After failing to land Tomas Fleischmann last week, Kings GM Dean Lombardi acted fast, trading for Marco Sturm of the Boston Bruins. Sturm has yet to play a game this season, out with a torn ACL/MCL. It has been reported that Sturm is still about 2 weeks away from being activated, and maybe more time before he’s ready to play.
The Kings have traded a 5th round pick for Marco Sturm, which seems like a low cost, but apparently it will slide upward depending on his production, etc. Really, it’s a good move for the Kings who will essentially pay a modest price for whatever they get in return from Sturm. Sturm must have been in favor of the deal as he had to waive his no trade clause to approve it, per TSN. The writing was on the wall with the overstock of forwards in Boston.
For those who aren’t familiar with Sturm, he was one of the key pieces that went to Boston from San Jose for Joe Thornton. The 32 year-old veteran will be entering his 13th season in the league. In that time, Sturm has accumulated seven 20 goal seasons. In 05-06 he had a career high 59 points. Born in Germany, Sturm holds the record for most games played by a German born player in the NHL.
Expect Sturm to slot in next to Kopitar and Brown on the 1st line once he is healthy.
Sturm has played for San Jose and Boston. Welcome back to the Pacific Division, Marco!
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Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney