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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Stuart Negotiations Start

According to the Globe, the Bruins are starting contract extension negotiations with defenseman Brad Stuart. He makes 2.8 million this season and could be looking for a 100% raise, which could be up to 5.6 million for 4 or 5 years. It remains to be seen if the Bruins would pay that much, but it is known a team would shell out that money, maybe more for Stuart. Don't forget, Stuart is fairly young at 27, entering his prime and will continue to get better. If I am PC, I am getting this deal done. I don't see any defenseman for middle class money, 4-6 million, entering their prime available. You either pay 6+ million for top talent or 4 or less for veteren talent. At 27 Stuart also has a lot of years of playing time and could be considered a vet by some.

The Bruins need Stuart. He has been a great player since coming to SJ, and if we lose him the JT deal was a waste. Stuart is a keystone to the defense. He has been the teams best overall defenseman. If I am the Bruins, 5 years/28 million is not a bad deal.


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