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Wade Redden has revived his career as a member of the Boston Bruins following two years of playing in the AHL.
The veteran defenseman has provided the Bruins with a steady presence on the blue line as a player who excels in his own end, blocks shots and is capable of contributing on the power play and the penalty kill.
Redden scored a goal and added an assist in Boston's 4-1 Game 1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also finished the series with nine hits, five blocked shots and a plus/minus rating of two.
"The games that he played, he moved the puck extremely well," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien prior to Game 1.
"His experience is invaluable, and his confidence right now is pretty good. When you have Wade [Redden] in that zone, he becomes a pretty good player."
Since the Bruins have dealt with several injuries on the blue line during the playoffs, Redden has become an important part of the team's success on defense. Just like how baseball teams can never have enough pitching, NHL teams always need a large number of quality defensemen.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was able to acquire Redden from the St. Blues at the trade deadline for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, which has become one of the most underrated deals of the regular season. Redden's cap hit in 2013 was only $1 million.