SAN JOSE -- Sticking with his plan to move veterans to make room for younger players, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has traded defenseman Brad Stuart to the Colorado Avalanche for two draft picks.

The Sharks received Colorado's second-round pick in 2016 and sixth-round pick in 2017.

Stuart, 34, had a limited no-trade clause in the final year of his contract that will pay him $3.6 million next season.

The Sharks took Stuart with their first-round pick in 1998, then traded him to the Boston Bruins as part of the package that brought Joe Thornton to San Jose. Stuart rejoined the team in 2012 and had three goals and eight assists in 61 games last season.

The trade was announced on the first day of the NHL's free-agent signing period.

San Jose Sharks Brad Stuart (7) fires the puck against Anaheim Ducks in the third period at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
San Jose Sharks Brad Stuart (7) fires the puck against Anaheim Ducks in the third period at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (Josie Lepe/Staff) ( Josie Lepe )

Also, former Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, who was not part of Wilson's plan for the Sharks going forward, signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the New York Rangers.



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