BOSTON — Marco Sturm had an adventurous day.
He took the morning skate with four other teammates at TD Garden, he was reportedly traded to Los Angeles, he may or may not have taken a physical, and might have failed that exam. And he ended the night still as a member of the Bruins.
Here’s how general manager Peter Chiarelli broke down the situation in a statement to the media:
“I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm. I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving 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.”
The Chiarelli statement was in response to the reports, initially from TSN this afternoon, that Sturm had been dealt to LA for a conditional pick. He is still recovering from last summer’s knee surgery and is at least a few weeks away from returning to the lineup. When he’s ready to be activated he will come off Long Term Injured Reserve and the Bruins will need to find room for his $3.5 million salary-cap hit or move him.
The Bruins are scheduled to report to Ristuccia Arena 11 a.m. Friday, with Sturm expected to be in the mix.
“All I can say is I can speak on behalf of the whole team: he’s part of our team right now,” said head coach Claude Julien. “He’s nowhere else but with us. … We’re going to embrace him as one of our teammates and just because there’s a possibility doesn’t mean he’s gone. I think Peter’s got all kinds of options, I would imagine, or hopefully he’s got options. Just because that’s been brought out doesn’t mean that’s going to happen. So that’s how I’m approaching it, as though he’s still part of our team.”