Signing free agent defenseman Wade Redden was a classic right-guy, right-price addition for the Blues.
General Manager Doug Armstrong has been looking to add one more defenseman. He took a look at big Colin White this week but didn't see enough to merit a contract offer.
Jeff Woywitka offers depth, but not enough quality. He figures to spend most of this season at Peoria unless multiple injuries hit at the blue line. Ian Cole is bidding for a Top 6 work, but he remains a work in progress.
Thanks to an adjustment to the new collective bargaining agreement, Redden, 35, suddenly became available. The Rangers gained the ability to buy Redden out of his contract before the start of the season.
Previously the new CBA offered the opportunity to buy him out after the season. Under that scenario, the Rangers told him to stay home to eliminate the risk of him suffering a long-term injury on their dime.
Once upon a time Redden was a solid Top Four defenseman in the NHL. He came to the league as the second overall pick for the Islanders in 1995. That team dealt him to Ottawa, where he scored 34 or more points during a span of eight consecutive seasons.
Signing Redden a solid move
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jan 20