is about ready to start playing again. However, it won't be for the Boston Bruins
Sturm, a 12-year NHL veteran who scored the overtime winner for the Bruins at Fenway Park at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, has been traded to the Los Angeles Kings
on Thursday, according to multiple media reports.
Details of what Boston received in return were not immediately available. This is the second trade the Bruins have made this week as they look to clear space under the salary cap -- veteran defenseman Matt Hunwick
was dealt to the Avalanche on Monday in exchange for young blueliner Colby Cohen
Sturm hasn't played in an NHL game this season after having right knee surgery. He was injured in Game 1 of the Bruins' Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Philadelphia Flyers
The 32-year-old Sturm was a first-round pick (No. 21) by San Jose in the 1996 Entry Draft and played part of eight seasons with the Sharks before he was traded to Boston early in the 2005-06 season as part of the package for Joe Thornton
If Sturm does land in Los Angeles, it would reunite him with General Manager Dean Lombardi, who was the GM in San Jose when the Sharks drafted Sturm.
His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 27 goals and a career-high 56 points for the Bruins. In 855 NHL games, Sturm has totaled 234 goals and 466 points. He also has 8 goals and 19 points in 52 playoff games.