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