I have updated this article as more news has come in. I am a little proud that we were (I believe) the first Kings’ media outlet and/or blog to break the Sturm trade. That and .50 cents as the expression goes…
The trade is confirmed. The Kings only gave up a conditional draft pick. The pick appears to be a 5th rounder but that could go up (the condition) depending on games played and points. The latter is not yet confirmed by the team. Sturm still has to pass a physical but that is almost routine at this point. He will pass it.
I told Surly just two nights ago that I had a fear Dean would trade for Sturm and that would be the answer on left wing…I should learn to keep my concerns to myself.
Sturm is only signed through this season. His cap hit is $3.5 million per season. He is a rental for now, depending of course on his performance.
He has had (surprise, surprise) injury problems.
He underwent surgery to repair his meniscus and ACL in his left knee during the 08–09 season, where he only played 19 games. Then, last season, you may recall he suffered another knee injury in the semi’s against the Flyers. He didn’t play another game for them and he hasn’t played a single game this season as he underwent surgery again. I understand he has been cleared to play but still may be a couple of weeks away.
Sturm’s game is a speed game. He is (when healthy) lightning fast and he does have a good shot. He is a 20 goal scorer and is willing to play the hard hitting game along the boards. But remember the disclaimer…when healthy. I am not sure what a player who has undergone TWO knee surgeries over 3 years is going to contribute now to a team that needs a first line left winger to put up goals and points.
Dean Lombardi drafted Sturm back in 1996. Dean, as my buddy Howard Roark has observed, loves German born players.