The Detroit Red Wings have continued what promises to be a busy summer for the organization. Following the retirement of Nick Lidstrom, the Red Wings have given away another defensemen; this time by trading Brad Stuart to the San Jose Sharks.
In return for sending Stuart to San Jose, the Red Wings received center Andrew Murray and a conditional 2014 draft pick. Murray scored only one goal and added only four assists in his 39 appearances for the Sharks last season. He was drafted in 2001 by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and has never registered more than 11 points in an entire season. I don’t see a scenario where Murray is resigned and plays significant minutes for the Red Wings next season, but I’ve been wrong before.
Stuart has been a key player for the Red Wings over the last 4+ seasons, adding numerous assists from the point in addition to his solid effort keeping opponents out of goal. Stuart had 21 points last season, the highest of his Red Wings tenure. Red Wings’ GM Ken Holland must have felt that the soon-to-be 33 year old wasn’t worth re-signing.
Both Murray and Stuart will become unrestricted free agents on July 1, so unless one of the sides plans on quickly resigning their respective player, this trade doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The Red Wings are already down two defensemen from last years team, which seems to mean that Holland has his eye on some of the top flight free agent defensemen that will be available come July.