Bruins don't ship Sturm anywhere - for now

Montreal Canadiens' Patrice Brisebois is upended by Boston Bruins Marco Sturm.  (REUTERS/Christinne...

Montreal Canadiens' Patrice Brisebois is upended by Boston Bruins Marco Sturm. (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

BOSTON - When the Boston Bruins congregate at the team’s practice rink in nearby Wilmington Friday morning, Marco Sturm is scheduled to be there.

No, he won’t be wearing a Los Angeles Kings jersey. At least not yet.

With the outline of a deal sending Sturm to the Kings for a conditional draft pick said to be in place early Thursday, the proposed swap never officially materialized, reportedly due to medical issues.

Sturm had off-season ACL and MCL surgery and has yet to play this season, although he did return to practice earlier this week. He is said to be at least two weeks away from being ready to take part in games.

“I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement, adding that “there is no trade in place with Marco.”

With Sturm making $3.5 million US this season, the Bruins, already pressed up against the salary cap, would have to create space if they wanted to activate him from the long-term disabled list. Dealing him to the Kings would have made that problem moot.

Sources indicate both sides have left the door open for a potential deal down the road.


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