WILMINGTON — A smiling Marco Sturm  chatted with reporters following his return to the ice on Tuesday, noting that he’s not taking any chances with his recovery and that he isn’t planning on returning to the lineup until he is at 100 percent health.
Sturm, who is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last year, skated very lightly for about half an hour prior to Bruins’ practice, taking laps and shooting on an empty net. He said that his sessions on the ice will be without teammates for at least the next two weeks as he gets a better feel.
“The knee’s going to let me know how things are going,” Sturm said. “Right now it’s just getting used to the ice again and getting stronger. I still know that I’m not that strong yet, so there’s still time to go, but I was really happy to be back on the ice today.”
The Bruins had initially anticipated a late-November return date for Sturm, but he noted that due to a couple of setbacks — fluid in his knee and the team’s European excursion — coming back at that point would be “tough.”
“I think all the traveling to Europe, I think all that didn’t really help.,” Sturm said. “But the whole team went, and I wanted to go too. It was good, but all the traveling, it didn’t help too much and that’s why I think [the rehab] has gone back a couple of weeks.”