|Mike Milbury on D&H: NHL salary cap ‘un-American’||12.15.10 at 1:01 pm ET|
NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins and the NHL. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Milbury said it was tough to see Marco Sturm go, as the Bruins completed the trade with the Kings to clear up cap space. Said Milbury: “I wish there were another way to go, because on this team he would have been a great fit on the third line and allowed a bunch of other guys to try a hand at a top-six forward position. And that’s where I think Sturm fits best. He can play up to the second line. He’s a real good third-line player on a terrific team, and the Bruins are working their way toward that.”
Milbury said he’s not a fan of the hard cap. “I don’t like it. I mean, what is it doing? It’s sort of leveling the playing field for everybody. Is that what we’re trying to do? It’s sort of un-American, isn’t it? You’re supposed to be out there, spend as much as you want, do whatever you want, and you reap the consequences or the benefits. After all is said and done, I miss the Evil Empire in New York and I miss the Detroit Red Wings spending all sorts of money.”
Commenting on Flyers forward Jody Shelley‘s hit on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid in Saturday’s game, Milbury said: “It was a dumb hit. He’s paying the price for it. I think that was one that every player in the league can go, ‘Geez, you’ve got to be smarter than that.’ ” Milbury added that he supports automatic icing so as to avoid such situations.
Linus Omark made his NHL debut with the Oilers on Friday night, and the youngster turned some heads in the shootout when he did a 360-degree spin upon touching the puck, then faked a slap shot and fired the pick past Lightning goalie Dan Ellis for the winner.
The flashy moves did not bother Milbury. “We go to this shootout after an overtime, and it’s a gimmick,” he said. “It’s not hockey, it’s a test of skill. You know what? Let it rip. Let it fly. Do handsprings or backflips or whatever you think of to A) entertain the fans, and B) maybe distract the goaltender. … He can do whatever he wants. He can go naked at center ice, a la ‘Slap Shot.’ I’d like to see that. That would really sell some tickets.”
|Marco Sturm passes physical with Kings||12.14.10 at 5:40 pm ET|
Peter Chiarelli released a statement Tuesday saying Marco Sturm has passed his physical with the Kings, making his trade from the Bruins official. Rich Hammond was the first to report the physical being completed.
The Bruins announced on Saturday that they had sent Sturm to Los Angeles in exchange for nothing. Trading Sturm, who is coming off a torn ACL and MCL, allowed the Bruins to avoid a messy salary cap situation that would have been encontered with his activation. Sturm, a free agent at season’s end, has a $3.5 million salary cap hit.
With the trade, the Bruins are $288,793 under the cap, according to capgeek.com.
|Peter Chiarelli post-Marco Sturm trade transcript||12.11.10 at 8:04 pm ET|
Courtesy of the awesome folks at the Bruins, here’s the transcript of Peter Chiarelli’s media briefing following the Bruins’ trade of Marco Sturm to the Kings for what he called “nothing.”
On finally completing the Marco Sturm trade…
Yeah, it’s been in the works a little bit, part of it due to Marco’s physical recovery. Really, that’s the large part as to why we’ve delayed. Dealing with someone like Marco is difficult. He’s obviously a really good person and I actually, when I was an agent, I actually co-represented him, so there’s a relationship there too. But it helps us with our cap situation and as far as what we got in return, it was classified as “future considerations,” but really it’s nothing. Part of that speaks to the trading him now, versus trading him later on in the year, which we could have done also, but in fairness to Marco it’d be good to allow him to begin his journey, so to speak, at a place that is a good landing spot for him. Dean Lombardi drafted him and knows him quite well. They were looking for a player like that.
On if a trade of a player of Sturm’s caliber was inevitable…
Yeah, I mean he’s a good player. He’s a real good player. There’s obviously been a lot of speculation on what move we were going to do and what player. Again, a difficult thing that we had to do, but part of the reality of the salary cap and it’s completed now. Well, it’s conditional on the medical examination, but I don’t anticipate a problem there.
On how he got Sturm to waive his no-trade clause…
I just spoke to him.
On what he said to Sturm specifically to convince him…
Well that’ll remain between Marco and myself, but he agreed to waive it.
On why he felt trading Sturm was the best option to clear cap space, instead of making smaller moves to make room for him…
Well, it was about timing too. Here’s a team where there is a prior relationship with Marco, and they got him for cheap and they wanted to do it now. So there was a lot of positive factors in this circumstance that we felt that we had to act on. So that’s the main reason.
On if “future consideration” includes draft picks or anything else in the deal…
No, nothing. Keep in mind the value of cap space. That’s what you have to keep in perspective. I’m not trying to justify trading him for nothing. Of course you’d like to get a return for a good player, but that’s really the being able to do it now versus later, it helps both sides.
On trading a player that is coming off an injury and making the deal now…
Yeah, there’s a lot of different factors here that made the deal a sensible deal at this time.
On if he had to get approval from the League to make this unusual trade for nothing…
Whenever you see “future considerations,” it’s usually nothing. [laughs] In fact, it always is nothing. It used to be that you could stipulate prior to I think two season ago, you could stipulate, you know a player in the future. Let me see, I remember there was [Francois] Giguere was involved in a deal like that in Colorado. Might have been a sack deal. Yeah, it’s legal.
On if he considers the team now “out of the salary cap woods” after making this deal…
Yeah, I mean, we’ve in the last, when did we trade Matt [Hunwick]? A week and a half ago? We’ve cleaned out our cap situation pretty nicely, so I’m comfortable where we are right now.
On where the team stands exactly in the cap situation…
We’re cap-compliant now.
On if the team has cap space to add another player…
Check capgeek.com. [laughs]
On how he would sum up Sturm’s legacy as a Bruin…
Yeah, you know, he’s first and foremost a very good person. Speed, you know, he’s obviously part of that big trade. He gave us speed and he gave us timely goals. I think he’ll be remembered, one of the things he’ll be remembered for is that goal against Montreal [Game 6 vs. Montreal, April 19, 2008]. I mean, that was, you could see that emotion when he scores and that’s what he brought to the team. Those are some of the things that guys here remember about Marco.
On if the team’s “NHL depth” at Sturm’s position factor into things…
Yeah, how our younger players have been playing and there’s a lot of variables that go into a decision like this. Timing is one, depth is another. There’s a lot of things that go into this decision, but that certainly helps—the depth that we have.
On if Sturm will be close to game-ready…
I would say he’s maybe five to seven days away.
On if that game-ready timeline is one of the reasons the deal didn’t go through last week…
It was, yeah.
On if he knows when Sturm’s physical is scheduled…
On if he has any other moves on the horizon to address not cap space, but team needs…
Again, I’m not going to speak to moves I’m going to make or not, but what I can tell you is we’ll take a step back now for a little bit.
On Sturm expressing some frustration about his being in “limbo” before the deal was finalized…
Yeah and I can understand that. After having waived it, yeah. It’s tough to make a trade in this league. It is, especially at an early juncture like this. Everyone is so tightly packed. And I’ve got to give Dean [Lombardi] credit for acting on this because he’s getting a good player for nothing in return. And he’s familiar with the player and he’s proactive.
On how important it was to not alter the team structure when dealing with the cap space issue…
Well, you know, you’re going to alter it somehow. We were able to do the rationale behind dealing Matt [Hunwick] was depth. Depth of defense. The young guys are coming along. You’ve got Jordan Caron, and even have Jamie Arniel, guys like that, and Joe Colborne, I mean, these guys are coming. But you know, any time you trade a guy like Marco, you know him, he’s a really good person. He’s a great guy. So that’s going to have some impact at some point. That’s why I’ve been trying to be as transparent as possible with you. I know you guys probably chuckle at that, but it’s because I want to make sure the message gets to the team too.
|Bruins actually trade Marco Sturm to Kings||at 6:40 pm ET|
The Bruins announced on Saturday that they have traded forward Marco Sturm to the Kings in exchange for future considerations. Sturm, who carries a salary cap hit and is nearing a return from a torn ACL and MCL, must pass a physical with Los Angeles.
General manager Peter Chiarelli said following the trade that the Bruins will actually receive nothing in the deal. Asked for clarification, Chiarelli said that “whenever you see ‘future considerations,’ it usually means ‘nothing.’”
Sturm reportedly was nearly traded to the Kings last week and had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal. The 32-year-old had 106 goals for the Bruins over parts of four seasons with the club after being acquired in the 2005 Joe Thornton trade.
With the trade, the Bruins will not need to make further moves to settle their salary cap situation.
|Scheduled day off for Marco Sturm; Tuukka Rask to start||12.09.10 at 12:19 pm ET|
Marco Sturm was missing from the Bruins’ morning skate on Thursday morning. Following the skate, the team’s media relations folks said it was a scheduled day off for the rehabbing winger. Of course, one would have to assume the team is still looking to trade him to avoid the salary cap mess that would coincide with his activation.
Sturm said Wednesday that he isn’t sure whether he’ll be traded, but that he is not pleased with his situation. He waived his no-trade clause to facilitate a deal to the Kings last week, but the trade fell through.
Tuukka Rask was first off the ice Thursday morning, an indication that he’ll be between the pipes against the lowly Islanders. Rask took a 4-1 loss last Sunday against the Thrashers and is 1-6-1 on the season with a 2.59 GAA and .926 save percentage.
|Marco Sturm ‘not happy with the situation’||12.08.10 at 2:15 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Marco Sturm has made significant progress of late in his quest back to an NHL lineup from a torn ACL and MCL. He was cleared for contact a while back, but actually began taking it this week. On Wednesday rotated in and out of a line with Blake Wheeler, Patrice Bergeron, and Mark Recchi.
The 32-year-old winger expects to be ready to play in games within the next 10-14 days, but which team he’s a member of at that point is anybody’s guess. The B’s nearly traded him to the Kings last week, with Sturm agreeing to waive his no-trade clause. Sturm said last week that he told Peter Chiarelli that he’d approve of a trade to three teams, something that the Bruins had to have been delighted by. This is presumably because it’s tough to find room for Sturm — salary-cap-wise, of course — on this team. Now Sturm continues to go through the motions and make progress, but uncertainty has been the name of the game.
“Nothing,” Sturm said Tuesday when asked what his talks with Chiarelli have been since that conversation. “I didn’t talk to him once since last week, and that’s it.”
Sturm has been professional throughout what at the very least has been an awkward process. Even so, for a free-agent-to-be to not know his fate in a contract year is concerning.
“I’m happy I’m still here, but I’m not happy with the situation,” Sturm said. “It’s been hard on me and my family. It’s not fun, but I’ve got to try to make the best of it, and we’ll see what happens.”
Because the Kings trade would have solved the team’s cap situation (Sturm has a $3.5 million cap hit) once and for all, it still appears that the team will need to move him prior to activating him. Sturm said he has not heard from the team about a possible assignment to Providence, which would not count against the team’s salary cap.
Sending Sturm, the team’s leader in goals last season, to Providence could get messy. Sturm has another contract to play for, and he’d be far better off building his case on another team than in the AHL. Asked if he still feels that he’ll be traded, Sturm seemed more unsure than confident.
“Honestly, I don’t know anymore,” Sturm said. “I expected it, but it’s been a while. I just don’t know.
“My focus right now is to try to get healthy and get back [in games],” he added. “Hopefully things get squared soon, so I know what’s going on.”
|Dennis Seidenberg on Marco Sturm: ‘He agreed to waive’ no-trade||12.02.10 at 11:38 pm ET|
Life in the NHL – or any sport for that matter – can be unsettling. Just ask Marco Sturm, or his Bruins teammate and fellow German countryman Dennis Seidenberg.
Just hours after multiple media reports had Bruins forward Marco Sturm waiving his no-trade clause and being traded to the Los Angeles Kings, the Bruins made a formal effort to put the brakes on the story. Immediately following Thursday’s win over Tampa, the team – through GM Peter Chiarelli – released a statement on the report that they had traded Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings.
“I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm,” said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. “I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams. I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco. At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team.”
Seidenberg said he spoke with Sturm earlier in the day and said Sturm confirmed to him that he had waived the no-trade. Now, Seidenberg and the rest of the team await the next move as Sturm’s future with the team appears in limbo.
“It is very tough, everybody loves Marco here,” Seidenberg said following the 8-1 thrashing of the Lightning. “He’s been a big part of our organization and he’s a great guy and I think any time you see a guy leave, especially in an awkward situation right now, it’s just tough.”
Seidenberg said he spoke to Sturm before Thursday’s game and he was under the impression that Sturm had already accepted the deal to L.A.
“He told me he agreed to waive it,” Seidenberg said. “I don’t know what’s going on. I haven’t talked to him since.”
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