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Saturday, 02.24.2007 / 3:17 PM / News
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Sorry for the delay in blogging, my friends. However, it was worth it.

You see, Our Boys’ boss, Mr. Chiarelli, has been very busy.

From the official release:

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club and left-winger Marco Sturm have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Sturm, 28, hails from Dingolfing, Germany, and was acquired by the Bruins on November 30, 2005, along with Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau, from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Joe Thornton.

Thus far, this season, he has scored 20 goals and registered 11 assists in 54 games. Last season, in 51 games with the Bruins, Sturm tallied 23 goals and 20 assists.

“Marco is a dedicated, hardworking, motivated player who uses his speed and skill on a nightly basis to help our team,” said Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis. “I am excited to have him in the mix for the foreseeable future.”

Prior to coming to the Bruins near the halfway point of last season, Sturm spent seven and a half campaigns with the San Jose Sharks. While with San Jose, Sturm played 553 games, scoring 128 goals and 145 assists. The Sharks acquired him with their first pick (21st overall) in the 1996 NHL Player Entry Draft.

Despite being traded during the last campaign, Sturm’s best statistical NHL season came in 2005-2006, as he scored 29 goals and tallied 30 assists for 59 total points (combined between his play in San Jose and Boston).

Sturm is an accomplished player at the international level, and has represented Germany six times: 1995 World Junior Championships (6 games, 4-6-10), 1997 World Championships (8 games, 1-1-2), 2001 World Championships (7 games, 4-1-5), 2003 World Cup (4 games, 2-0-2), 1998 Olympics (2 games, 0-0-0) and the 2002 Olympics (5 games, 0-1-1). In addition, Sturm was named to the 2006 German Olympic team, but he did not play due to a shoulder injury.


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Obviously this is big news, not only because Sturm is recognized as a top forward for the Bruins, but also because it officially announces, for those who hadn’t believed it previously, that the B’s intend to be a force to be reckoned with in the coming weeks and perhaps into the playoffs.

And the deal, quite probably, will give the Bruins, an already confident team, another shot in the arm.

"Nobody wants to see anybody get traded," goalie Tim Thomas told the Associated Press earlier this week. "Every team ends up being a family. Our job is to do the best we can in the locker room. We can’t control what management does."

But, in essence, they have helped "control" their own destiny by their own fine play.

Now, with four games won out of five on this current road trip, the B’s could really make some hay tonight if they have a strong game against Florida.

And In Other News
Glen Murray has been placed on injured reserve. He had been day-to-day with a lower body injury since February 20.

The Bruins have claimed goalie Joey MacDonald off of waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. He has been recalled and will take Murray’s spot on the Bruins roster.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
T. Krug 79 14 26 18 40
L. Eriksson 61 10 27 14 37
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 36 15 6 .930 2.04
C. Johnson 17 4 3 .925 2.10
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