Straight line math would suggest that Blues defenseman Wade Redden should have faced the Kings several dozen times by now. After all, he’s suited up for over 1,000 NHL games in his 15-year NHL career. However, the former first round draft pick (second overall, 1995) skated in all but seven of those games for Eastern Conference teams – the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers. So, he’s only played Los Angeles 15 times before tonight.
By comparison, he’s squared off with teams like Boston, Buffalo and Montreal 66 times each.
After having his contract bought out by the Rangers – a new move allowed by the CBA, but something Kings GM Dean Lombardi doesn’t plan on using this summer – Redden has made an immediate impact in St. Louis, logging about 17 minutes a game and scoring a pair of goals for his new team.
Tonight will mark game number 1,002 for the 35-year old Canadian and on Saturday the Blues recognized his most recent milestone during a pre-game ceremony. Take a look…
In this video Redden talks about playing game 1,000 vs. the Detroit Red Wings:
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