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Brad Stuart’s future in Detroit is a bit hazy

Jan 24, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

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Brad Stuart is a guy the Wings would like to re-sign in the offseason when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, but he might have other ideas.

Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan finds out from Stuart that he might want to go back to the west coast this summer when it comes time to figure out his future and family is at the heart of the matter.

“It is going to be a tough decision,” Stuart said. “It’s not going to be all based on hockey and what I want for my career. It’s going to be a little bit (about) family, which is important. Those are things I still have to kind of sort out, try to figure out what’s going to be best for everyone.”

Stuart’s family is in San Jose where he once played for the Sharks. Being on the road all the time as a player makes life hard. It’s even tougher when your family doesn’t call the city you’re playing in home.

There’s no doubt that Wings GM Ken Holland would love to keep Stuart in Detroit alongside Niklas Kronwall but if Stuart wants to be closer to his family, there’s not a lot a team can throw at a player to make them change their mind.

Should Stuart head west this summer, the Wings are facing a potentially franchise-altering change to their defensive corps with Nicklas Lidstrom possibly retiring as well. Losing two of your top four defensemen would hurt any team and would make the Wings even bigger players for someone like Ryan Suter should he become a free agent.

  1. bensawesomeness - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Lidstrom looks and plays like he can play till he’s 50 anyway
    But losing Stuart would not be fun

  2. cmutimmah - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    With Lidstrom’s contract, Holmstrom’s contract, Stu’s contract, and possibly Cleary’s contract all coming off the books, the Wings could go young with the two offensive spots opening up and sign two stud Dmen…

    It wouldn’t happen, but could you imagine NAshville loving Ryan Ellis as their top Dman and getting rid of both Suter AND Weber.. .they both sign at Detroit and your top 4 Dmen would be Suter/Weber and Kronwall/White? Pipe dream, but that pipe is soaking wet…

  3. dgrindsports - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    His future should be hazy with the NHL after throwing an elbow at Alex Pietrangelo last night. This guy is a joke.
    For more sports, google Daily Grind Sports

  4. Jeff - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens. I wonder if he’ll be dealt prior to the deadline.

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