• Avs Rule Stuart Out For Season Finale

    News: Brad Stuart (leg) will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Blackhawks, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Brad Stuart sustained the injury in Thursday's game against the Jets, and with the Avalanche already out of the running for a playoff spot, the team made the quick determination to shut him down for the remainder of the season. At present, the Avalanche only have five healthy blueliners at their disposal, so expect them to announce an AHL call-up Friday or Saturday in the wake of Stuart's absence.
  • Avs' Stuart Done With Leg Injury

    News: Brad Stuart suffered a leg injury in Thursday's game against the Jets and will not return.
    Analysis: With just one game remaining in the season Saturday, Brad Stuart may have finished his season with the club. If that's the case, he may have played his last game as a member of the Avalanche, entering the offseason as a free agent.
  • Avs' Stuart Sets Up Goal, Lays Eight Hits In Win

    News: Brad Stuart set up one of five Avalanche goals and racked up eight hits in Thursday's win over the Coyotes.
    Analysis: The 35-year-old Brad Stuart can't be counted on to provide scoring of any kind with much regularity, but he remains something of an asset in specialty formats. Over the last four games alone, Stuart has accrued 24 hits and 10 blocked shots, and has 147 and 116 in those respective categories over 54 games this season.
  • Avs' Stuart Assists In Win

    News: Brad Stuart earned an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Stars.
    Analysis: Brad Stuart is quite proficient when it comes to gathering hits and blocks, but offense is significantly more scarce for the stay-at-home defenseman. He only has one goal and seven assists over 40 games on the season.
  • Avs' Stuart Scores Rare Goal

    News: Brad Stuart scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's win over the Senators.
    Analysis: He only scored three last year and none the year before, which should give you an idea of what to expect from Brad Stuart offensively. Don't pay this goal much mind.
  • Two More Points For Avs' Stuart

    News: Brad Stuart grabbed two helpers in Wednesday's 4-3 OT win over the visiting Flyers.
    Analysis: The second assist was by far the most important, as he and fellow rearguard Tyson Barrie controlled the puck in Philly's end before Barrie dished it to Ryan O'Reilly for the game winner with 20 seconds remaining in overtime. The 35-year-old now has four points in 21 games this year -- all of which have come in the last four games -- but the fact that he hasn't recorded more than 23 points in the last eight seasons makes us believe that his mini outburst is more of an aberration than a sign of things to come.
  • Avs' Stuart Assists Twice Tuesday

    News: Brad Stuart picked up two assists in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Blues.
    Analysis: The two helpers marked the first points in 18 games on the season for Brad Stuart, who offers his most value to the Avalanche on his own end of the ice. The 35-year-old blueliner won't blow you away with his hit or block totals either, making him mostly a non-entity in the fantasy game.
  • Avs' Stuart Activated From IR

    News: Brad Stuart (hamstring) was activated from injured reserve Sunday.
    Analysis: Brad Stuart's activation presumably indicates that he'll be ready to go for Thursday's game in Pittsburgh. If he does indeed suit up, it will mark the 1,000th career game for Stuart, who has been sidelined since Nov. 4 with the hamstring issue.
  • Avs' Stuart Skates With Team Friday

    News: Brad Stuart (hamstring) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Brad Stuart appeared to be nearing a return to action as November came to a close, but endured some kind of setback that delayed those plans. After taking some time off the ice, it appears Stuart has noticed some improvement with his hamstring, and could only need an additional practice or two before the Avalanche activate him.
  • Avs' Stuart Considered Day-To-Day

    News: The Avs are considering Brad Stuart (hamstring) day-to-day at this point.
    Analysis: Brad Stuart was moved to injured reserve Friday, but that was strictly procedural, as a rash of injuries to the Avs' forward ranks forced them to recall a trio of players from the minors. It's not clear what Stuart's on-ice activity has been like of late, but the day-to-day tag would seem to imply that he's nearing a return.