January 31, 2011
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, there is interest around the league in Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart. Stuart has been a healthy scratch in favor of Adam McQuaid for the last three games. Stuart signed a one year $1.675 million dollar contract in the offseason and will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season.
Haggerty states that if the Bruins deal Stuart it would simply be for salary cap purposes, allowing them to add another player at the deadline. If the Bruins were to trade Stuart, without getting another defenseman back in some sort of deal it may end up being a mistake. If any of the current top 6 defensemen (Andrew Ference) were to get injured, it would force them to put a rookie (Matt Bartkowski) in the lineup. However, if the Bruins trade Stuart and upgrade on the blueline, possibly a puck moving defenseman, that would allow them to push McQuaid to the 7th defenseman spot. The Bruins will most likely lose Stuart at the end of the season, so making a trade would be worth a shot if it nets them an upgrade on the blueline.
July 8, 2010
According to WEEI.com, the Bruins and Mark Stuart are “very close” to reaching a contract extension.
Stuart figures to receive top four minutes this season especially with the trade of Dennis Wideman.
UPDATE: Csnne.com is reporting that the Bruins and Mark Stuart have agreed to a one year deal extension at $1.675 million. Stuart will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
April 5, 2010
Mark Stuart had surgery due to cellutitis on his finger. Stuart will miss the remainder of the season but if the Bruins make the playoffs he is expected to be able to play at some point. With Stuart and Dennis Seidenberg suffering from injuries, Adam McQuaid has been recalled from the Providence Bruins and will be available tonight.
December 16, 2009
According to the Boston Globe, Mark Stuart will be out 4-6 weeks because of a broken sternum. Stuart suffered the injury on Monday against the Philadelphia Flyers. With the lose of Stuart, Matt Hunwick will now be inserted into the lineup. Additionally, Dennis Wideman, who was injured in the third period of Monday’s loss, did not make the trip. That means either Andy Wozniewski or Adam McQuiad will make their season debut for the Bruins.
August 13, 2009
The Bruins now have three offensive defensemen (Wideman, Morris and Hunwick), two hybrids (Chara and Ference) and one stay at home guy (Mark Stuart). What would your pairs be? Obviously Boychuk is the 7th defenseman.