NHL

B's get depth defenseman Redden from Blues

04/03 6:34 PM

The Boston Bruins pulled off a deal just before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, acquiring veteran defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a draft pick.

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins pulled off a deal just before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, acquiring veteran defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2013. The pick will become a sixth-rounder if Redden plays one or more games in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season.

Redden joins future Hall of Fame winger Jaromir Jagr as the team's major additions for the stretch run.

Redden, 35, will be reunited with former Ottawa Senators teammate and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. The two played together in Ottawa from 2001-2006.

"Wade obviously had played in Ottawa when I worked in Ottawa," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday. "I had to get the band back together with him and Chara. I talked to Wade and told him he'd be part of our depth here, and he was excited to come here. He'll be on his way tomorrow."

Chiarelli recalled the chemistry the Bruins captain and Redden had in Ottawa, noting the way they complemented each other despite different styles.

"Sometimes they played together, but they were mainly in different pairs, they were obviously good friends, two real good defenseman on a team," Chiarelli said. "Obviously, different styles, but just a good complementary star defenseman."

Redden, a former first-round draft pick (second overall in 1995), played 23 games for the Blues this season. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound defenseman spent the previous two seasons in the AHL with the New York Rangers' affiliate, the Connecticut Whale.

When Chiarelli was hired by the Bruins before the 2006-07 season, Redden and Chara were both on Boston's radar before Chara signed as free agent.

Redden adds depth to Boston's blue line, but it was not immediately clear whether the Bruins consider him a top-six defender. Chiarelli was asked if he saw Redden as a possible answer to Boston's struggling power play, which was ranked 24th heading into play Wednesday night.

"I'm not sure about that, I don't really want to put any pressure on him in that regard," Chiarelli said. "He's more of a heady player, that first pass. He's a terrific passer, first pass, vision. I think he's actually got a couple of power play goals this year -- I saw one. He can play on the power play, but that's not why we acquired him. We acquired him for depth. ... Wade is here, and if he gets in and plays like I think he's capable of playing, it will be a bonus."

Earlier in the day, the Bruins acquired AHL center Rob Flick from the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Max Sauve.

Flick, 22, played 51 games for the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, this season and scored three goals with two assists. The 6-3, 208-pounder also had 97 penalty minutes.

Chiarelli called Flick a "big, strong centerman, a work in progress," and said, "he'll be in Providence."

Chicago drafted him in the fourth round (120th overall) in 2010.

The Bruins drafted Sauve in the second round (47th overall) in the 2008 draft. He's spent the past three seasons with the P-Bruins and never developed the way the Bruins hoped. In 52 games this season at Providence, Sauve scored 10 goals with 13 assists for 23 points, including a plus-3 rating.

Information from James Murphy contributed to this report.


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