San Jose Sharks To Be Without D Brad Stuart Coming Out Of Olympic Break

Dec 21, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart (7) works the puck around Dallas Stars right wing Valeri Nichushkin (43) at SAP Center at San Jose. Sharks won 3-2 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Monday the team won’t have defenseman Brad Stuart for at least a week coming out of the Olympic break.

According to CSNBayArea.com, Stuart was hurt in the Sharks’ final game before the break, against the Blue Jackets on Feb. 7, and has missed the last two days of practice with an upper body injury.

The 34-year-old veteran has three goals, nine points and 29 minutes in penalties in 51 games for the Sharks this season. This is his second stint with San Jose; Stuart was the third overall pick by the Sharks in the 1998 Entry Draft and played with the team until he was traded to the Bruins with Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau in November 2005 in the deal that brought Joe Thornton to San Jose.

Stuart later played for the Flames, Kings and Red Wings before returning to the Sharks in a June 2012 trade for Andrew Murray and a seventh-round pick in this summer’s Entry Draft.

In his 14th NHL season, Stuart has played in 975 career games, 476 of those with the Sharks, with whom he has totaled 39 goals, 168 points and 275 penalty minutes over parts of eight seasons.

Topics: Brad Stuart, San Jose Sharks

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