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Sharks acquire rights to Brad Stuart from Detroit

Jun 10, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

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Brad Stuart‘s long-awaited homecoming to California is now in full effect.

David Pollak of the Mercury News reports the San Jose Sharks acquired Stuart’s rights from the Detroit Red Wings for Andrew Murray and a conditional 2014 seventh-round draft pick. The catch here is if Stuart doesn’t sign with the Sharks, the Red Wings will get nothing.

The Red Wings were left to fret during the second half of the season as there was much speculation Stuart had his eyes on returning to San Jose. Stuart spent his first five and a half seasons in the league there and it’s also where his family calls home.

Now the Sharks have until July 1 to get him locked up to a deal when Stuart becomes an unrestricted free agent. Expect something to get worked out quickly between both sides.

More from CSN-Bay Area: Stuart hopes this is his final destination.

  1. zaksyuk - Jun 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Thanks for the year’s Stuart ! I’m gona miss you but i got nothing but respect for this guy the sharks are lucky :)

    • gekkoguy82 - Jun 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Totally agree. Best of luck to you and your fam Stewie! Thanks for all your contributions to the Wings!

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Jun 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Finally Doug Wilson makes a move that addresses a need and filling it with a good player

    • danphipps01 - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Yeah. Hopefully this will take minutes off of Murray, who really, really needs to be used less than he is.

  3. crazemastercraze - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    for some reason this is the first year i’ve noticed trades happen before the season/playoffs have completed. why are these teams allowed to do this? the devils or kings aren’t allowed to make any moves i’m assuming, so why can everyone else do it?

    • danphipps01 - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      You can’t actually sign anyone until July 1st, once all teams have stopped playing, so while deals for players’ rights can be made, no actual contracts can be inked by anyone right now.

    • tolbuck - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      The Devils and Kings could make trades if they wanted. Trades can happen at any time. However, since it is after the trade deadline (which really isn’t a trade deadline but the latest a team can acquire a player who can play for them that season) any player they acquire couldn’t play for them until next season, so they have little incentive to make a trade.

      • sjshark714 - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        also, if its a trade-off between being in the cup final and being able to make roster moves…

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Just to clarify…

    Teams are allowed to make trades after the trade deadline, once their season ends. That is why we saw Washington and Boston trade Chris Bourque for Zach Hamill. We will see more trades percolate closer to and most likely during the draft. Like last year, we saw San Jose trade Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Cloyle, and their 1st round pick to Minnesota for Brent Burns. Rick Nash anyone?
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    Teams are allowed to sign their own restricted and unrestricted free agents right now. Come July 1, unrestricted free agents are allowed to sign with other teams. July 1 is the beginning of the new league year. Teams can try to sign players who are arbitation eligible, can sign before then or after their arbitation hearing, team and sign whatever that out come is, or they will be a unrestricted free agent.

    Teams are allowed to trade their “exclusive negotating rights”, which is right now until July 1. I have a feeling Nashville will trade Ryan Suter and New Jersey will trade Zach Parise to a team that feels they have a good chance to sign them and will have a crack at them before anyone else does. However, your naive if you don’t think their agents have already had talks with other teams.

  5. pantherpro - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Great move Sharks! We will raise the cup before the KIngs do! Believe it!

    • kingfooj - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      ^LOL

  6. joelwrobinson - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    nice job sharks. he will probably come discounted, too.

  7. xjokerz - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    Just opening up more cap space for wings to sign semin parise and suter. Adios Stuart

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      It’s not opening cap space when it already isn’t counted against the 2012-13 cap

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