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Stuart to sign in San Jose, free agent defenseman list gets thinner

Jun 18, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

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TSN’s Darren Dreger is on point today.

Shortly after reporting Jaromir Jagr would test free agency on July 1, Dreger broke news that San Jose inked impending UFA defenseman Brad Stuart to a three-year deal.

Last week, the Sharks acquired Stuart’s negotiating rights from the Detroit Red Wings.

There’s not much surprise that Stuart signed in San Jose. Upon being traded, he told the Mercury News he hoped San Jose was “my final [NHL] destination,” saying he was tired of the cross-country shuttling between Detroit and the Bay Area, where his wife and kids resided over the last three years.

The only minor surprise is that Stuart didn’t even test free agency in what promises to be a down year for defensemen. Barret Jackman, Matt Hunwick, Johnny Oduya, Jamie McBain and Alexander Sulzer have also done the same recently, leaving a very thin pool for teams to draw from (the top four UFA blueliners at this point could be Ryan Suter, Dennis Wideman, Jason Garrison and Matt Carle.)

Note: Still no word on what type of money the Sharks shelled out for Stuart over the three years. His last deal was a four-year, $15 million contract, signed with Detroit after winning the Stanley Cup in 2008.

  1. Stiller43 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Ehh, not surprised he didnt test the market.

    He’s made more than enough money to be more than rich the rest of his life. Now the wife and kids are priority #1.

    • polegojim - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      That’s exactly the point. As a Red Wing fan, I respect him for that.

  2. kingfooj - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    that daughter better be getting straight A’s

  3. letsgosjsharks - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    He realized that the wings always lose to the Sharks in the playoffs so he decided to comeback because he actually wants to win a cup in the near future…

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