Wade Redden is one of the most easily forgotten players of the abbreviated 2013 hockey season for the Boston Bruins. He was acquired at the trade deadline to add some veteran presence among the blue line. He came in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, one that would be bumped up to a sixth-round pick if Redden appeared in a playoff game.
While his time with the Bruins was short, he made a delightful stamp on many fans in Boston. He appeared in just 11 games total, six during the regular season and 5 in the postseason. However, in the absence of Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg, his veteran presence came to light and his physicality blossomed in the postseason.
At a time where the Bruins needed a leader the most, Redden stepped up to the plate. His most memorable moment? The opening game of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wade Redden helped bring the Bruins to a 4-1 victory , putting them on the board first and instilling the confidence they needed to push past any and all obstacles that came in their way. If Redden had to sacrifice his body to make a play, he would gladly do so without even a second thought. Anything his team needed, he did.
Through eleven games Redden recorded 3 goals, 4 assists and 32 shots on net. While those statistics aren’t the best of the team, he was fairly solid in the games he suited up for the Bruins. While we would have liked to see more of him in the postseason, he found himself watching from the balcony after an undisclosed injury in Game 5 of the ECSF. Once Torey Krug showed his prowess and posed as the nightmare on Causeway, he continued to watch from afar as the kid stole the show. While he may not have landed a roster spot with Boston for the 2013-2014 season, he made a good name for himself heading into unrestricted free agency.
Final Grade: B