It’s official: the Boston Bruins have re-signed defenseman and restricted free-agent, Mark Stuart, to a one-year contract worth $1.675M. The B’s now have their six starting defenseman under contract for this upcoming 2010-11 NHL season—Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Matt Hunwick and Stuart.
According to capgeek.com, the Bruins have less than $2M of cap-space remaining. So this deal ($200K less than Boychuk, and just $225K more than Hunwick), is a most certainly a hometown discount, while giving the Bruins an extra year to up his pay and years at the end of this contract.
Earlier this week, the Bruins also signed blue-liner Nathan McIver to a two-year contract; adding depth to their back-end. Also in the mix for that possible seventh (or even sixth) spot in the blue-line are Yuri Alexandrov, Andrew Bondarchuk and Jeff Penner, to name a few.
Stuart is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he saw his 213 consecutive games-played come to an end via two separate injuries: sternum and finger. He posted 2-5-7 in 56 games played this past 2009-10 NHL season with 80 PIM, 83 blocked shots, and 103 hits. He made it back from injuries to dress in four post season games for Boston, but had zero points and a minus-4 rating.
The 26-year-old Stuart has 252 career NHL games under his belt, and has posted 12-23-35 scoring totals and 261 penalty minutes. The 6’2″ Stuart has also appeared in 22 post season contests, registering 0-2-2 totals.