Flávio, Humberto Fernandes, and a guy named Marcelo Constatino spent the day buoying up an otherwise pessimistic and down-on-the-Wings email list to which I belong. It's sad, really, how negative we North American Wings fans can be in contrast to our Brazilian counterparts. - Matt
Update (4:58 PM): George Malik has more on the trade here. - Matt
Update (4:52 PM): Stuart wore #6 in LA and though that number is not hanging from the rafters, he's going to have to get a new one as it was retired by James Norris in 1939. He has also worn #7 in his career, but that won't work either, as it is currently hanging from the rafters at JLA in honor of Ted Lindsay. - Matt
Update (4:27 PM): Lyle Richardson a.k.a. Spector has more on Stuart:
"Stuart was once considered a promising young defenseman with all the tools to be a star in the NHL during his years with the San Jose Sharks, but he’s never been the same since the Sharks dealt him to the Boston Bruins in the Joe Thornton trade in the 2005-06 season. ...
"... He’d struggled in the first half of the season but seemed to show improvement in recent weeks.
"... It remains to be seen how Stuart will adjust but playing on a deeper club like the Wings despite their recent struggles could take some pressure off his shoulders and help him regain some confidence. If so he could become a good depth addition for the Wings down the stretch and into the playoffs."
Update (4:09 PM): The commenters at Abel to Yzerman aren't exactly thrilled with the trade. - Matt
Update (3:50 PM): I should point out that a more immediate answer to the question of who sits depends on who returns for what I assume will be Stuart's first game with the Wings, the meeting with the Sharks on
Saturday Friday. If none of the injured regular defensemen return, Garrett Stafford is the odd man out.
If just one of the three—Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall, Chris Chelios—returns, my guess is Kyle Quincey will be demoted. If two of those three make it back, both Quincey and Ericsson will return to Grand Rapids. If all three do (which is unlikely), the two Griffins be demoted and Meech is a likely healthy scratch. -Matt
Update (3:41 PM): Khan reports that the second rounder is a 2008 pick and the fourth rounder is a 2009 pick. -Sarah
Update (3:34 PM): This obviously isn't a bad deal as it did not cost the Wings a roster player or an established prospect.
The added depth and experience is a good thing, though going into the postseason with Meech as the seventh man would not have been the end of the world by any means. Personally, I'd have rather seen a scoring forward come this way in a trade rather than a defenseman, but I'm not going to complain too much.
The question now is, who sits when everyone is healthy? -Matt
Update (3:29 PM): Some more details about Stuart:
He's a 28-year-old potential UFA making $3.5 million this season. He's scored five goals and has 16 assists this season. His career high is 39 points—9 goals, 30 assists—over 77 games in 2003-2004. -Matt
According to Kukla's Korner, the LA Kings have traded Brad Stuart to Detroit for a second and fourth round pick. More to come.