Chris Zimmerman first met owner Tom Stillman playing pick-up hockey in New York in the 1980s.
Dan O'Neill writes that the value of Blues' role player was overestimated.
His $2,725,000 salary will carry over to the season in which he returns to the NHL.
Club traded Polak’s muscle for Gunnarsson’s maneuverability in an attempt to strengthen transition game.
The forward will play 2014-15 in Russia. He will make $2,725,000 for the season in which he returns to the NHL.
The Blues were able to move one of their nine defensemen just before the trade deadline ended, sending veteran Wade Redden to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2014 seventh-round pick.
After being bought out by the New York Rangers to start the season, Redden signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Blues in January. He posted two goals and three assists in 23 games for the Blues this season.
Playing with the Blues, Senators and Rangers, Redden has accumulated 108 and 347 assists in 1,017 NHL games.
After the Blues acquired Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester this week, the team had to make a move as they had nine defensemen on their active roster. Every player would have to clear waivers before being sent to the AHL, so a deal was all but imminent. Redden happened to be the odd man out.
The Blues now carry defensemen Bouwmeester, Leopold, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Roman Polak, Barret Jackman, Kris Russell and Ian Cole on their roster.
Redden, 35, joins a fierce Bruins defense. With the likes of Captain Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid, Redden will have the ability to move up on offensive rushes with ease.
The Bruins currently sit in fourth place in the East with 50 points, one point behind the division-leading Montreal Canadiens.