HM is finally sitting down to write after a whirlwind weekend that marked our final two games of travel hockey. I got to watch Friday night's blowout at the hands of the Rangers (unfortunately, I might add), while I listened to the Caps/Islanders game en route home from a rink more than two hours away.
While the boys walked away with the "W" last night, they still struggle with consistency (5 shots in the first period, really!?) and the power play is just plain dreadful. Tomorrow at 3 p.m. marks the end of the NHL's trade deadline and Caps fans are waiting with baited breath to see what GM George McPhee will do. He made his first move yesterday by putting enforcer DJ King on waivers, while claiming Marco Sturm from the Los Angeles Kings. So who is Marco Sturm?
The German-born winger is a 14-year veteran of the league and has scored 20-or-more goals in each of his last seven full NHL seasons. He played in 17 games with the Kings this season, collecting nine points (four goals, five assists) and 17 penalty minutes. He began the season with the Boston Bruins and missed the first 32 games of the year (27 games with Boston, five games with Los Angeles) while recovering from a lower body injury. 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.
Is the acquisition of Sturm the first of several? Mike Vogel shared his thoughts on the trade deadline as it relates to the Caps over at Dump n'Chase. Either way, the hours leading to the 3 o'clock deadline are sure to be action-packed as the experts track player movement and deal-making around the league! HM will have her ears to the ground for sure!