Friday, December 17, 2010

VERTIGO!...& Marco Sturm...::Yawn::...

Sturm Sometimes Wears Eye Black To Intimidate His Opponents
First off, vertigo is no joke.  I woke up with ringing in the ear and the room spinning.  It's been two weeks now; after a trip to the ER and a trip to the doctor's office...the spinning has gone away and only the ringing remains.  My symptoms were so severe that I was forced to miss Jarome Iginla's first-visit to Staples Center this season.  I'll have to wait until March to debut my converted Patrick O'Sullivan #12 game worn jersey that now reads IGINLA.  Moving on...

So Sturm is a King after all.  Yippee.  And the Kings ended up saving themselves a few bucks in the process.  The Kings got a 32-year old seven-time 20-goal scorer for free.  Well, not free.  They'll be paying him a little under $2.5 million for the remainder of the season which should leave them plenty of cap space to acquire Brad Richards when Dean Lombardi grows a pair (w0ah, thaaat was harsh; must still have a bit of vertigo...).
If you caught his interview with Jim Fox during the second-intermission of the Kings/Blues game; Sturm seems like a likable guy that smiles alot and you can understand why many of his Bruins' teammates were so bummed to see him leave.  Marc Savard on 'Sturmie':
“...I’ll remember most I think, the play when I set him up when he first returned from his first knee surgery in ’09 and him just thanking me. He was a class act. He’s going to get a great chance at a Cup there and they’re getting a great person and a great player in LA. I wish him nothing but the best unless he’s playing us.”
Nice to know that Marc Savad thinks of us as Cup contenders, eh?  Sturm gave a scouting report of himself: speed, speed...speed and I can score goals.  He's had major surgery on both knees so let's hope that his speed comes back sooner than later.  The Kings have set a tentative return date of December 23rd.  We'll see...

I'm still bitter about losing out on Tomas Fleischmann.  Flash has found instant chemistry with Matt Duchene in Colorado and quickly put up 10 points in seven games for the Avs.  He'll be a UFA at the end of the season if the Avs don't lock him up before then.  Would be a nice secondary option to Brad Richards and Paul Kariya...of course.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Marco Sturm To The Kings...Just Kidding!

Dean Lombardi:"The San Jose Sharks are proud to select from EV Landshut of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga Marco Sturm."
Tomas Fleischmann was rumored to L.A..  He's a member of the Colorado Avalanche now.  At 26 years old, Fleischmann could have been a part of the Kings core group going forward.  His situation reminds me alot of Patrick Sharp.  Sharp was buried on a deep Philadelphia Flyers roster and Philly dealt him to Chicago.  Given the opportunity to play in a top-6 role with the Blackhawks; Sharp has become the team's most consistent goal threat.  Have the Kings let the next Patrick Sharp slip by?  Only time will tell.  In limited time; Flash netted 23 goals and 51 points in 69 games.

The Kings responded acquiring a player very similar to Fleischmann.  Just six years older and coming off major knee surgery.

TSN's Bob McKenzie's twitter with the play-by-play on the botched Marco Sturm to Kings rumors.
  • Marco Sturm has been traded to the LA Kings. Details to follow.
  • Sturm is UFA at end of this season. $3.5M cap hit. He is 2-3 weeks away from playing. Thrilled to land in LA. Waived his NTC to go there.
  • Hearing the Bruins received a conditional draft pick for Sturm.
  • Medical issues clouding potential Marco Sturm trade from BOS to LAK. No deal in place at this time. Some uncertainty whether it gets done. 
  • Sturm waived NTC to go to LAK and thought he was on his way but fact he is still injured complicated matters. Stay tuned. No timeline. 
  • BOS GM Chiarelli says he spoke to Sturm about waiving NTC but no trade with another team was ever consummated. 
  • Sturm, tho, thought trade was going thru. Sources say LAK backed off over how long before/uncertainty over when Sturm would be back. 
  • Final word on aborted Sturm deal: LAK were furnished with player's medical records. They had concerns with what they saw. 
  • My own personal opinion is that once Sturm is actually ready to play, this BOS-LAK deal could get re-visited. We will see, I suppose.  

Sturm is coming off a torn-ACL and MCL that he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals back in May.  His recovery time was quoted at six months but in reality it takes most players at least a full calendar year to recover.  Anyone that remembers Michal Handzus's first season in Los Angeles will remember him lumbering around the ice at what seemed about 60% after coming off major-knee surgery.  Zeus eventually bounced back but it took a full year for him to get back to his career averages.

For a player like Marco Sturm who relies more heavily on his speed and skating ability to create offense; it's a shaky proposal at best to think Sturm could return to form in time to help the Kings this season.  At a cap hit of $3.5 million and Sturm expected to miss at least another 2-3 weeks; the Kings would be paying Sturm close to $400,000 before he even laces them up in a game.  It's just good business sense not to make a deal for the 32-year old until he's completely healthy.

BOTTOM LINE: Considering it's been made public that Chiarelli approached Sturm about waiving his NMC; it's only a matter of time before this deal gets done.  Once Sturm is completely healthy; Chiarelli will be forced to clear more cap space and moving Sturm is the likely solution.  Lombardi and Hextall love players they're familiar with and Sturm fits the bill.  I'll say Sturm is a King by the new year. 

A little Marco Sturm highlight reel so you know what to expect when he's lined up next to Kopi.