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St. Louis picks up bought-out Redden

ST. LOUIS — The Blues agreed to a one-year, $800,000 deal with defenseman Wade Redden on Friday. A physical is set for Sunday, after which the deal will become official.

Redden, 35, was waived this week by the Ran­gers, who bought out the final two years of his contract on Thursday.

He spent the past two seasons with Connecticut of the AHL after recording five goals and 35 assists with the Ran­gers over two seasons. That came after he signed a six-year deal worth $39 million to leave Ottawa. Over 13 seasons, he has 106 goals and 344 assists.

Under the new labor deal, the Rangers will pay Redden a prorated $3.341 million this season plus two-thirds of the $5 million he was set to earn next season. Only this season's salary will count against the cap.

"Wade is a solid two-way defenseman," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "We believe his experience will complement and add stability to our defensive core."

Canucks: Defenseman Alex Edler signed a six-year extension. Financial terms were not disclosed. Edler, 26, who could have become a free agent after this season, had 11 goals and 38 assists in 2011-12.

Capitals: Defenseman Tom Poti, who hasn't played in the NHL since Jan. 12, 2011, because of a groin injury, was called up from the AHL. It hasn't been determined if he will play tonight against the Lightning.

Islanders: The team suspended defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for failing to report. Visnovsky, acquired in June from the Ducks, attempted to have the trade overruled. But an arbitrator ruled in December the deal was valid. Since the lockout started, he has been playing in Russia's KHL. Visnovsky's agent wrote in an email he hasn't reported because of "personal reasons."

Panthers: Right wing Alex Kovalev signed a one-year deal after making the team on a tryout contract. Kovalev, 39, who has 428 career goals, spent last season in the KHL.

St. Louis picks up bought-out Redden 01/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 11:55pm]

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