Earlier this morning, we took a moment to say goodbye to Mikael Samuelsson and reminisce over some of the big goals he scored during his time in Vancouver. Marco Sturm, on the other hand, did not receive the same treatment. This is because the German-born winger only played six games with the Vancouver Canucks, failing to register a goal. Apart from bearing a curious resemblance to Manny Malhotra, Sturm did very little that we’ll remember.
Granted, he wasn’t given much of a chance to do anything memorable, and frustration over that fact is somewhat evident in this video, taken by Miami Herald Hockey during his first media scrum as a member of the Florida Panthers.
That’s a creaky grin Sturm is sporting, especially when he says it was “still early in the season.” I’m no psychologist, but I’d hazard a guess that he’s more than a little choked.
He has every reason to be. Unmentioned amidst all the excitement of this weekend is the fact that Sturm signed a free agent contract with the Canucks to play here for a year, and was beyond excited to be here. He moved his family, he enrolled his five-year-old and seven-year-old children into school, and he settled in for a year in Vancouver.
Instead, his one-year deal became a raw deal when he was traded six games into the season. That’s a kick in the teeth.
Don’t think that other players around the league haven’t noticed, either. Mike Gillis has gone to great lengths to make Vancouver a desirable destination for free agents, but shipping a signee to the opposite corner of the continent after a week and a half in town is bad for business. Veteran free agents may think twice about inking with the Canucks going forward over concerns that they’ll be moved out before they’re done moving in.
Granted, you have to give to get, and the Canucks are a better team today than they were yesterday, but that’s of no concern to Sturm now, is it? This is his fifth team in a year and this one has to hurt. Only time will tell if it hurts the Canucks too.Tags: Sturm, trade repercussions