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(UPDATE: No deal. Oh well, fun while it lasted.)

Mutually beneficial trades in the NHL can quickly become lopsided steals based on what happens on the ice, but today's Boston Bruins' trade of left wing Marco Sturm(notes) to the Los Angeles Kings feels right for both teams.

Via TSN:

Sturm, 32, is a veteran of 12 NHL seasons. He has not played this year after havingoff-season ACL and MCL knee surgery, but returned to practice with the Bruins this week. He is currently two-to-three weeks away from playing.

Sturmis an unrestricted free agent at end of this season, and carries a cap hit of $3.5 million. He waived his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Kings.

Bob McKenzie reports that it's a conditional pick coming back the other way.

The move clears cap space, and Bruins Blog adds a little bit of intriguing back story to the trade:

Again, if the deal has been consummated, it's quite possible the Bruins informed Sturm in recent days that he might have to be assigned to Providence (AHL). Such type of speculation has a way of, shall we say, convincing players to waive their ''No Trade'' clauses.

The Kings have lost four in a row, and seven of eight, so this is a wakeup call. But it's also filling an essential need on the left side. Sturm can get you 25 goals when healthy, play a bit on special teams. Here's Kings GM Dean Lombardi talking about that position with Rich Hammond:

Question: Terry has used seven guys in that first-line left-wing spot. Two of them have been rookies and the current guy is playing on his off wing. At what point do you need to look at that and address it from outside?

LOMBARDI: "That was the other area we looked at in the summer. The emergence of the young players - and I still maintain what I said - is the hallmark of this team. It's about the best young players getting better, and your core starting to develop and becoming winners.That's No. 1, and we know who those young players are. Then you've got your veterans, in terms of their fit and their character. So we addressed that this summer, but now they're out of the lineup. The other hole you had was the Parse hole, the skill player. Once we found out that Parse was going to be out for four months, we've been looking. That guy [Parse], with that skill set, we wanted to give him a long look. We were able to fill the Mitchell and Ponikarovsky holes, so we wanted to say, `OK, let's give this kid a good, long look, because he's got the skill set that's necessary to be a pro.' Then he goes out early, right from day one of training camp. The kids in the minors, we tried Loktionov there, and God bless him ... We've been looking."

If healthy, Sturm might end that merry-go-round.

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