Chiarelli: Stuart deal a 'bridge' contract

Updated: July 9, 2010, 2:27 PM ET
By James Murphy | Special to ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Bruins on Friday re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mark Stuart to a one-year deal worth $1.675 million.

With Stuart back in the fold the Bruins get a gritty, physical leader that until this past season had not missed a game over the course of his first two NHL seasons.

"Stewie's a high-character player," general manager Peter Chiarelli told the media at Bruins development camp Friday. "He had a few injuries this year, he came back after that hand infection, ...

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