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Last week, reports surfaced that the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings were discussing a deal to send Marco Sturm(notes) west for a conditional draft pick, helping to open up salary cap space for Marc Savard's(notes) return.

Trade talks were halted later that day when both Peter Chiarelli and Dean Lombardi denied any such deal was in place.

Fast forward nine days later and we finally have a done deal ... pending Sturm, a recipient of MCL and ACL knee surgery over the summer, passes a physical.

In this deal Chiarelli saved himself a conditional draft pick.

From Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog:

General manager Peter Chiarelli admitted this evening that the future consideration's Boston got in return for one of their leading goal-scorers is "nothing."

Chiarelli said it was difficult to trade Sturm, who not only has been a solid player but an excellent person. Chiarelli was once one of Sturm's agents.

Sturm is still about five to seven days from playing, and Chiarelli admitted that his lack of game-readiness was what held up the deal to the Kings last week after Sturm waived his no-trade clause.

The Bruins are now "cap compliant."

A mutually beneficial trade for both teams. Boston gets its situation straight with the cap and the Kings get their first-line left-winger that potentially ends the revolving door at that position.

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