Brad Stuart gets to be with his family.
The Red Wings on Sunday traded Stuart's rights to the San Jose Sharks, the team that originally drafted him in 1998.
In exchange, the Wings get a conditional seventh-round pick and forward Andrew Murray. Both Stuart and Murray are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
Stuart, who played five seasons for the Wings after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in February of 2008, had said at the end of this past season that he wanted to be closer to his family, who remained in San Jose.
"I've been living here, my family's been in California," Stuart said after the Wings cleaned out their lockers. "I've got a stepdaughter that needs to finish high school so that's how it is. There's really no way to get around that. My boys are getting older now, they're four and five, so it's getting harder to be away from them."
Stuart said that if it were simply a hockey decision, he would love to remain with the Wings. But being away from...