Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wade Redden
When great defensive prospects for the year 1995 came to mind, two names were on the lips of most NHL scouts: Bryan Berard and Wade Redden. The two were selected at the top of the Draft, Berard going to the Senators and Redden to the Islanders. But before the season got underway in 1996, the clubs traded their prospects thus landing Redden in the nation's capital.

Redden got his start in hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan where he grew up as a fast-skating farm boy. Hockey was no stranger to his family, having heard, no doubt, of his father's trip to the Memorial Cup finals while toiling for the Regina Pats in 1969.

The younger Redden got his chance with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1996. But like his father's end, the Wheat Kings fell short in the finals even though Redden was voted a tournament all-star. But the young rearguard was not left wanting for glory, having won two gold medals at the World Junior Championships in 1995 and 1996.

The Loydminster, Saskatchewan native emerged as one of the top all-around defenceman in the NHL, posting a career high 47 points during the 2000-01 season and continues to be a leader on the ice leader with the Sens.

Following the NHL lockout of 2004-05 the Senators re-signed the defenceman. Over the next three seasons, Redden would anchor the club's blueline and contribute offensively. In 2006-07, Redden and the Senators came within three wins of capturing the Stanley Cup. At the end of the 2007-08 season, Redden's contract came to an end and although he stated that he would take a "hometown discount", the Senators opted not to re-sign the defenceman. On July 1, 2008 Redden signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the New York Rangers.

Redden struggled to find his game in New York and became a "whipping boy" for the team's struggles in the media. After two seasons with the Rangers he was assigned to the American Hockey League for the 2010-11 season, becoming the highest paid player in AHL history.

Following the NHL's lockout in 2012, the Rangers chose to buyout the remainder of Redden's contract, making the defender an unrestricted free agent. He then signed on with the St. Louis Blues.

In 23 games for the Blues during 2012-13 Redden scored a pair of goals and added three assists. He was traded at the NHL trade deadline to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a draft pick.

Aside from his World Junior experience, Redden, is a three-time member of Canada's World Championship team (1999, 2001 and 2005) a member of Canada's World Cup winning team in the Summer of 2004, and was a member of Canada's Olympic Team in 2006.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Lloydminster Blazers AJHL 34 4 11 15 64
1993-94 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 63 4 35 39 98 14 2 4 6 10
1993-94 Canada U-18 4 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 64 14 46 60 83 18 5 10 15 8
1994-95 Canada WJC-A 7 3 2 5 0
1994-95 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 4 0 4 4 4
1995-96 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 51 9 45 54 55 19 5 10 15 19
1995-96 Canada WJC-A 6 0 2 2 2
1995-96 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 4 1 2 3 0
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 6 24 30 41 +1 7 1 3 4 2
1997-98 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 8 14 22 27 +17 9 0 2 2 2
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 72 8 21 29 54 +7 4 1 2 3 2
1998-99 Canada WC-A 10 1 2 3 6
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 10 26 36 49 -1
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 10 37 47 49 +22 4 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Canada WC-A 7 0 3 3 25 +3
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 9 25 34 48 +22 12 3 2 5 6
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 10 35 45 70 +23 18 1 8 9 10
2003-04 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 17 26 43 65 +21 7 1 0 1 2
2004-05 Canada W-Cup 2 0 1 1 0 0
2004-05
2004-05 Canada WC-A 9 2 3 5 2 +6
2005-06 Ottawa Senators NHL 65 10 40 50 63 +35 9 2 8 10 10
2005-06 Canada Olympics 6 1 0 1 0 +2
2006-07 Ottawa Senators NHL 64 7 29 36 50 +1 20 3 7 10 10
2007-08 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 6 32 38 60 +11 4 0 1 1 11
2008-09 New York Rangers NHL 81 3 23 26 51 -5 7 0 2 2 0
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 75 2 12 14 27 +8
2010-11 Connecticut Whale AHL 70 8 34 42 46 -1 6 0 6 6 0
2011-12 Connecticut Whale AHL 49 4 16 20 26 -8 9 0 1 1 8
2012-13 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 2 3 5 11 -2
2012-13 Boston Bruins NHL 6 1 1 2 0 0 5 1 1 2 0
NHL Totals 1023 109 348 457 665 106 13 36 49 55


WHL Rookie of the Year (1994)
WHL East Second All-Star Team (1995)
WHL East First All-Star Team (1996)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1996) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2002)
Traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders with Damian Rhodes for Don Beaupre, Martin Straka and Bryan Berard, January 23, 1996. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2008. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, January 18, 2013. Traded to Boston by St. Louis for future considerations, April 3, 2013.