April 3rd, 2013 by

Bruins acquire Redden on light deadline day for Chiarelli

Bruins acquire Redden on light deadline day for Chiarelli

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Just 24 hours after acquiring Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli made a couple of additional moves on the day of the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline.

As announced by Comcast SportsNet New England, and confirmed by numerous other reports (including ESPN Boston’s James Murphy), Chiarelli acquired St. Louis Blues defenseman Wade Redden in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in 2014, which could turn into a sixth round pick if he plays in one game during this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Redden, once considered an “elite” defenseman by some, has seen his share of struggles since Zdeno Chara left Ottawa to come to Boston after the 2005-06 campaign. During that ’05-’06 season, Redden tallied career highs in points (50), assists (40) and plus/minus (35) in 65 games.

Since then, Redden has tallied just 119 points (18 goals, 101 assists) in 303 games and spent two seasons with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League – just two years after signing with the New York Rangers – before joining the Blues for the 2013 season.

In 23 games with St. Louis, Redden tallied five points (two goals, three assists) while averaging nearly 15 minutes a night – including an average of 50 seconds on the power play.

If anything, this is just a move to add some depth to the Bruins blue-line, which is what Chiarelli was looking to do today. With Adam McQuaid still injured with a strained shoulder, it’s safe to say that Redden will be the team’s sixth defenseman for the time-being; a spot filled by Aaron Johnson and Matt Bartkowski after McQuaid’s injury.

In another minor trade, the Bruins sent prospect Maxime Sauve to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for AHL enforcer Rob Flick.

Sauve, a second round pick of the Bruins in 2008, tallied 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 52 games with the Baby Bruins during the 2012-13 season and should bring some firepower to the Rockford IceHogs, who sit two points out of a playoff spot in the AHL’s Western Conference.

Flick, meanwhile, should fill the void left by Lane MacDermid – acquired by Dallas in the Jagr trade – as the Baby B’s enforcer. The Blackhawks’ fourth round pick from 2010 has compiled 97 penalty minutes on the season but brings very little offensively with just five points (three goals, two assists) on the year. But hey, at least he got his 30 seconds of fame from TSN today, so there’s that.

Chiarelli is scheduled to speak to the media at 5 pm today regarding the day’s activity.

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