Sturm/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — The Bruins no longer have to clear cap space for the return of Marco Sturm because it seems they’ve traded him to Los Angeles.

In a deal first reported by TSN and not confirmed yet by the Bruins, Sturm goes to the Kings for a conditional draft pick. Sturm has been rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee all season and has yet to play in a game. He carries a $3.5 million cap hit and is in the last year of his deal.

So Michael Ryder, Blake Wheeler, et al, can now breathe a little easier.

Had Boston brought Sturm back, they would’ve had to clear around anywhere from $2.5 to $3 million from their cap, according to recent reports.