Boston Bruins say no trade is in place involving Marco Sturm

After reports surfaced Thursday the Boston Bruins were close to trading left winger Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings, GM Peter Chiarelli issued a statement.

“I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm. 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.”

Speculation arose Thursday the Bruins and Kings were working on finalizing a deal that would send Sturm to the West Coast.

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Sturm, 32, had knee surgery in the off-season that has prevented him from playing for the Bruins this year and has kept him on the long-term injury reserve, meaning his $3.5 million salary cap hit hasn’t counted against Boston’s number. The Dingolfing, Germany native returned to Bruins practice this week and is expected to be ready to return in two to three weeks.

Picked 21st overall by San Jose in the 1996 draft, Sturm had 37 points in 76 games for Boston last season. He was acquired in a trade with the Sharks in 2005 that sent center Joe Thornton the other way.