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Sturm Happy to See Old Friends

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins –  When the puck drops in the Bruins contest with the Florida Panthers, Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton and Dennis Seidenberg will take the ice against their former team.

The Panthers have a familiar face too in former Bruins forward Marco Sturm, but an upper body injury will keep him out for the ninth straight game.

But he’s feeling better, and Sturm said he enjoyed his first skate back with his team this morning at the BankAtlantic Center.

“I feel really good,” Sturm said. “I’m very excited for the second half of the year, so far we did a pretty good job and for me, I want to stay healthy and have a good run for the next couple of months.”

The Panthers (21-14-8, 50 pts),  are tied for first place with the Washington Capitals in the Southeast Division, but have been battling serious injury problems and have lost 170-man games due to injury.

Entering tonight’s game, Sturm and five others are scratched, including goaltender Jose Theodore.

“I think that makes your team stronger too – it’s been a battle with all the injuries,” Sturm said. “But slowly everyone is coming back and is real excited. We’re still first place in our division, and we have to keep in mind we did a pretty good job.

"But it’s not going to get easier, it’s going to get harder and we’re all ready for that.”

Since playing with the Bruins from 2005-10, Sturm has bounced around with the Kings, the Capitals and the Canucks before joining Florida in a trade earlier this season.

“It’s been great, it’s tough with the weather here but everything else has been great” Sturm joked. “The family’s good, they’re all settled in and the team made it really easy on me.

"They’re a great group of guys, [head] coach [Kevin Dineen] has been great and I really love it. That’s why I’m hoping for a good run too so I can stay here a while.”

And even though Sturm has a new home in the Sunshine state, he still keeps in touch with a few guys from the Black & Gold.

“Yeah of course, I’ve been there for a long time and still in contact with a lot of guys,” he said. “And days like today, it’s always nice to see them.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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