The Los Angeles Kings have added former Boston Bruin Marco Sturm to their roster today. I think this is a brilliant move. First of all, the Kings gave up effectively nothing. A conditional draft pick. Chances are good that the pick won’t be terribly high, but even if it is, it’s a low-risk, high reward kind of move. Sturm was available because the Bruins needed to dump salary, and the Kings were the beneficiaries.
So who is this Sturm character? First of all, he’s a LW that could be a nice addition to the roster, especially when Ponikarovsky rejoins the team. With recent goal scoring struggles, adding a perennial 20 goal scorer can only help. Sturm has netted 20 or more goals every season since 2001 when he has played more than 20 games. That’s a solid goal-scoring pedigree, and while he probably won’t break out this season (he’s 32 – his breakout years are behind him), even 15 or so goals will be a nice addition to the squad.
Even better, Sturm is a low-risk addition. He’s a UFA after this season, so if it flops, they’ll cut ties with him and move on. That makes the move even better, and one that I can get behind 100%.
Assuming Sturm is healthy, and can recapture some of his impressive scoring touch, Sturm will be a spectacular addition to a squad that can only benefit from adding another veteran leader with some playoff experience. One downside? It looks like this will just about seal the fate for Brayden Schenn. It’s just as well. Despite his impressive play, he’s struggling to get regular playing time and that’s something that he needs in a bad way. Let him get some more seasoning (AHL would be best, but is unfortunately impossible), and crack the roster full-time next season.
So what do you think? Good move for the Kings? Something they’ll regret?
EDIT: False. Despite being reported on tsn.ca, as well as numerous other outlets, the trade has fallen through. According to Rich Hammond, Dean Lombardi is denying that any trade has taken place. I wouldn’t rule it out entirely, but signs seem to indicate that injury concerns may have pulled the plug. Bummer.