Updates on Jagr and Stuart.

Could this season be Jaromir Jagr’s last in the NHL? What are Brad Stuart’s plans beyond this season?

SPORT-EXPRESS’s Slava Malamud recently tweeted ” KHL team Lev Poprad, moving from Slovakia to Prague this offseason, plans to make an offer to Jaromir Jagr”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 40-year-old Jagr is no longer a top-line superstar, but played well for the Flyers this season, with 47 points in 63 games so far. Given an opportunity to play professionally in his home country, however, could have an irresistible pull for him.

Is Stuart California dreaming?

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James recently reported the Red Wings could lose defenseman Brad Stuart to this summer’s UFA market, as he could try to sign with a California-based team to be closer to his family, which still lives in the San Jose area during the season, the city where he began his NHL career.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak also recently reported Stuart is unlikely to re-sign with the Wings, as he’d prefer to play closer to his family. Pollak noted the Sharks would be the perfect landing spot for the 32-year-old blueliner, but wondered if Stuart is limiting his options to California, also suggesting it could set up an interesting bidding war between the Sharks and LA Kings, whose GM – Dean Lombardi – drafted Stuart when he was GM of the Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s understandable why Stuart would prefer to play closer to his family. At 32, he still has several productive NHL seasons left, and would be a good addition to any club, including the Sharks, Kings, Anaheim Ducks or Phoenix Coyotes, provided they’re still playing in Arizona next season.


  1. I would argue that Jagr is still a top line superstar, and we will see it in the playoffs. His age dictates that his regular season is more about conservation and avoiding injury (which hasnt been easy or too successful). But given a chance to shine, we will see a lot of the old Jaromir Jagr. When he has the puck, he is as dominant as I remember.

  2. Doubtful that the KHL going to Prague would impact Jagr’s decision on where to play next year. He could have chosen to play in the Czech Extraliga prior to signing in either the KHL or with the Flyers. If he thinks he can compete in the NHL next year, he will, and more than likely with the Flyers.

  3. Nothing against Stuart who is a fine depth defenseman but I don’t see how he fits into the Kings plans next season. Their blue line is one of their strengths and all seven current defensemen are signed through next year in addition to having a nice selection of young dmen in the system. Their real FA need is for another top six (or even better top three) winger.

    The Sharks, Coyotes, or even Ducks on the other hand could quite likely have some holes to fill this summer that would make Stuart a prime choice if the money is right.