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Stuart re-signs with Red Wings for $3.75M per season

Updated: July 2, 2008, 1:01 AM ET

The Detroit Red Wings re-signed free-agent defenseman Brad Stuart on Tuesday.

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ESPN.com's Scott Burnside confirmed the deal is worth $3.75 million annually over four years. TSN of Canada first reported the deal.

Stuart, who enjoyed a strong playoffs and terrific Stanley Cup finals series for the champion Red Wings, was rumored to be headed back to the West Coast. Detroit general manager Ken Holland, however, convinced him to stay.

Stuart played most of the playoffs with Niklas Kronwall and the pair represent a nice alternative to the team's top pairing of Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom.

All four will return next year, giving the Wings as solid a top-four defensive lineup as there is in the NHL.


2008 FREE AGENCY -- DAY 1

The free-agency period opened with over 30 deals on Day 1. Here's a look at where players landed:


• The Tracker | Day 1 roundup | Free-agent list

TOP DEALS

• Campbell, Huet to Chicago: The Blackhawks were the big buyers of Day 1, landing top free agents Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet. Story

• Redden to Rangers: The New York Rangers added a boost to their blue line by signing defenseman Wade Redden. Story

• Rolston returns to Devils: Who says you can't come home? Veteran forward Brian Rolston landed in New Jersey, where he started his NHL career. Story

• Theodore goes to Washington: The Capitals flip goalies again, but the move comes with more questions than answers. Story

• The rumors: Get all the latest news and information the free agents that are still available on the market. Rumor Central Insider

ANALYSIS

• The grades: There was plenty of movement during Tuesday's first day of free agency, but which teams made the most of those dollars? Scott Burnside breaks down the deals. Story

• Fantasy: Offseason Top 75 player rankings
• Fantasy: Free agency watch