: Kings News:
Sturm waived, then claimed by Washington
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02-25-2011, 04:03 PM
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Teams at the trade deadline, who are distracted by their own attempted trade efforts, are not going to go out of their way to pick up and pay a recently twice-injured player who is not exactly young and has a relatively large salary for just the last 20 games.
DL knows this, which is why he is taking a (fairly safe) chance at choosing Sturm to be the one to give him very temporary roster flexibility.
DL wants to get added roster room to make a trade, but he also doesn't want to actually lose anybody.
Sturm is playing well enough, and has enough potential as a useful player for the Kings to keep him, but given the circumstances, he is too scary to other teams for them to take a chance at claiming him.
I'm sure we will see him in the game vs Colorado after the 9 am waiver deadline passes.
Whatever trade comes as a result of all this is not likely to be merely a small one. Lombardi would not take such a gamble, even as minor as this one is, unless a biggie was around the corner.
EDIT: Jewels from the Crown reaches the same conclusions about the Sturm waiving:
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