Wade Redden may have started the 2013 season as the poster boy for free agent excess, but he ended it with a return to a state of respectability.
Widely ridiculed as the biggest free agent bust in recent memory, Redden spent nearly 26 months out of the NHL, toiling away on the farm clubs of the New York Rangers (whatever Hartford's AHL team is called this week) before a compliance buyout from the Rangers freed him to sign with the St. Louis Blues in mid-January.
From there, Redden made his way to the Bruins on trade deadline day, swapped for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, one that became a sixth if Redden suited up for a playoff game.
As a Bruin, Redden appeared in eleven games: six in the regular season and five in the first round playoff series against Toronto. In those eleven games, Redden recorded three goals and four assists while posting an even plus/minus rating and landing 32 shots on goal.
Redden's most memorable game as a Bruin was the series-opening 4-1 thumping of Toronto, in which he scored a goal (the Bruins' first of the playoffs) and added an assist.
Redden was sidelined with an undisclosed injury for Games 5 and 7 of that same series, and with Torey Krug seizing his opportunity to play in the Rangers series and never looking back, Redden watched the rest of the Bruins' run from the press box.
Final Grade: B -
Redden wasn't spectacular, but was pretty solid for the Bruins when he was in the lineup. He gave the Bruins another puck-moving option on the back end, and may have given himself another shot in the NHL in the process. Redden wasn't anything special, but he was solid enough to get the job done when called upon.