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February 10, 2007
Bruins deal Stuart, Primeau to Calgary
The Boston Bruins dealt free-agents-to-be Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau to the Calgary Flames for Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced late Saturday.
"There was no chance at signing (Stuart).'' said Chiarelli. "So you have to try to go out and find a replacement. We've had discussions with Brad since the fall and we weren't really getting anywhere, so that's part of the equation.''
Kobasew recently dislocated his elbow and is expected to be out of the lineup for 2 to 3 weeks, Chiarelli said.
Defenseman Stuart, 27, and center Primeau, 30, who were acquired along with Marco Sturm from San Jose in the Joe Thornton trade in 2005, will both be free agents at the end of this season.
Defenseman Ference, 27, has three years remaining on his contract after this season. Right winger Kobasew, 24, who played one year at Boston College, has another year left on his contract after this season.
Ference has 2 goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 53 games for Calgary while averaging 26 minutes of playing time per game.
Kobasew has 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 40 games. He averaged 18 minutes per game.
"It's sad to see (Stuart and Primeau) go,'' said goaltender Hannu Toivonen. "They are both great hockey players and great people, but it's a business and we as players just have to do our job and play hockey. Management will do their's.''
Posted by mdivver at February 10, 2007 11:18 PM