BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Chiarelli will be available to comment on the deal in-person in the Ristuccia Arena Media Room in Wilmington, today, Friday, July 9, at approximately 10:55 a.m., in between the first and second on-ice sessions of the Bruins Development Camp. Stuart will be available via telephone at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the Ristuccia Arena Conference Room today, Friday, July 9. There will be recordings of Chiarelli’s briefing and Stuart’s call posted on the Boston Bruins Media Site shortly after they conclude (www.bostonbruins.com/media).
The 26-year-old Stuart is a veteran of 252 NHL regular season games and has compiled 12 goals, 23 assists for 35 points and 261 penalty minutes in those contests. He has also skated in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering 0-2=2 totals in the postseason.
Last season, Stuart played in 56 games for Boston, notching 2-5=7 totals and 80 penalty minutes before being sidelined for 26 regular season games and 8 postseason contests with a broken left pinky finger and a subsequent infection within that finger.
During his 2008-2009 campaign, Stuart set career highs in goals, assists and points as well as tying his career high in games played, registering 5-12=17 totals in 82 games. He then added an assist in 11 postseason games that year. He has spent his entire career within the Bruins organization, and had played in 234 consecutive games prior to his injury last year.
The 6’2”, 213-pound native of Rochester, Minnesota was selected by Boston in the first round (21st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.