Sunday, January 28, 2007

What to do with Brad Stuart...what to do...

So with the Bruins in dead last in their division...yet still six points out of a playoff spot...the Bruins have to decide what to do...if anything...before the 2/27 trade deadline.

The person of most mention right now is soon-to-be free agent Brad Stuart, acquired in the Joe Thornton trade last year. While he hasn't been a fantastic defender this year, he's been somewhat steady (at best). However, there is still some potential there being a former #3 overall pick, although eight seasons after being drafted, you have to wonder if that potential will ever fully be realized.

Where it still hurts, though, is the lingering sting of the Thornton trade. With the Bruins needing a quality defenseman last year, Stuart was the biggest return from the deal. Having him walk away after a season and a half would leave the Bruins with only Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau to show.

However, I think that trading Brad Stuart might be inevitable. He's been non-committal about re-signing in the offseason and rumor has it that his Californian wife isn't crazy about living in New England. So, like it or not, he's more than likely signing elsewhere next year. Seeing him move before the trade deadline wouldn't surprise me. Hell, at least they'll get something in return...and hopefully more than a Yan Stastny or Marty Reasoner.



Blogger TreeBob said...

Let's trade Brent Sopel and Sean Avery for Brad Stuart and a prospect or pick.

2:05 p.m., January 28, 2007  

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