WILMINGTON — Defenseman Wade Redden made his first appearance for the Bruins Wednesday night at TD Garden against Buffalo.
The 35-year-old veteran, who was obtained from St. Louis April 3, logged 12 minutes, 42 seconds of ice time. It was his first outing since March 28, when the Blues faced the Kings. He skated alongside Dennis Seidenberg.
“I felt OK,’’ said Redden. “There were good things I felt and things that [I] could probably work on or improve on. All in all, I felt pretty comfortable. We’ve got a good group up front that is really good to play with, so that’s the big thing.’’
Redden said the workload was pretty comparable to what he was used to in St. Louis.
“From there to 15 [minutes],’’ he said. “Kind of that role, the third pair. There is only so much ice to go around.
“Obviously, you look at [Zdeno Chara] can log a lot, [Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Johnny Boychuk], those guys are playing a lot of the big minutes, special teams and stuff. But I’m comfortable filling in and fitting in and [the Bruins] using me the way they feel they want to.’’
Redden had been practicing with the team, so he felt as if he was able to transition to a new system.
“Staying on the ice, practicing and working on the things that we do in practice, it all relates right to the game,’’ he said. “Any time you’re not playing, you’ve got to use that to stay ready. There are obviously a lot of guys around here now, so the practices have been good and crisp and that helps everybody.’’
Wednesday was an emotional night for everyone — players, coaches and fans alike — as the Bruins played in the first pro sporting event in the city since Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
“I know at the start it was emotional,’’ said Redden. “When you see all those videos and the music playing, and the crowd, the energy they had right off the bat, it was a nice moment for everybody, and we tried to use that energy on the ice.’’
Soderberg may play
Coach Claude Julien said new forward Carl Soderberg is probable to play Friday against the Penguins. “I haven’t finalized my roster yet,’’ said Julien. “But [he’s] probable.’’
Julien said he’s not overly concerned that Soderberg hasn’t played a game in a couple of weeks.
“He skated [Wednesday] and we put him in the warm-up to give him a feel of that,’’ said the coach. “He practiced with us today and he’ll skate tomorrow morning and that’s where I’ll have to make that decision whether I feel comfortable enough to give him that shot.’’
Julien wasn’t biting when asked about the uptick in the rivalry with the Penguins given that Jarome Iginla chose Pittsburgh over Boston when he decided to change his address from Calgary.
“There’s Iginla and [Brenden] Morrow that we haven’t seen yet from some of the acquisitions, and obviously, [Douglas] Murray on the back end,’’ said Julien. “It’s more than just Iginla. I know what you guys are getting to, but he had the opportunity to make his choice and he made his choice. For us, we just move on. That was his privilege and he took advantage of it.’’
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