It looks like the ongoing saga of the Bruins, Kings and Marco Sturm has been put to rest…for the time being.
In the five years he’s been here, Marco has been happy as a Bruin but he does have an expiring contract with a no trade clause. He would make a good short term player for a team willing to ‘go the extra mile’ for a Cup. He’s got grit, decent speed (prior to the last knee injury) and could be one of those players that come up big in May for a deep playoff team.
When asked about him waving his no trade clause Sturm said, “…I know there were a lot of rumors out there, but still it was hard to take and you know I absolutely love it here. I’ve had a great five years here and you know it’s hard, it’s hard. But I also understand the business part of it and sometimes things don’t go the way you wanted, but yeah I’ve just got to look out for me now, for my future and hopefully for the good way.”
It’s funny but for a guy who loves the organization, city and us fans he still had to make the decision to allow Peter Chiarelli to trade him. He had to meet with the Bruin GM to, “see the situation, and I had a talk with Peter and he explained it to me, and you know there’s a lot of things involved obviously I can’t tell but, yeah, I have to look [out for] my future.”
So with his no trade clause waived, Marco wasn’t saying exactly what teams are in the mix but he did say that where he goes is out of his hands and “it’s his [Peter Chiarelli] choice now.”
As the rumors flew yesterday afternoon, the key question is if Sturm is ready to play. The Bruins have said all along that Sturm would be ready to play in January and with the calendar on the last page, Sturm has started skating with the team but he’s not ready to go and that was probably the reason why the rumored deal didn’t happen.
As far as yesterday’s turn of events, Sturm kept a positive outlook and said, “we kind of went through it and you know, and I thought it would be done that day too, but that didn’t happen so I am just gonna… I am just gonna workout again hard and we will see what happens.” He said he did not take a physical for the Kings but is resigned to the fact he will be traded. “I mean… I am just here, you know I am not involved to do anything. You know I can’t even talk to any other teams or whoever it is. So it’s totally up to Peter [Chiarelli]. There’s…I think there’s nothing to talk about right now. I told them that I removed my no trade and I am just going to have to wait.”
Lastly, it’s part of the business and players know it could happen but you have to feel for him. He’s basically out on an island – he’s currently a Bruin but not really and yet he’s not really anyhere. One last time, Marco was saying, “You know it’s not easy for me to you know to come here. Everyone kind of saw it on the news yesterday too so…I told the guys everything today and you know everyone understands so I think we are all professionals so just like we’ve all gotta go forward.”
Sounds to me like a guy who is giving in to the fact that on May 1, 2010, Marco Sturm was in the starting lineup for the Boston Bruins for the final time. On that first shift of game one against the Flyers, he blew out his knee and now it looks like he will never skate for the Black and Gold again.
All the best to where ever you land Marco. You’ve been a good Bruin and I hope you finish this season in a positive manner.
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Written by Jim Mulligan