Capitals Claim Marco Sturm Off Waivers from Los Angeles
Sturm, 32, has played in 17 games with the Kings this season, collecting nine points (four goals, five assists) and 17 penalty minutes. Sturm, who began the season with the Boston Bruins, missed the first 32 games of the year (27 games with Boston, five games with Los Angeles) recovering from a lower body injury.
Sturm is in his 14th professional season and has been the model of offensive consistency, as he has scored 20-or-more goals in each of his last seven full NHL seasons. Sturm has appeared in 872 games with San Jose, Boston and Los Angeles, registering 475 points (238 goals, 237 assists) and 415 penalty minutes. In addition, he collected 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 52 career playoff games.
The native of Dingolfing, Germany, Sturm is the all-time NHL leader in goals, assists, points and games played by a player born and raised in that country. Sturm has represented his native land in eight international tournaments, including the 1998, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Games (was named to the 2006 team as well, but was unable to participate due to injury).
Sturm was drafted by San Jose as their first pick, 21st overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and played seven-plus season with San Jose before his Nov. 25 trade to Boston.