Today the Winnipeg Jets proved just how important The Human Factor actually is by re-signing Stuart to a four year extension to the tune of 10.5 million dollars.
Stuart will carry a $2.62MM cap hit over the four year term of his deal which cements his place with the team for the foreseeable future.
Jets' fans are hopeful that Stuart will settle into a 5-6 defensive role which avail him cushy ice-time, but it's likely he will retain a Top Four position for the rest of the season without the services of Grant Clitsome and Paul Postma.
Here are some reactions from the Twitter machine:
If you like his character so much, make Mark Stuart a coach.— Benjamin Wendorf (@BenjaminWendorf) March 5, 2014
Mark Stuart signs for another 4 years # playstough!— dan lecocq (@buzzmanwpg) March 5, 2014
Meh at the Mark Stuart signing for 4 years.— Angie (@awinnipeggirl) March 5, 2014
Congrats to Mark Stuart on his new 4 yr deal with the Jets! So happy for him. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.— Jessica (@AvsAngel14) March 5, 2014
Congratulations Mark Stuart!! Relieved to know he'll be patrolling our blue line for a while. I feel safer already as do our goalies!!— Logical clown (@silver15jets) March 5, 2014
Yes Mark Stuart got his contract extended 😍😍😍😍😍 #NHLJets— Leora Chapman (@LeoraChapman) March 5, 2014
If you want to go bright side on Stu's term: teams are always stupid enough to pay at the deadline for "character"— Travis Hrubeniuk (@thrubeniuk) March 5, 2014