Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Brad Stuart Jersey Card

Much has been said about the weakening of the Detroit Red Wings' defense corps after Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement, but few have factored in Brad Stuart's departure, as he re-joined the San Jose Sharks this off-season. Not necessarily known as an offensive powerhouse (he is usually in the 20-point range at season's end), he holds the Sharks' team record for the two fastest back-to-back goals by the same player - 17 seconds apart.

This card, from Upper Deck's 2007-08 Black Diamond set (card #BDJ-BS, the Black Diamond Jersey sub-set) has him pictured in the Calgary Flames' white uniform but lists him as a member of the Los Angeles Kings - he'd signed a one-year deal with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, which leads me to suspect the piece of jersey is from a Flames game.

All told, he only played 27 games with the Flames and 63 with the Kings, so regardless what team the swatch is from, it's relatively rare in itself. He's played 6 seasons with the Sharks, 5 with the Wings, and two half-seasons with the Boston Bruins.

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