DETROIT - Brad Stuart is going to be back to help the Detroit Red Wings defend the Stanley Cup.
The defenceman signed a US$15-million, four-year contract extension with the Red Wings on Tuesday, just before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Stuart's contract includes a no-trade clause for the first two years of the deal and a limited no-trade after that.
Detroit acquired the 28-year-old Stuart from Los Angeles at the trade deadline in February and he helped the team win its fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years last month.
The four-year contract gives Stuart some stability after playing for four teams over the past two seasons.
He has 229 points (59-170) in 579 career NHL regular-season games.