Blues, Redden Agree to Contract
The St. Louis Blues have signed former Rangers D-man Wade Redden. Head Coach Ken Hitchcock tells me Redden is a real option to play with Alex Pietrangelo although they’ll need to see where he’s at once he arrives.
Redden has been skating in Kelowna, B.C. with the Rockets in the WHL. He’s been practicing two hours a day and should be in decent shape upon arrival.
Hitchcock has known Redden for years going back to minor and junior hockey. They were also together in the Olympics several years ago representing Hockey Canada.
Hitchcock and Redden spoke on the phone Thursday which helped solidify the deal.
Redden signs a one-way, one-year pro-rated contract worth $800,000.
The Blues have released D-man Colin White who they brought in on a professional tryout.
Rookie Jaden Schwartz has made the club and will play Saturday night with Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart.
The Blues are expected to place Chris Porter on waivers, if he clears he’ll be assigned to Peoria.
I expect the club to do the same with Jeff Woywitka once Redden is ready to play.
Jaro Halak has been named the starting goaltender for Saturday against Detroit.
Expect Ryan Reaves to dress along with Vladimir Sobotka and likely Matt D’Agostini on the 4th line Saturday. The Blues want Reaves in there to control an amped up Jordin Tootoo who will be making his debut with the Red Wings.
Ian Cole Pietrangelo.
Oshie, Backes, Perron
Schwartz, Berglund, Stewart
McDonald, Steen, Tarasenko
Reaves, Sobotka, D'Agostini
More to come,
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