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Sturm Skates, Speaks

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins left wing Marco Sturm, who injured his right knee during last season's playoffs, has returned to the ice.

This morning at Ristuccia Memorial Arena, the German-born forward took the next step in his rehab and skated prior to the B's regular practice.

"It’s good, better than I expected, so I’ll skate almost every day now and we’ll see," said a cautiously optimistic Sturm. "The knee is going to let me know how things are going, so right now, it’s just getting used to the ice again and...getting stronger again.

"I’m not that strong yet, so there is still time to go, but I was really happy about being back on the ice."

Sturm said that he did not feel any pain when he took his first strides around the rink.

"No, nothing, no," said Sturm. "There’s no pain, there’s nothing, just a little weakness. I can tell the other one is a little bit stronger than this one, so it is just going to take time, a little bit."

Sturm, who previously had a similar injury to his left knee, compared the two scenarios.

"I don’t know, it’s tough to say," said Sturm. "A lot of times, it’s pretty similar.

"You know, last week I had a little fluid in there, just like the one I had, the first one, so it’s kind of pretty similar right now I think.

"It just takes time. I’ve just got to be patient, but I know what to expect, too," he said.

Thinking back to last season's second round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Sturm was asked if he felt the B's would have had a better result had he and David Krejci been healthy.

"I don’t know. It’s tough to say," said Sturm. "But I think, of course, if you lose two guys who play a lot of minutes, a lot of special teams and stuff like that, of course it’s going to hurt you.

"It’s easy to say now, but I think after [David Krejci] went down too, it really hurt us."

Sturm said that he would not return to regular practice immediately.

"No, I think...the next two weeks or something are just going to be by myself," said Sturm. "Like I said, I'll just try to get used to the ice again.

"I’ll get stronger on the ice and off the ice, too, and we’ll see where we’re at in the next two-three weeks."

As for the timetable beyond those few weeks, Sturm isn't sure if he'll make his goal of a return in November.

"It’s going to be tough," said Sturm. "I don’t know, I just really don’t know. We’ve just got to see how the next two, three weeks go, but I want to make sure I’m going to be full strength and before that, I’m not going to play."
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