Stuart, Sharks Reach Impasse In Talks

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The agent for Sharks’ holdout defenseman Brad Stuart told The San Francisco Chronicle that his client has left San Jose and returned to his offseason home in Calgary because of an impasse in contract negotiations.“Our goal is to get him back, no doubt,” Los Angeles-based agent Pat Brisson told the paper. “But now that Dean (Lombardi) has decided to go through a cooling-off period, Brad has decided to go back to Calgary and that’s the sad part.”

Lombardi, the Sharks’ general manager, said last week the two sides were taking a step back after failing to come to an agreement throughout the first month of the season.

“He’s going there (Calgary) to continue his training,” Brisson said of Stuart. “He feels he might be better off there than in San Jose where nothing is getting accomplished. He was ready. He wanted to play opening night.”

Stuart, 22, was San Jose’s second-leading scorer on the blue line in each of the past two seasons. Stuart had declined the Sharks’ qualifying offer that included a mandated 10-percent raise to $1.072 million.

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