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Bruins deal Sturm to Kings

Saturday, 12.11.2010 / 6:41 PM / News

NHL.com

The Boston Bruins dealt forward Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday for future considerations. The trade is contingent upon Sturm passing a physical conducted by Los Angeles’ medical staff, and the Kings say he's expected to be back in the lineup by the end of the month.

2010-11 marked Sturm’s 14th NHL season and sixth with the Bruins. The Dingolfing, Germany, native has played 855 NHL games, scoring 234 goals and 232 assists for 466 points. He is the NHL’s all-time leader in those categories for German-born players.

The 32-year-old skated in 302 games for Boston, scoring 106 goals and 87 assists for 193 points. He began this season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Game 1 of the Bruins-Flyers Eastern Conference Semifinal series on May 1, 2010. He had 22 goals and 37 points in 76 regular-season games in 2009-10.

Sturm was chosen in the first round (No. 21) by San Jose in the 1996 Entry Draft. The Bruins acquired him from the Sharks along with Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart for Joe Thornton on Nov. 30, 2005.
Sturm has 20 or more goals in each of his last seven full seasons (2001-02 through 2007-08 and 2009-10 -- he missed most of 2008-09 with a knee injury) and was named to the 1999 NHL All-Star Team.  He recorded career-highs of 29 goals and 59 points in 2005-06 while splitting time with San Jose and Boston.

Sturm has also represented Germany in 10 international tournaments, including the 2010 Winter Olympics, in which he served as team captain.

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