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Stuart comes home in trade

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DETROIT (AP) -Brad Stuart isn't even thinking about heading back to his home province.

The veteran of nine NHL seasons and a native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, played his first game with the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. The team acquired him and center Wayne Primeau from Boston for Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew.

"I think that's not something I've even had a chance to think about. That's probably going to be put on the back burner for now," Stuart said after Calgary's 7-4 loss to Detroit. "My purpose is to help this team and I just will do what I can to make the team better and go from there."

The Flames are the defenseman's third NHL team.

Early last season, Boston got Stuart, now 27, in the deal which sent Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks, where Stuart had played since 1999.

He will give the Flames an impressive foursome on defense with Dion Phaneuf, Roman Hamrlik and Rhett Warrener, who currently is out with an arm injury.

"I'm going to see where I fit in and go from there," said Stuart. "It's going to take a little bit of an adjustment. For a start, it was pretty good. I have a good feeling about this team."

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