The Blues have activated Redden although it’s not expected that he’ll be in the lineup until later this week, likely Thursday against the Predators. the 35-year old hasn’t played in a NHL game in over two years since the New York Rangers buried him in the minor leagues after failing to live up to expectations that garnered him a 6-year, $39MM deal with blue shirts.
As a result of the Redden activation, the Blues needed to clear some roster space and have done so by placing defenseman, Jeff Woywitka on waivers. Like Redden, Woywitka was a first round draft choice but he too has been disappointing thus far in his NHL career, having bounced around with three different clubs in just seven seasons. This was Woywitka’s second stint with the Blue, the first coming back in 2005 when he was traded from the Edmonton Oilers as part of the Chris Pronger deal.
His best season came in 2008-09 when he scored 3 goals and added 15 assists in 65 games. Last year with the New York Rangers he appeared in 27 games, collecting 1 goal and 5 helpers.
Until Woywitka clears waivers the Blues have assigned defenseman, Ian Cole to the club’s AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen. It is reported by Dave Eminian via twitter that Cole will be recalled once Woywitka is either claimed or assigned to the minors.
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