BOSTON — Just before the Bruins took on Philadelphia, and lost 2-1 in overtime, tonight at TD Garden, the long-rumored trade of Marco Sturm to Los Angeles took place.
Here’s a sampling of what his ex-teammates had to say:
“He’s a great man. I lived in the same building when I came here and we drove together a lot. We became great friends and he’s a great hockey player. We really could’ve used him. I’m sure he’s going to help LA.”
“He has to take the positive out of it. He’s going to a club that has decent cap space. If he plays well, I think he has a decent chance [to win]. The other thing is, [Kings GM Dean] Lombardi drafted him [in San Jose] so they know what they’re getting and Marco knows at least that the guy likes him. But from my perspective, it’s sad because we got along well and he’s a great guy for the team and everybody loved him. So it’s tough that way.”
“Yeah it’s another player that I think has given us a great service here over the years and it’s unfortunate that he’s run into so many serious injuries that’s just kind of knocked him out of the game for long periods of time, and again, I think we could have used a player like him had it not been for the salary cap. It is what it is and you’ve got to make those kinds of moves and you move on. He was a real good team player. I think he was well respected by his teammates. He was well respected by the coaching staff, and even at times when he had those injuries he was always around and finding ways to participate in the team camaraderie”
“Three and a half years [as teammates]. Yeah. He’s a great teammate. I wish him all the best. It was L.A., was it? Yeah? OK. I hope he goes to L.A. and he has a ton of success and he gets himself an extension and makes himself a home there. He’s a great teammate. I can’t say enough about him. My 3 1/2 years, I don’t know if I met a better guy. He’s very mature and I’m sure he’ll make the best of this situation. It’s not the easiest time of the year to get moved with the family and stuff but I’m sure he’ll do what he can.”