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Red Wings re-sign defenceman Stuart

Darren Dreger

7/1/2008 12:16:58 PM

Sources tell TSN the Detroit Red Wings and veteran defenseman Brad Stuart have agreed to terms on a four-year contract that averages $3.75 million per season.

Stuart, 28, joined the Red Wings in a trade from the Los Angeles Kings and he played a solid top-four role in helping Detroit to a Stanley Cup victory.

The deal also included a no-trade clause in the first two season and a limited no-trade clause in the last two years of the contract.  Stuart has moved around a fair bit in recent seasons, getting traded from San Jose to Boston in 2005 (as part of the Joe Thornton trade), from Boston to Calgary in 2007 before signing in Los Angeles as a free agent last summer.

In 63 games with the Kings, Stuart had 21 points and was minus-16 but, given a stronger supporting cast in Detroit, he finished with two points and a plus-6 in nine regular season games before an impressive postseason in which he tallied seven points and a plus-15 rating, while playing 21:40 per game in 21 games.

The Red Wings also agreed to terms with goaltender Ty Conklin on a $750,000, one-year contract on Tuesday.

Conklin was 18-8-5 with a 2.51 goals-against average in Pittsburgh last season, with a .923 save percentage and two shutouts.