Hockey

Calgary acquires Stuart, Primeau from Bruins

The Calgary Flames have acquired defenceman Brad Stuart and two-way forward Wayne Primeau in a four-player swap with the Boston Bruins.

The Calgary Flames have acquired defenceman Brad Stuart and forward Wayne Primeau in a four-player swap with the Boston Bruins.

Defenceman Andrew Ference and forward Chuck Kobasew are heading the other way in the trade announced late Saturday.

Stuart was one of the more prized players rumoured to be available ahead of the Feb. 27 trade deadline, even though his agent has indicated the 27-year-old is likely to test the free-agent market in the summer.

"It became evident that when I wasn't having success signing Brad that I was going to have to trade Brad," Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said.

Stuart has seven goals and 10 assists this season, though he is a minus-23 with the struggling Bruins.

When any team doesn't win hockey games something has to change," Boston coach Dave Lewis said.

Stuart and Primeau were among the three players Boston acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent Joe Thornton to San Jose in late 2005.

Thornton would go on to win the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player last season.

Only Marco Sturm remains with Boston, though he and teammate Glen Murray could also be commodities before the deadline.

Two-way forward Primeau will play for a Canadian team for the first time. His career has also included stops in Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

This season, he has seven goals and eight assists in 50 games.

Kobasew, a first-round draft choice in 2001, has scored just 34 times in 210 NHL games. He has four goals and 10 assists in 40 games this season.

Ference has been a steady defensive presence on Calgary's blueline for over four seasons. He was a plus-7 withtwo goals and seven assists this season.

"It's always a bit of a shock when you get traded," he said. "But obviously when you're traded to a storied franchise it's definitely a little easier to take."

Both Calgary and Boston played Saturday night, with only Kobasew not seeing action.

The Flames expect Stuart and Primeau to be in the lineup on Sunday when they play in Detroit.

With files from the Associated Press