Wade Redden was hoping to get a call from the Bruins this summer about continuing his tenure with the Boston organization after ending last season in Black and Gold. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli held the 36-year-old defenseman as a veteran option, but didn’t really have a spot for him given the abundance of young defensemen on the NHL roster.
So Redden didn’t sign with an NHL team this fall, and finally announced his retirement through the NHLPA on Thursday afternoon.
“I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support," said Redden. "I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches and staff for all the great memories created throughout the years. To the fans, I appreciate all your support throughout my career. Playing in the National Hockey League has been a dream come true and I feel very proud and privileged to have played more than 1,000 games in 14 NHL seasons.”
Redden played a grand total of 11 games for the Bruins last season -- six during the regular season, and five in the playoffs -- with a pair of goals and four points. He had his playoffs cut short by injuries and the emergence of young D-men Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug.
In all, Redden finished with 1,023 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues in an All-Star career, and finished with 190 goals, 348 assists and 457 points, along with another 13 goals and 49 points in 106 playoff games. In recent years, he was perhaps best known for a giant contract with the Rangers that forced him to spend two years in the AHL given his outsized salary cap hit. Redden finishes as the 20th-ranked NHL player in total salary with a career earning of $69,615,666.