Brad Stuart, who joined the Red Wings at the trade deadline in 2008, was traded to the San Jose Sharks this afternoon in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014 and forward Andrew Murray.
Technically, the Red Wings traded the rights to Stuart to San Jose, as Stuart is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. It is expected the Sharks will craft a deal to keep Stuart in San Jose for the 2012-13 season and beyond.
Stuart joined the Red Wings in 2008 after playing 63 games with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2007-08 season. He was a key contributor to the Red Wings title run in 2008 and a consistent force on the blue line for the last four seasons.
This year, Stuart made it clear he wished to return to the west coast to be closer to his family, and as recently as 10 days ago, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock all but confirmed Stuart would not be back in 2012-13.