San Jose Sharks To Announce Brad Stuart A Shark For 3 Years
It makes me wonder, is Doug Wilson just that confident a negotiator or are back-door deals made with regularity in the NHL? The latest case-in-point is the report out of TSN that the San Jose Sharks will announce signing Brad Stuart to a three-year deal.
I thought it quite risky when the Sharks traded Andrew Murray and a low draft pick for the unrestricted free agent despite Wilson’s statement he was confident he could get the player signed. Given the state of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Stuart’s leverage in the situation and Stuart’s potential on the open market, I TRUSTED that Wilson wouldn’t make the deal unless he already had a tentative contract in place. Turns out he probably did.
Is that legal under the current CBA? Can you have something in place with a player before you take action to acquire him? Is that even what happened? It has to be, no one is going to take million dollar gambles recklessly.
Whatever the details I’m very happy to see the proven penalty killer come back to San Jose, and I’m glad to see that Wilson - once again - is working to tweak the team to fill needs that hopefully will return us to a run for The Cup.