Sturm to Kings on Hold (For Now)

BOSTON — As first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger on Twitter, the Bruins have dealt forward Marco Sturm — who waived his no-trade clause — to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional draft pick.

With the trade, the Bruins got some much needed cap relief as they are now under the salary cap. Because of Sturm’s $3.5 million cap hit, however, the team wasn’t able to receive much in return other than draft picks and/or prospects.

Sturm came over in the trade that sent Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks along with Brad Stuart and Wayne Priemau in 2005. Stuart and Primeau were both traded to Calgary in February of 2007 in a deal that sent Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew to Boston. And now with today’s trade, the Bruins have dealt all three players that came in the Thornton trade.

In his five year tenure with the Bruins, Sturm posted 193 points in 302 games (106 goals, 87 assists) and led the team in goals during the 2009-10 season (22) and 2007-08 (27, which he also posted in 2006-07). In last year’s winter Classic, Sturm scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the Flyers at Fenway Park, and he also scored the game-winner against the Montreal Canadiens in the Game 6 epic of the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

While Sturm had a pretty productive career with the Black and Gold, he was also plagued by knee injuries the past couple of years. Two years ago he only played in 19 games and last year he missed the rest of the postseason after an ACL injury during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers.

With their cap issues solved, Michael Ryder, who has been the subject of many rumors (including being demoted to Providence) will likely remain with the Bruins at least until the end of the year. Ryder, who has a $4 million cap hit, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and he has been pretty productive so far with six goals and eight assists through the first 23 games of the season.

Its certainly been a busy week for Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. Earlier in the week, Chiarelli dealt Matt Hunwick to Colorado in exchange for former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen.

And now that the Bruins are under the cap after today’s trade, Chiarelli has a little more leverage going forward if he wishes to add some assets come trade deadline time.

UPDATE: The deal that was reported today is still pending approval. Here’s the latest tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

“Medical issues clouding potential Marco Sturm trade from BOS to LAK. No Deal in place at this time. Some uncertainty on whether it gets done.”

As stated earlier, Sturm has had knee problems the past couple of years. It would not be a surprise whether this deal does or does not go through after all.

UPDATE 2: More from McKenzie via twitter:

“Sturm waived his NTC to go to LAK and thought he was on his way but fact is he is still injured and complicated matters. Stay Tuned. No timeline.”

UPDATE 3: From EPSN.com’s Pierre LeBrun via twitter

“Bruins and Kings say Sturm deal is dead”

“But to be clear, was told “dead as of now.” Both teams leaving door open.”

So looks like Sturm will not be a LA King today or perhaps in the near future. However, Sturm is about 2-3 weeks away from returning to the ice. So while he might not be dealt today there is still an open door. And given that Sturm’s history with Kings GM (and former Sharks GM) Dean Lombardi, I would not be surprised if Sturm still waives his NTC to come to LA.

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