Red Wings Deal Stuart to San Jose

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Sunday that they have traded defenseman Brad Stuart to the San Jose Sharks in return for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014 and forward Andrew Murray.

Both Stuart and Murray are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Stuart spent the last four seasons with the Red Wings after being acquired by the team at the 2008 trade deadline.  He had made it clear that he intended to return to California – where his family remained during his time in Detroit – as a free agent this offseason.  Should he re-sign with the Sharks, it will mark his second stint with the team, as San Jose drafted him third overall in 1998.

Murray was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2001 and has played in 220 NHL games between the Blue Jackets and the Sharks.  He was reportedly included in the deal just to give the Sharks roster space to acquire Stuart, as the Wings will make no attempt to sign him.

Red Wings Blanked by Blue Jackets

On the heels of a game in which they scored seven goals against the Ottawa Senators, the Detroit Red Wings came up empty against the Columbus Blue Jackets, dropping a 3-0 decision Friday night.

Columbus netminder Steve Mason made 34 saves in earning the shutout. It was the third time in his career that he held the Red Wings without a goal.

Antoine Vermette opened the game’s scoring with 7:31 left in the first period. Vermette came over the boards on a line change while the Blue Jackets had possession deep in the Detroit end. He raced over the blue line to take a pass from Matt Calvert before the Red Wings knew he was there and blasted a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Jared Boll made it 2-0 with 6:49 left in the second. Andrew Murray sent a pass from behind the net to Boll in the slot, where he put it back past Howard.

Murray added an empty-net goal with 1:12 left to play to finish the scoring.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. The Blue Jackets had three tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had six power plays, including a second-period five-on-three.

Howard finished the night with 21 saves on the 23 shots he faced.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Nashville Predators.

Detroit was once again without forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom. They are day-to-day, both hoping to return on Saturday in Nashville.