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Kings' trade for Sturm still on hold

Left wing Marco Sturm, acquired by the Kings from Boston in a trade that’s contingent on Sturm’s surgically repaired knees passing doctors’ scrutiny, underwent examinations Monday in Los Angeles but the deal was not made official.

A team spokesman said the Kings have until Tuesday afternoon to complete the medical evaluation. That could mean doctors found something Monday and want to be sure of what it is, or that they didn’t get to finish all their tests in one day and just need more time.

Sturm, a seven-time 20-goal scorer, is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL and torn MCL in his right knee. In December of 2008 he tore the ACL in his left knee. For a player whose effectiveness depends on speed, those injuries could be devastating.

Coach Terry Murray had said earlier Monday that Sturm would meet the team in St. Louis on Tuesday but that hinges on how quickly the Kings’ doctors can complete their tests—and if the results satisfy them.

More on the Kings later at

Helene Elliott, in Detroit

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