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Brad Stuart Could Be A Big Hit In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Like Avs players, Avs fans will soon appreciate having Stuart on their side. If nothing else, pay attention to Stuart's skating — his smooth, seemingly effortless stride gets him in position to make plays as well as anyone in the NHL.

"He's a really steady influence," said Erik Johnson, who is playing with Stuart as the Avs' top pairing. "He won a Stanley Cup in Detroit and has been on a lot of winning teams. He's approaching mid-30s, but he really skates well out there. If you can skate in the league you're going to be around for a long time, and he can definitely move."

Stuart came to Colorado from San Jose at a large cost: The Avs sent the Sharks a second-round draft pick in 2016 and a sixth-rounder in 2017. Stuart waived his limited no-trade clause to come to Colorado after the Sharks self-imploded again in the 2014 playoffs after taking a 3-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings, the eventual Stanley Cup champions.

"Yeah, I think it was a good time," Stuart said of getting out of San Jose, the team that chose him third overall in the 1998 draft. "They wanted to make, probably, more changes than they did. First thing I noticed here is, everything is positive; everybody is excited about the season. Reading some of the things going on (in San Jose), it's a little different atmosphere. I'm excited to be a part of this. It really feels good."

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Hootinani's avatar

Thanks again, Holland.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 09/28/14 at 10:17 AM ET

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Thanks again, Holland

I wish we had Stuart, but how did Holand fail in this instance?

Posted by Garth on 09/28/14 at 10:27 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I would not be happy if Holland had paid that price in trade for Stuart.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/28/14 at 10:44 AM ET

Paul's avatar

I kept an eye on the Sharks last season and B. Stuart is not what he once was.  Seems to have lost a step plus was a healthy scratch for a few game too.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/28/14 at 10:58 AM ET

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Agree with Paul. Can’t see him helping Avs or any team.

Posted by Puckbubba on 09/28/14 at 12:34 PM ET

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