Chiarelli reunites Chara, Redden

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins pulled off a deal just before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, acquiring veteran defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2013. The pick will become a sixth-rounder if Redden plays one or more games in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season.

Redden joins future Hall of Fame winger Jaromir Jagr as the team's major additions for the stretch run.

Redden, 35, will be reunited with former Ottawa Senators teammate and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. The two played together in Ottawa from 2001-2006.

"Wade obviously had played in Ottawa when I worked in Ottawa," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday. "I had to get the band back together with him and Chara. I talked to Wade and told him he'd be part of our depth here, and he was excited to come here. He'll be on his way tomorrow."

Chiarelli recalled the chemistry the Bruins captain and Redden had in Ottawa, noting the way they complemented each other despite different styles.

"Sometimes they played together, but they were mainly in different pairs, they were obviously good friends, two real good defenseman on a team," Chiarelli said. "Obviously, different styles, but just a good complementary star defenseman."

Redden, a former first-round draft pick (second overall in 1995), played 23 games for the Blues this season. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound defenseman spent the previous two seasons in the AHL with the New York Rangers' affiliate, the Connecticut Whale.

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