The San Jose Sharks have traded Brad Stuart to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 6th rounder in 2017.
The trade comes after a bit of a rough year for Brad Stuart, who was in his second stint with the Sharks. Last season with San Jose he had three goals and eight assists to go with a +5 plus-minus rating. He also played in 61 games and was injured for a bit just before the Olympic break.
For the Sharks, I think the front office has gotten a great deal by receiving a second-rounder and a 6th rounder out of this.
The #SJSharks are NOT retaining any salary in the Brad Stuart deal
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) July 1, 2014
Also, they make room on their books for future moves although San Jose is not really expected to do anything major. This is also a positive considering they are not taking on any of his $3.6 million contract or cap hit. Overall San Jose now has $15 million+ in cap room so there is plenty of room to sign restricted free-agents Jason Demers, Tommy Wingels, and James Sheppard if they would like to do so.
With so much room, I wouldn’t be surprised if Doug Wilson may be looking for a blockbuster deal somewhere, so don’t be surprised if it happens.