LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent defenseman Brad Stuart, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.
Stuart, 27, has played seven NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames, the Boston Bruins and the San Jose Sharks. In 507 career regular season games, he has 206 points (53-153=206), 303 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating. In 52 career playoff games, he has 12 points (3-9=12) and 33 penalty minutes.
This past season, Stuart played with both Calgary and Boston, and he recorded 22 points (7-15=22) and 44 penalty minutes while skating in 75 games. He had 17 points (7-10=17) and 26 penalty minutes in 48 games with Boston, and he recorded his 200th NHL point with a goal versus Pittsburgh on January 18, 2007. He was traded to Calgary along with center Wayne Primeau in exchange for defenseman Andrew Ference and right wing Chuck Kobasew on February 10, 2007, and in 27 games with the Flames, he recorded five points (0-5=5), 18 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating.
Stuart also recorded one point (0-1=1) and six penalty minutes in six Stanley Cup playoff games with Calgary this past postseason.
Stuart established new career highs for goals (12), assists (31) and points (43) while skating with both San Jose and Boston in 2005-06. The 6-2, 213-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, began his NHL career with the Sharks in 1999-2000, where he led all defensemen in scoring, finished second in voting for the Calder Trophy (given to the league’s Rookie of the Year) and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. Stuart was originally selected by the Sharks in the first-round (3rd overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Internationally, Stuart has played for his native Canada at the World Championships in 2006 and 2001, and at the World Junior Championships in 1999 (silver medal).
Prior to turning pro, Stuart played three seasons with Regina and Calgary of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and collected 175 points (53-122=175) and 241 penalty minutes in 188 career games. He was named the Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year and a Canadian Major Junior First Team All-Star while leading Calgary to a WHL championship in 1999.