Former Bruins winger Marco Sturm has always been known for his blazing speed.
But this season he’s becoming more famous for quickly moving from team to team without any compensation going the other way.
Today the Washington Capitals, in search of more secondary scoring, claimed Sturm off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. Of course, earlier this season the Kings acquired Sturm from the Bruins for future considerations, which Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli later revealed was, in fact, nothing.
Sturm, coming off two major knee surgeries in two years, scored five goals in 17 games for the Kings. But he also missed some time with a knee ailment. His $3.5 million cap hit makes him a prohibitive acquisition for pretty much any team willing to take the risk on his health.
As Katie Carrera of the Washington Post writes today, the Caps will know more about where Sturm fits into their plans once their done maneuvering before Monday’s trade deadline:
It appears as though Sturm will likely fit on the second or perhaps third line wing and give the Capitals a few more options on both of those combinations, but we’ll have to see how the next two days play out to know for sure.
It remains to be seen if Sturm can stay healthy enough to become a consistent scoring threat again. But now he’s right back in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. And the Bruins, who don’t face the Caps again in the regular season, might still run into him down the road if there’s a Boston-Washington playoff series in the cards.