The trade deadline came and went Wednesday afternoon, and the Bruins made two minor moves: they traded Max Sauve to Chicago/Rockford in exchange for Rob Flick, and traded a conditional seventh-round draft pick to St. Louis in exchange for Wade Redden.
The Flick move is a purely minor league move: Flick is a tough guy/enforcer, something the P.B.’s needed (and the Bruins may need in the future) after enforcer-in-training Lane MacDermid was dealt yesterday. I don’t anticipate Flick making an impact on the Bruins’ NHL roster for a while (if ever), but he should add some more sandpaper to the Providence roster. A “meh” move, really.
The Redden move will probably have a slightly larger NHL impact, as I see Redden as 2013’s answer to 2011’s Shane Hnidy. If you recall, Hnidy was signed as a depth defenseman, and only played when Zdeno Chara missed a game in the first round due to illness. That’s where I see Redden playing. He may get a game or two down the stretch after the B’s have sewn up a playoff spot/good seed, but I don’t think he’ll play in the playoffs unless someone is injured. The B’s/Blues must have had similar thoughts, as the “condition” in the pick is that the seventh-rounder becomes a sixth-rounder if Redden plays in a playoff game.
All in all, kind of a bland day for the B’s. Decent depth moves, but nothing surprising. The B’s big splash came yesterday, so today’s moves are OK with me.