Skip to content

Stuart (lower body) to miss Sharks’ season opener

Oct 3, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

bradstuartgetty Getty Images

San Jose will open 2013-14 without one of its veteran blueline presences.

Brad Stuart, who didn’t play any of the Sharks’ six exhibition games, will be held out of Thursday’s tilt against Vancouver with a lower-body injury, CSN Bay Area reports.

It’s unclear exactly what Stuart hurt or how close he is to returning, but one thing is certain — he made an impact last season, his first back in San Jose, and will be missed on Thursday.

A physical presence, Stuart had 87 hits and 89 blocked shots last season for the Sharks, averaging 20:27 TOI per game during the regular season and 19:09 in the playoffs.

His presence is doubly valuable given Brent Burns‘ move from defense to forward — tonight, San Jose will be forced to go with a patchwork blueline consisting of Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Matt Irwin, Scott Hannan, Justin Braun and Jason Demers.

Latest Posts
  1. NHL-KHL fail to reach player-transfer deal

    Jul 2, 2015, 2:57 PM EDT

    khl_logo

    Leagues will continue to respect each other’s contracts. But that’s it.

  2. BREAKING: Voynov takes plea, gets 90 days in jail plus probation

    Jul 2, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT

    Pleads no contest to misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse.

  3. Sharks hire Boughner, Hedberg as DeBoer’s assistants

    Jul 2, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT

    Windsor Spitfires v Niagara Ice Dogs Getty Images

    Boughner coached against DeBoer in the OHL, Hedberg played for him in New Jersey.

  4. Curtains on Broadway: Martin St. Louis calls it a career

    Jul 2, 2015, 1:46 PM EDT

    New York Rangers v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four Getty Images

    Former Hart Trophy winner announced his retirement on Thursday.

  5. Caps landing ‘affordable’ Williams a sign of the new free agency

    Jul 2, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

    Justin Williams Getty Images

    “At some point Justin became more affordable to us, and we started to lean his way.”

  6. Kassian vows to give it all for Habs: ‘As you grow older, you mature’

    Jul 2, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT

    Zack Kassian Getty Images

    “At the end of the day, nobody wants to get traded two times. But it’s a learning curve.”

  7. Shattenkirk’s agent downplays trade rumors

    Jul 2, 2015, 12:18 PM EDT

    Kevin Shattenkirk AP

    But reports suggest Edmonton, Columbus and Philly are interested.

  8. Preds re-sign Bourque: one year, $866,250

    Jul 2, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT

    gabrielbourquegetty Getty Images

    24-year-old has appeared in 220 NHL contests, all with Nashville.

  9. Shots fired! ‘Canes owner Karmanos rips into Jim Rutherford (Updated)

    Jul 2, 2015, 10:52 AM EDT

    Hurricanes Front Office Shakeup Hockey AP

    Yes, the same Jim Rutherford who was the GM in Carolina for two decades.

  10. Worlds helped convince Eichel to go pro

    Jul 2, 2015, 9:53 AM EDT

    IHOCKEY-WORLD-USA-SVK Getty Images

    He didn’t want to make his intentions known until he was drafted.

  11. Wright signs with Islanders after campaign in KHL

    Jul 2, 2015, 8:56 AM EDT

    James Wright Getty Images

    He was playing with the Winnipeg Jets before heading to Croatia.

  12. Here’s who’s left after Day 1 of free agency

    Jul 2, 2015, 12:43 AM EDT

    st.louis Getty Images

    Some interesting players still need deals.

  13. PHT’s 2015 free agent frenzy tracker

    Jul 1, 2015, 11:15 PM EDT

    Mike Green Getty Images

    All the signings from what promises to be a busy day.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. M. Richards (2480)
  2. D. Hamilton (2456)
  3. C. Talbot (2029)
  4. S. Gagner (1964)
  5. R. O'Reilly (1936)
  1. E. Etem (1767)
  2. A. Niemi (1762)
  3. R. Lehner (1704)
  4. M. Lucic (1630)
  5. C. Pronger (1613)