DETROIT — After practice Brad Stuart had no idea there was a rumor floating around that he had been dealt to the New York Rangers.
“I’ll have to go check my phone,” Stuart said. “I really don’t know what’s going on. That’s kind of funny.
“It’s an eventful day,” Stuart added. “A lot of it is sitting around and watching nothing happen. You definitely pay attention around you unless you’re on the ice practicing. You have no control of it, you just have to wait and see what happens.”
Holland found it a bit amusing as well.
“Somebody is sitting at a computer and making up stories, playing general manager,” Holland said. “And in this world today, when you’ve got one person playing general manager, the whole world jumps on it and runs.”
Holland said six weeks ago Stuart, who’s an unrestricted free agent after this season and may not re-sign, wasn’t going anywhere.
“I haven’t talked to Glen Sather in three weeks,” Holland said. “We’ve had one brief conversation and I haven’t talked to anyone with the Rangers and my conversation with Glen had nothing to do with Brad Stuart.
“I have no idea how rumors like that starts,” Holland added. “If you’re Brad and you’re sitting there, it’s a ludicrous rumor, I don’t know how it starts, he’s got a family, but I think the players also understand it’s a different world today and rumors run rampant.”