Brad Stuart


Programming note:  Sharks-Avalanche coverage gets underway tonight at 5:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California


As expected, it was a relatively quiet first few hours of NHL free agent availability for the San Jose Sharks.


SAN JOSE – Less than 20 seconds into the first period, the Los Angeles Kings looked like they were about to take the lead in Game 1.


SAN JOSE – Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart’s return to the lineup from an unspecified upper body went well for two games.


It was unlikely that Logan Couture’s injury was of the devastating variety, after the center tried to return in the second period only to retreat to the dressing room again after a single shift.