Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Redden Ready for Post-Season Run

This week's edition of Monday Sports Talk on 880, CKLQ included a visit from Boston Bruins' defenceman Wade Redden.
The former Brandon Wheat Kings' great returned to the NHL this season after two years in the AHL, where the New York Rangers placed him to avoid having his contract count on their salary cap.

A clause in the new CBA allowed the Rangers to a buy out the remaining two years of his deal and it was during that time in the minors where Redden became stronger, both on and off the ice.

"It obviously wasn't ideal to be in that situation and have to go down to the minors. I learnt a lot about myself and learnt a lot about the game. I think I took a lot of positives out of it and it's only helping me now," Redden told CKLQ's Tyler Crayston and Lanny Stewart.

The veteran defenceman started the shortened season with St. Louis after signing a one-year deal with Blues and was sent to the Bruins at the April 3rd NHL trade deadline.
Redden arrived and would see a city come together in the face of tragedy.

The 35-year-old was in the Bruins' lineup for the first sporting event since the Boston Marathon bombings.

"It was quite a week," recalled Redden. "We had just moved into an apartment and as I'm standing in that place right now I can see where the first bomb went off. We're only a block-and-a-half away from it. To be that close to it and to be affected personally and obviously the people that went through the worst, it was a tough thing for everyone in the city. It was really surreal almost how those things can happen and it can affect a whole city like that."

In 29 regular season games, Redden record seven points and is setting his sights on the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Bruins welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs in a first round Original Six showdown which starts on Wednesday night.

"To be back now and to be playing on the eve of the playoffs, there's no place a hockey player would rather be then in this position. I'm fortunate to have the opportunity again," said Redden.

The full interview is below...

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