I was able to catch up with Marco Sturm just before he hit the bus to the airport. Despite the B’s tough evening against the Panthers, Sturmie was gracious enough to answer some questions about his signing:
JB: You had talked, earlier, about wanting to test the free agent market. What, in particular, made you change your mind?
MS: First of all, I really didn’t say it that way. We said that if it was not going to be the right offer I was going to free agency. But I always said, in the back of my mind, that I wanted to stay here, because I like it here. And I knew that if they gave me the right contract I was willing to stay.
JB: What about Boston made staying so interesting to you?
MS: There were a lot of things. They always treat me well, here -- since I was traded here. And I love playing here in Boston. My family likes it, too. And that’s really important. The coaching staff, this year especially, they gave me a really good opportunity to have a lot of ice time and play in every situation. And, you know, I have two top centermen. Most of the time I play with Bergeron. So, that all came together and there are a lot of reasons and that is why I made my decision.
JB: You are a pretty happy-go-lucky guy. Is it difficult to be the one remaining piece, still in Boston, after the Thornton trade?
MS: You know what. I don’t care about the Thornton trade anymore. That was a long time ago and…I have forgotten it a long time ago, so it is not in my head. And there is still the possibility, that, maybe not Stuwie (Brad Stuart), but maybe Primeau (Wayne) would sign back here. But, you know, the whole Thornton trade, that’s going to end pretty soon.
JB: What do you expect out of yourself, and the Bruins for the rest of the season? Obviously, you’ve signed a fairly lucrative contract. The team has been playing much better of late. Discounting this evening, what do you expect down the stretch?
MS: We are fighting for a playoff spot. We got really close, before this game here. But overall it was a pretty good road trip for us. But we have to stay on it. The playoffs -- that’s the only goal we have this year.
JB: Your negotiations with Peter Chiarelli -- did they go smoothly?
MS: Yes. I knew, he told me a long time ago, that he was going to do everything to keep me and that he liked me. He started pretty low, but in the end he got me what I wanted -- especially the years, too. ----
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