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Bruins acquire Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau for Joe Thornton

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Brad Stuart, left wing Marco Sturm and center Wayne Primeau from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Joe Thornton, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Stuart, Sturm and Primeau are expected to be in the Boston lineup on Thursday when the Bruins host the Ottawa Senators at TD Banknorth Garden in a 7:00 p.m. game.

"We felt we needed to shake up the team and sometimes you have to make some difficult decisions to better the team," said O'Connell. "We feel we received three players who can help us immediately. Brad Stuart is a top-four defenseman who is strong at both ends of the ice. Sturm is a proven scorer, a good two-way forward who is a terrific skater and Primeau is a solid, two-way player who has good size at the center position.”

Sturm, 27, was second in the Sharks scoring race this season with six goals and ten assists for 16 points in 23 games. He is in his eighth NHL season since he was drafted by San Jose as their first pick, 21st overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’0”, 195 lb. native of Dingolfing, Germany has scored 20+ goals in three of his NHL seasons, including his best offensive NHL year in 2002-03 with 28 goals and 20 assists for 48 points. His career NHL totals to date are 128 goals and 145 assists for 273 points with 242 penalty minutes in 553 career Sharks games.

Stuart, 26, led all Sharks defensemen and was fourth overall on the team in scoring with two goals and ten assists for 12 points in 23 games while averaging 23:15 of ice time per game. He is in his sixth NHL season since the Sharks took him as their first pick, third overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’2”, 220 lb. native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta finished second in voting for the Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year following his rookie season in 1999-2000 when he had a career-high ten goals with 26 assists for 36 points. He enjoyed his best season offensively in 2003-04 when he recorded career-highs in assists and points with 9-30=39 totals in 77 games. His career NHL totals to date are 36 goals and 117 assists for 153 points with 221 penalty minutes in 377 career Sharks games.

Primeau, 29, had five goals and three assists for eight points in 21 games with the Sharks at the time of this trade. He is in his 11th NHL season and Boston becomes his fifth NHL team. The 6’4”, 230 lb. native of Scarborough, Ontario was drafted by Buffalo as their first pick, 17th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and played five-plus seasons in the Sabres organization before going to Tampa Bay in a multi-player trade in March, 2000. He played two seasons with the Lightning before he was traded to Pittsburgh for Matthew Barnaby in February, 2001 and played two-plus seasons with the Penguins. He was acquired by San Jose for Matt Bradley on March 11, 2003 and enjoyed his best offensive NHL season in a Sharks uniform in 2003-04 when he established career season-highs in all offensive categories with nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points in 72 games. His career NHL totals to date are 47 goals and 89 assists for 136 points with 563 penalty minutes in 520 career NHL games.
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