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Wade Redden hoping to return to the lineup for Bruins

Wade Redden of the New York Rangers plays

Wade Redden of the New York Rangers plays against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena. (Jan. 7, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

BOSTON -- Injured Bruins defenseman Wade Redden, who was assigned to Hartford by the Rangers in September 2010 to avoid a $6.5-million salary-cap hit and was bought out in January, said he has "turned the page" on his time in New York and hopes to play for the Bruins in this series against his former club.

"I've answered questions about it since I've come back [to the NHL]," said Redden, 35, whose game deteriorated while playing two seasons of a six-year, $39-million deal for the Rangers. "It's going to be nice, hopefully, to get out there and be part of it, but I've kind of turned the page on all that stuff. I've accepted my part of it. Things weren't going great in New York. It was a change that was needed, probably for everyone. It didn't work out and you move on."

Redden, who has an upper-body injury -- believed to be a shoulder problem -- practiced Saturday but is not expected to play in Game 2.

Redden, who played 119 AHL games and was named captain in Hartford, wondered if he would ever return to the NHL. "You have your ups and downs," he said. "At the end of the day, I did believe. That's why I did stick with it."

After the buyout, he played 26 games for St. Louis before being acquired by the Bruins for a seventh-round draft pick. He played six regular-season and five playoff games against Toronto and was 2-2-4.

Blue notes

Rangers defenseman John Moore lost six teeth ("two top, four bottom") when a puck struck him in the mouth in the third period of Game 1, but he will play Sunday . . . Marc Staal (eye) did not practice, but he skated for the second straight day with the spares. Left wing Darroll Powe also was on ice with the extras for the first time since being knocked woozy by an elbow from the Capitals' Joel Ward in Game 3 of the Washington series on May 6.

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