’s days of being a top-pairing blueliner are well behind him. He’s average around 15 minutes of ice time per night and has topped 20 minutes just once on the year. Still, he’s a veteran presence with plenty of playoff experience that can still hold his own in a “bottom four” role.

For his services, the Bruins parted with a conditional seventh-round pick that’ll get bumped up to a sixth-round draft choice should Redden appear in a playoff game for the Black and Gold.

Sauve flipped for Flick

Max Sauve, a second-round pick of the Bruins in 2008, was traded to Chicago for Rob Flick, a fourth-round pick of the Blackhawks’ in 2010.

Sauve, 23, has had a plethora of injury woes during his time in the B’s organization – including four minutes into his NHL debut last season, which he left after hurting his hip. The Tours, France, native had a career-high 21 goals in 61 games in his first full pro season in 2010-11 but played in just 39 games the following season.

He departs Providence having posted 10-13-23 totals in 52 tilts in 2012-13.

Flick, 21, is in his second pro season. He split last year between the AHL and ECHL. This year, he has three goals and two assists through 51 games, along with 97 penalty minutes. He’s expected to provide a boost to the pipeline in the toughness department following yesterday’s trade that sent Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne to Dallas in exchange for Jaromir Jagr.

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