March 4, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart (23) during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Thank You, Brad Stuart

As you probably know by now, the Wings have traded Brad Stuart’s rights to the San Jose Sharts, I mean Sharks, in exchange for Andrew Murray and a 7th round conditional pick.  As the article states, the Wings are not going to sign Murray; he’s basically a throw in.  My guess is so the Sharks can stay under the 50 man roster limit if they trade for other players.  Not a bad deal, it just stinks that the Wings are losing two of their top 3 defensemen in one offseason. Hey Ryan Suter, I am willing to do anything to get you in Detroit.  ANYTHING.

Let’s take a moment and remember some of the good times with Brad Stuart in Detroit, shall we?

Here’s Crosby’s ribs being broken:

Here’s Stuart being the Wings second best goalie:

Keep your head up and helmet strapped tight!

Here’s Larry Murphy explaining geometry:

Here’s Stuart destroying a future teammate:

Last and not least:

I could have posted a million more, but I think that’s a good start.

I understand that Stuart did not have a great postseason and it seems numerous fans wanted him gone.  Had he resigned here, I guarantee that he would have gotten back to 2008 Stuart where he was rocking.  He obviously had a lot on his plate and it showed on the ice.  He was a great player and teammate for four and a half seasons and he will be missed.

Thank you, Brad Stuart.

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