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Wade Redden announces retirement after 14 seasons in NHL

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Redden finished his career with Boston in the playoffs. (Getty Images)
Redden finished his career with Boston in the playoffs. (Getty Images)

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After failing to find a position in the NHL after ending last season with the Boston Bruins, veteran defenseman Wade Redden announced his retirement on Thursday.

"I would first and foremost like to thank my family and friends for their unconditional love and support. 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," Redden said in the NHLPA release. "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."

Near the end of his career Redden became somewhat of a lightning rod, burdened by a heavy contract with the Rangers and sent down to the AHL. Eventually the Rangers used a compliance buyout and he signed with the Blues before being traded to the Bruins last season.

But it wasn't always so rough for Redden, who was an All-Star with the Senators. Drafted second overall by the Islanders in 1995, Redden was traded to the Senators in 1996 when he began his NHL career. His best seasons came in the early 2000s, highlighted by his 2002 All-Star Game appearance.

After the 2007-08 season he signed a contract with the Rangers but he had just 26 points in 81 games in his first season for New York, well below his previous point totals. That dipped again in 2009-10 before he was buried in the AHL for the Rangers to avoid his cap hit.

Last season with the Blues he played in 23 games with two goals and three assists before being dealt to the Bruins. He suited up for five games during the Bruins' playoff run, scoring a goal and one assist. In total he played 1,023 games in his NHL career with 109 goals and 348 assists.

Redden also represented Canada internationally several times including being a part of the 2006 squad in Torino.

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