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(KSDK Sports) -- Even before the lockout was resolved, Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong was quoted as saying that one area he would like toimprove was on defensive depth. Today, the Blues announced they'vereached a deal, in principal, with defenseman Wade Redden. Terms of the contract are for one-year and $800,000.

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

Redden, 35, has spent the past two seasons with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Connecticut Whale. Last year, he posted 20 points including four goals and 16 assists in 49 games. The 6'2, 205-pound defenseman is a veteran of 13 NHL seasons including 11 years in Ottawa and, most recently, two with the New York Rangers (2008-2010).

Overall, Redden has appeared in 994 National Hockey League (NHL) games totaling 450 points (106 goals, 344 assists) and 654 penalty minutes. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan native was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round (2nd overall) of the 1995 Entry Draft.

Redden is scheduled to arrive in St. Louis this weekend and undergo a physical on Sunday.

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