Kings complete deal for Marco Sturm
Anxious for some additional offense, the Kings on Saturday acquired injured winger Marco Sturm from Boston in exchange for future considerations. Sturm, 32, has scored at least 20 goals seven times in his NHL career but he hasn't played this season after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason. That makes the deal contingent on Sturm passing a physical.
Sturm, who began practicing with the Bruins about two weeks ago, is about to be activated and is expected to join the Kings on their upcoming five-game road trip. That made the cost-cutting Bruins anxious to deal him and the $3.5 million remaining on a four-year, $14-million deal he signed in 2007. The Kings and Bruins have been discussing a deal all month.
Sturm agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal. He tore ligaments in his left knee in the 2008-09 season and injured his right knee during the second round of the playoffs last spring.
The German-born winger began his career with San Jose and was drafted by then-General Manager Dean Lombardi, who is now the Kings' general manager.
-- Kevin Baxter
Photo: Marco Sturm during his days with the Sharks. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press