Two days in advance of the NHL trade deadline, the Washington Capitals have claimed veteran left winger Marco Sturm off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. Sturm has 4 goals and 9 points in 17 games this season. He has missed most of this season with knee injuries. He carries an annual salary cap hit of $3.5 million and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Originally a first-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks in 1996, Sturm is in his 13th NHL season. The 32-year old Dingolfing, Germany, native is a regular on the German national team, including appearing in the last four Olympics.
Sturm has played 872 NHL games for the Sharks, Boston Bruins, and Los Angeles Kings, totaling 238 goals and 475 points. Sturm has posted 7 seasons of 20+ goals and played in the 1999 NHL All-Star game alongside Capitals assistant coach Arturs Irbe. Sturm is a versatile winger, capable of playing on both special teams, and he is a consistent scoring presence. He knows Matt Bradley and Scott Hannan well from his time with the Sharks.