Jump to content


Photo
* * - - - 3 votes

Brad Stuart to the West Coast?


  • Please log in to reply
77 replies to this topic

#1 deltawing

deltawing

    GO RED WINGS!

  • Gold Booster
  • 153 posts
  • Location:Lansing, MI

Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:54 AM

Brad Stuart will hit unrestricted free agency this summer and it looks like he may not return to the Detroit Red Wings. The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson writes that he wants to play for a California team, so "you have to think the Sharks will take another run at their former first-round draft pick. The Anaheim Ducks, too. Stuart's family has been living in California while he's been playing for the Red Wings."

That said, would it surprise anyone if he returned to the Wings? Nope.


Source: http://insider.espn....features/rumors
Sergeant Rathbun - USMC
Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07 Oct 06 - Apr 07
http://www.last.fm/user/deltawing12

#2 GMRwings1983

GMRwings1983

    The Killer is Me

  • Silver Booster
  • 20,954 posts
  • Location:Jerkwater, USA

Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:05 PM

Anaheim has plenty of assets they want to trade away. A Wings/Sharks trade makes no sense. We don't want to make them better or vice versa.

If the price is right, we should definitely move him, or risk losing him in free agency for nothing.
According to my profile, my reputation is excellent. LOL.

#3 GSBrooks13

GSBrooks13

    1st Line All-Star

  • Bronze Booster
  • 1,095 posts
  • Location:Halifax, NS

Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

I would hate to see Stuart go, but you gotta think if Holland knows Stuart is leaning towards leaving in the summer he could look to trade him by the deadline, could even be perfect timing with the Ducks looking to sell and make changes.

"Push the dirt off your jersey then go for the cup or the trophy or the ring, champion no matter what."


#4 Doc Holliday

Doc Holliday

    LGW's impromptu Photoshopper

  • Silver Booster
  • 4,341 posts

Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:08 PM

Yeah, it's been well understood that this is Stuart's last year in Detroit.

He wants to spend more time with family so I don't fault him. The defensive core is going to look a lot different next season.

Posted Image


#5 GMRwings1983

GMRwings1983

    The Killer is Me

  • Silver Booster
  • 20,954 posts
  • Location:Jerkwater, USA

Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:08 PM

*
POPULAR

Too bad Ericsson doesn't have any family in California.
According to my profile, my reputation is excellent. LOL.

#6 sputman

sputman

    4th Line Baggage

  • HoF Booster
  • 3,080 posts
  • Location:Pittsboro, NC

Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

i respect and understand brad's desire to be closer to his family.

but it's like I've always thought, if you don't want to play for this team, buh-bye.
Posted Image

#7 hillbillywingsfan

hillbillywingsfan

    Awww poor butch

  • Gold Booster
  • 3,594 posts

Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

Too bad Ericsson doesn't have any family in California.

hahahah I knew this was coming from someone=)

I will miss ol stu but I totally understand. It has to be hard to be away form your family that much.
msg-10491-1258682020.jpg


I LIVE IN TEXAS SO I DON'T DESERVE HOCKEY

#8 mmamolo

mmamolo

    1st Line All-Star

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,809 posts

Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:11 PM

Honestly, I think Holland's hands are tied when it comes to the Stuart situation. If Holland knows Stuart is going to leave he only has three options:

1. Trade to one of the California based teams who won't give up much anyways because it's pretty well known that Stuart (in this situation being described) wants to head back out west. Or,
2. Trade Stuart to a non-california based team who may be willing to part with more as Stuart could aid in a cup run. Or,
3. Hold onto him as it would take other assets in order to trade for a replacement and end up losing him for nothing.

I really don't see how the Wings will come out on top in this situation. Plus, with the way the organization treats their players I doubt they move him at all. I see the Wings holding on to him and taking a shot at a cup. Then when the season is over they'll graciously let him go back West.
Posted Imagewww.unsportsmanlike.ca

#9 haroldsnepsts

haroldsnepsts

    "Classy"

  • HoF Booster Mod
  • 17,140 posts

Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:18 PM

Honestly, I think Holland's hands are tied when it comes to the Stuart situation. If Holland knows Stuart is going to leave he only has three options:

1. Trade to one of the California based teams who won't give up much anyways because it's pretty well known that Stuart (in this situation being described) wants to head back out west. Or,
2. Trade Stuart to a non-california based team who may be willing to part with more as Stuart could aid in a cup run. Or,
3. Hold onto him as it would take other assets in order to trade for a replacement and end up losing him for nothing.

I really don't see how the Wings will come out on top in this situation. Plus, with the way the organization treats their players I doubt they move him at all. I see the Wings holding on to him and taking a shot at a cup. Then when the season is over they'll graciously let him go back West.

Well put.

Honestly #2 would likely be the best situation for the Wings in the long run, if not for Stuart, as you're right they'd likely get more in return. Unless he's part of a package deal for Ryan. But like you said, because people know he's a UFA who wants to play in Southern California, the Wings are not in a strong bargaining position.

If they go with #3 though, I hope they do make some big deadline move to take a serious run at the Cup before they lose Stuart and probably Lidstrom next season.

Edited by haroldsnepsts, 16 January 2012 - 12:18 PM.


#10 dat's sick

dat's sick

    Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,352 posts
  • Location:Sweden

Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:05 PM

We need Stuart for a cup run so trading him at the deadline would make little sense, unless it's for a comparable/better D-man.

#11 hooon

hooon

    Hall-of-Famer

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,269 posts
  • Location:Denver

Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:12 PM

If we DID trade Stuart, and say, got a forward in return... who would replace him on defense? Just go with Commie/Kindl? Or do we bring Smith up?

While I understand the situation, our defense is finally playing really well for the first time in a few seasons, do we want to risk messing that up?
Posted Image

#12 FifeHockeyNut

FifeHockeyNut

    Rookie

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 169 posts
  • Location:Fife, Scotland

Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:18 PM

I think we have to keep him for the cup run then cut our losses in the summer. Unless someone is daft enough to trade for his rights before free agency I don't see us getting anything for him. Honestly I'm ok with that, not every player has to retire a wing, we brought him in 08 we won the cup. Job done, move on.


Edit: grammar

Edited by FifeHockeyNut, 16 January 2012 - 01:20 PM.


#13 unsaddleddonald

unsaddleddonald

    2nd Line Scorer

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 748 posts

Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:33 PM

If we DID trade Stuart, and say, got a forward in return... who would replace him on defense? Just go with Commie/Kindl? Or do we bring Smith up?

While I understand the situation, our defense is finally playing really well for the first time in a few seasons, do we want to risk messing that up?


My hope would be Smith. Commie doesn't bring much of anything to the table and Kindl is just blah.

#14 rick zombo

rick zombo

    Grit

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,281 posts

Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:47 PM

They won't be dealing Stuart. Like someone else said, he'll be needed for a cup run.

If anything, I'd like to see Holland deal his negotiating rights to Anaheim or L.A. in June, just to try and keep him away from SJ.

Edited by rick zombo, 16 January 2012 - 01:47 PM.

"In Detroit, every day is a good day to win"

#15 mmamolo

mmamolo

    1st Line All-Star

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,809 posts

Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:06 PM

Ideally Stuart stays for a cup run. If he then decides to leave it'd be great to trade his rights for a mid range pick. The only problem with that is, in my eyes, the only (California) team that would really like to get him (based on roster needs etc) would be the Ducks. For the Wings to be able to trade his rights there would need to be desire from at least two of those teams. Personally, i don't see that as a likely scenario. Especially since there are some good UFA d-men this summer I doubt ANH/LA/SJ trade anything for his rights when they can try and get what they'd want for free on the UFA market.
Posted Imagewww.unsportsmanlike.ca

#16 LeftWinger

LeftWinger

    42 years in Detroit! Time to spend the rest in paradise!

  • Silver Booster
  • 8,816 posts
  • Location:HART - MI

Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:44 PM

Well put.

Honestly #2 would likely be the best situation for the Wings in the long run, if not for Stuart, as you're right they'd likely get more in return. Unless he's part of a package deal for Ryan. But like you said, because people know he's a UFA who wants to play in Southern California, the Wings are not in a strong bargaining position.

If they go with #3 though, I hope they do make some big deadline move to take a serious run at the Cup before they lose Stuart and probably Lidstrom next season.


I think if his heart is set on going to his home state, then Holland MUST attempt to get something in return. I understand your guy's assesment of his pending UFA status kind of handcuffing Holland, BUT what if ALL THREE California teams want his services? It's not like he is chopped liver and he could be a huge help to any of them. So it's not like they are all gonna lowball Holland in and miss on a chance to attain his services. BUT if we are dealing away one of our top 4 defenders, with really nobody to replace him right now (Smith, Kindl or Commie are not top 4 defenders) we damn well be getting someone back that we can put in his place. This is why I cannot see Holland trading him at the deadline unless the deal is just too good to pass up. He be better off trading his rights in June. I'd personally chose Anaheim at the deadline if that is when he will be traded, 1. We won't have to worry about facing them in the playoffs and 2. Since they are looking to sell, they could outbid the other two playoff bound teams who would rather be buyers than sellers and upsetting the chemistry on their team.

With that being said, I really wish Brad would stay, but do understand (personally) spending time away from your family for your career. What ever happens, Brad will be remember as one the best defensemen we have had in Detroit and he will always be a Stanley Cup Champion as a Detroit Red Wing. Godspeed Brad Stuart!

Don't Be Jealous, But I Live Here...

www.thinkdunes.com

 

Nestrasil, yes...Cleary....No!

Dump Q and K Now!


#17 The Secret

The Secret

    1st Line All-Star

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,217 posts
  • Location:Ottawa, ON

Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:34 PM

I love Stuart. He's been so solid for us. I hope he chooses to stay but I also couldn't blame him for wanting to be closer to his family.

#18 GMRwings1983

GMRwings1983

    The Killer is Me

  • Silver Booster
  • 20,954 posts
  • Location:Jerkwater, USA

Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:49 PM

Stuart is really handcuffing the Wings here. We don't have many options that are seemingly good, and we can only trade him to 3 teams potentially. Others have correctly pointed out that trading him for a forward would weaken our defense for the playoffs.

I was going to ask whether we can possibly trade him to a California team for a good D-man in return? That way we can still keep our defense looking good for this Cup run.

But I doubt the Sharks are going to give us Vlasic, or that the Ducks will give us Fowler. In fact, as I said earlier, I don't see the Sharks and Wings dealing with each other at all.
According to my profile, my reputation is excellent. LOL.

#19 SiLkK19

SiLkK19

    1st Line Sniper

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 930 posts
  • Location:Bay Area CA

Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:07 PM

I don't think the Cali teams would bother giving us a good trade, especially now that words out on Stuart wanting to come to a California team. s***ty situation for the wings.

#20 haroldsnepsts

haroldsnepsts

    "Classy"

  • HoF Booster Mod
  • 17,140 posts

Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:09 PM

After reading this thread and thinking about the options, it seems like Holland's best bet would be to keep Stu and make the serious run this year, even assuming they lose him next year as a UFA. Because he would be a big hole in the blueline that you really don't want to try and replace headed into the playoffs.





Similar Topics Collapse

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users