Bruins Might Need to Keep an Eye on Marco Sturm

BOSTON - MAY 01: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins watches as teammate Marco Sturm #16 is attended to after a hit in the first period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 1, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sturm left the game and did not return. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

If you’re an NHL player, it’s a bad thing having your name linked to a potential trade.

But it’s even worse actually getting traded (unless you’re traded away from an awful team or a bad city).

But being almost traded but then not? And not during the February trade deadline?

That’s got to be the worst.

That’s where Marco Sturm is after almost getting traded to the Kings last week.

There were lots of rumors Sturm would be traded and he agreed to a waive his no-trade, so the Kings trade wasn’t a surprise.

The surprise was when the trade didn’t go through.

So after walking around, saying goodbye to his teammates, Sturm is still a Bruin.

A Bruin in purgatory.

Sturm is rehabbing a torn ACL and MCL in his knee, and it seems the Kings might have been scared off by the knee, although the injury is hardly a secret.

But if the Kings didn’t like something about the knee, both the Bruins and Sturm might be wondering if another team will be interested in him.

Given Boston’s cap issues, they’ll need to move Sturm before he’s healthy because once he’s healthy, the Bruins lose his long-term injury exemption and his salary re-joins the Boston cap.

In the meantime, some advice for Sturm’s Boston teammates:

  1. Don’t lend him large sums of money. He can be gone at any moment
  2. Answer carefully when he asks what you’re doing this weekend. He might be looking for someone to help him move
  3. Don’t scrimmage with him. As Mark Streit and Matt Moulson showed us, sometimes our teammates accidentally horribly injure us
  4. Be careful what you say if he asks you if you’re happy with your ice time. He might be trying to trick you into Dany Heatley-ing yourself out of Boston
  5. If he asks you to go for a boat ride with him, just say no.