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Sturm Now a King

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- Marco Sturm is now a King.

According to a Bruins team statement by Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli, the trade of the winger to Los Angeles was completed on Tuesday.

"It feels great," said Sturm to the Kings website. "I mean it was a long two weeks for me, too.

"Everything was up in the air and it was back and forth a little bit and especially the last two days here, too. There was a lot of testing that I had to get done, but I am really excited to be a LA King, now.

"I'm just going to give my best to help the team and maybe take it to the next level," he said.

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

While there is no set timetable for Sturm's return to the ice, Marco talked about the process of finding his game once he is medically cleared.

"I know it's going to be hard, but I'm just going to try to find my game as soon as possible," said Sturm. "It comes with playing games and a lot of practice, but I feel really confident about it and I think it's a really fun team to watch

"I think it's good for me, too. And I am really excited about it and hopefully we all can click pretty soon."

In his Bruins career, the 32-year-old skated in 302 games with 106 goals and 87 assists for 193 points. He began this season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Game One of the Bruins/Flyers Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

Sturm talked about moving from one team to another in the middle of a season. He said he had been through it before, but last time he wasn't alone in a new locker room.

"I had two guys with me, so it was a little bit easier, I would say," said Sturm, the 21st overall pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, who was acquired by the Bruins from San Jose with Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart for Joe Thornton on November 30, 2005.

"I've gotten traded before, of course, and it's going to be a little weird and I'm nervous about it too, but I've only heard good things about the guys.

"I heard it's a good group of guys and I think things should get easier," he said.
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