WILMINGTON — Bruins left wing Marco Sturm was not on the ice for practice today.
Instead, Sturm went through an off-ice workout. Later, he offered his feelings about the difficult situation he is in, acknowledging that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had asked him to waive the no-trade clause in his contract, and that after thinking it over for a night, he had agreed.
Sturm said he and Chiarelli had discussed the teams that had interest in him Thursday, and Sturm expected a trade. When none came, it left him in an awkward limbo.
“I thought it would be done but it didn’t happen,” he said, standing in front of his stall in the Ristuccia Arena (his nameplate still attached) after most of his Bruins teammates had cleared out. “I absolutely love it here. It’s been a great five years. It’s hard, but I understand the business. It’s all up to Peter; there’s nothing to talk about. Nothing has changed [for me].”
Coach Claude Julien insisted that Sturm’s day off was for medical reasons, not due to an impending trade.
“Marco is part of our hockey team right now,” Julien said. “I’m going to treat him the same way: He’s a Boston Bruin.”
Sturm added that his rehab process had not changed either. He still expects to return to competition in mid-December.
He just doesn’t know where.
His potential transfer to the Los Angeles Kings was billed as a “done deal,” by some outlets, beginning with TSN.ca., but the Bruins said last night that no deal was in place.