Report: Sturm to have knee surgery
|01.04.09 at 1:19 pm ET|
While most of Bruins Nation is out and about at the Bruins’ Wives Carnival this afternoon posing for pictures in the penalty box and brushing up on their Rock Band 2 skills for a good cause, here’s a few hockey nuggets to chew on:
—Marco Sturm will need surgery on his injured left knee in the coming weeks, according to a report out of the Boston Herald. The German-born winger had just returned from concussion/whiplash symptoms on Dec. 18 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but immediately went down with the knee injury after scoring a first period goal in the victory. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wouldn’t rule out a return by Sturm this season following the surgery, but that’s certainly a good possibility given the lengthy delay leading up to his knee procedure.
‘He’s going to have surgery,’ Chiarelli said. ‘It’s just a question of when. It’s a matter of letting it settle down and getting some strength back in before they do it. We’ll let you know more (next week).’
Not really shocking considering it had taken this long for enough swelling to go down in Sturm’s left knee to make a determination, and the B’s haven’t exactly struggled making a go of it without the Sturm Face for long stretches this season. The talk of Bruins training camp this year was the amazing depth that Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien had to choose from when picking the final spots on the big club. Now they’ve been forced to utilize their organizational depth, and guys like Vladimir Sobotka and Martin St. Pierre have stepped up and made an impact.
–The NHL announced the starting lineups for this month’s NHL All-Star game set for Jan. 25 in Montreal, and there isn’t one representative from the class of the East: the Boston Bruins. Forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Kovalev were voted in as the starters for the Eastern Conference, and Habs blueliners Andre Markov, Mike Komisarek and goaltender Carey Price were also voted in to round out the starting lineup. It’s likely that Bruins Marc Savard, Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Phil Kessel will get consideration when the reserves are announced in the coming weeks.
All-Star vote totals can be found here with B’s players Marc Savard (260,974), Patrice Bergeron (253,592), Zdeno Chara (464, 414) and Tim Thomas (96,623) falling well short of the 1 million plus votes that each of the Eastern Conference starting players received.
In related news, ESPN hockey columnist Pierre LeBrun says he can hear the whining emanating from Boston about the snubs and says “Who Cares?” Good attitude for a hockey columnist to have when he makes his living off people caring about the sport, and he makes an even better one when he sees nothing wrong with the Montreal fans ballot-stuffing to make sure four out of the six Eastern Conference starters were Canadiens during the Jan. 25 game at the Bell Centre.
–Totally unrelated to the Bruins, but a hilarious video of Washington Capitals scorer Alexander Semin daring to go where few skilled players will venture: the fighting arena. After a big hit by fellow Eastern blocker (and much better pugilist) Alexander Ovechkin, Semin and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal found themselves in a post-whistle fracas. What follows is the first slap-fight/bongo punch throwing extravaganza in NHL history, and most assuredly the last fight of Semin’s hockey career. Enjoy…