Say, was that Wade Redden scoring one goal and setting up a second for the Boston Bruins against the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Yes it was. After finally escaping AHL purgatory and chipping in for the St. Louis Blues much of the season, the veteran defenseman emerged as a playoff hero in Beantown.
“Yeah, it was fun to be back out there, that’s for sure,” Redden told the Boston Herald. “I said before, I’m going to try to get the most out of it. I’ve been away for a while, so it was good to get back in there.”
The Rangers warehoused Redden in Hartford for salary cap reasons. The new collective bargaining agreement gave the team a chance to buy him out to stay in cap compliance.
He signed with the Blues as a free agent and did a solid job. But Redden became the odd man out in St. Louis after the Blues added defensemen Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester before the trade deadline.
The Blues traded him to the Bruins, a team looking for some more depth and experience on the blue line.
“I think the coaches and the team here knew what I could do and who I am,” Redden told the Herald. “I just came in and worked hard to just get the chance. That’s really what you look for.
“Things have gone pretty decent. They believe that I can get the job done for them, so that’s a big part of it. The role I’ve got, I’ve just got to make the most of it there and be a part of the team — help them get the wins as much as I can. I guess that’s really what I’m here to do.”