After 15 games with the Kings, Marco Sturm is out of the lineup. Sturm, who joined the Kings’ lineup on Dec. 21 after a trade with Boston, and after having recovered from significant surgery on his right knee, was placed on injured reserve because of tendinitis in the other knee. Sturm previously had ACL surgery on his left knee. Sturm had four goals and four assists in 15 games, and was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 18, so he will miss at least the next three games. Sturm had been playing a full complement of minutes of late — he played a season-high 20:07 on Monday at Dallas — and Terry Murray was asked today whether Sturm had been complaining of any knee soreness of late.
MURRAY: “I don’t think there were any complaints about it. It was noticeable, though. I think, in his game, you’re seeing a player that once he gets warmed up and into the game-playing mode on the ice, he’s not showing any issue with it. But I personally do see him having some problems coming off the bus, getting onto the plane, walking around the rink. There’s a big push, with him, to get to that game mode in a very short period of time. He’s coming from Boston, and we’re looking to get him into the games at full speed. I think the stress on that just created some of that tendinitis that needs to calm down now. We’ll back away for a few days and get some treatment and some rehab on the off-ice part of it, and stay off the ice so it can settle itself. Then we’ll go from there.”