Marco Sturm surprised he wasn't traded

Updated: December 3, 2010, 6:39 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- When the possible trade that would have sent the Boston Bruins' Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings fell through on Thursday, the proposed deal had reportedly been contingent on the veteran forward's passing a physical.

But Sturm, who has missed the entire season with a knee injury, said Friday afternoon he has not undergone an examination by any team involved.

"No. No, no, no," he said. "There's nothing. I don't know. I haven't done that, yet."

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When Sturm was approached by general manager Peter Chiarelli, and was asked if he would consider waving his no-trade clause, Sturm knew his career in Boston was coming to a close.

While there's still a strong possibility that Sturm is traded, he's still a Bruin at this point.

Chiarelli was reportedly close to a deal with the Kings on Thursday, but following the Bruins' 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Garden, Chiarelli released a statement regarding Sturm's status with the team.

"I am aware of the various media reports [Thursday] regarding Marco Sturm," Chiarelli said. "I can confirm that I spoke with Marco about waving his no-trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams. I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco. At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team."

Sturm was at Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning, but he did not skate with the team. Afterward, Sturm admitted he thought he had been traded Thursday.

"Peter called me and said there was nothing done, and that was it," Sturm said. "It was a big day. I saw him today and there's nothing to talk about. I'm just going to be the same guy, nothing really changed. I've just got to wait to see what happens, and it could go either way."

Sturm gave his assessment of the situation, saying Chiarelli approached him a couple of days ago and asked the veteran forward if he would waive his no-trade clause. Sturm said he thought about it overnight, and when he spoke again with Chiarelli on Thursday, Sturm said he would allow a trade. Chiarelli then informed him of the teams interested in his services, and Sturm thought for sure a deal was imminent.

"I thought it would be done [Thursday], too," Sturm said. "It didn't happen, so I'm going to work out again hard and see what happens."

Sturm decided to waive his no-trade clause because the teams involved are "very good teams," and, "a few of them would be a very good fit."

"But it's [Chiarelli's] choice now," Sturm said.

If Sturm were to stay in Boston, he would be fine with that, too.

"I absolutely love it here," Sturm said. "We have a great team here. I was hoping when Savvy [Marc Savard] and I come back, we could do a lot of things this year, but if not, I've gotta go another way."

Bruins coach Claude Julien explained that due to medical reasons, Sturm did not skate during Friday's team practice.

"It had nothing to do with any of that [trade] stuff," the coach said. "He was here, and it was regarding his [knee] injury."

Julien added that Sturm did not suffer any sort of setback in his rehab, and the coach said Sturm would participate in the Bruins' morning skate on Saturday in Toronto.

"There was no hidden agenda behind him missing today," Julien said. "He would have done it no matter what has transpired here. It was a scheduled thing.

"There are rumors out there that are flying. Marco is part of our hockey club right now, and to me, I'm going to treat him the same way. There's no reason to change my approach towards him because he's part of our hockey club, and he needs to feel like he's part of our hockey club. I don't see any reason to treat him any differently, or in a special manner."

It's been five years since Boston dealt Joe Thornton to San Jose in exchange for Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart on Nov. 30, 2005. While Primeau and Stuart didn't last long with the Bruins, Sturm has been productive when he's been healthy. He's played a total of 302 games with the Bruins and has registered 106 goals, 87 assists for 193 points.

He's dealt with knee injuries on both legs and has had surgeries to repair the damage in both. He suffered his latest injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring when he tore the MCL and ACL in his right knee.

Sturm has been skating for more than a month and believes he's a few weeks from returning, so when he was asked about a trade, it was something he wasn't expecting.

"It was a big shock for all of us, for all of my family, too. We really didn't see that coming. I know there were a lot of rumors out there, but still, it was hard to take," he said. "I absolutely love it here. I've had a great five years here. It's hard, but I also understand the business."

When asked why he would waive his no-trade clause since he loved playing in Boston, Sturm gave an honest answer.

"I've got to seize the situation," he said. "I had a talk with Peter and he explained it to me. There are a lot of things involved that I can't [disclose]. I have to look at my future, too."

In order to activate Sturm when he's healthy, the Bruins would have to make a move in order to fit Sturm's contract under the salary cap.

"It's totally up to Peter," Sturm said. "I told him I would waive my no-trade clause, and now I just have to wait."

Meanwhile, Sturm admitted it's strange to be in the Bruins' locker room and wearing the spoked-B, knowing the organization is trying to trade him.

"Yes, it is. Definitely," he said. "It's not easy for me to come here. Everyone saw it on the news yesterday, too. I told the guys everything today, everyone understands and we're all professionals. We've got to move forward and see what happens."

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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