Thursday the Kings dealt a conditional draft pick to the Boston Bruins for 13 year veteran left winger Marco Sturm. The Bruins would get a fifth-round pick that could move up to the second round based on Sturm’s points and games played. Sturm is recovering from a knee injury and has yet to play this season.
As part of the deal, Sturm must pass a physical in order for the deal to go through.
Sturm had heard the rumors that he may be moved in order to make room on the roster, but more importantly, more room in the cap. Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli, had already traded defenseman Matt Hunwick to Colorado for defenseman Colby Cohen to clear cap room for center Marc Savard whose return to the lineup is coming soon.
Sturm will join a slumping Kings team that desperately needed a top line left wing spot filled. No doubt he will be asked to fill this void.
With seven 20-goal seasons under his belt, including four of the past five seasons, Sturms scoring touch will be tested.
Sturm, 33, is owed $3.5 million this season and could become an unrestricted free agent at seasons end.