Julien on Sturm: 'Long ways away'

More from Joe McDonald on Marco Sturm's return to the ice today, including coach Claude Julien saying that Sturm is still "a long ways away" from returning.

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Don't get too excited because Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm skated Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a knee injury last spring that required surgery to repair MCL and ACL tears. Bruins coach Claude Julien called Sturm's 30-minute morning twirl at Ristuccia Arena a "leisurely skate" and said the team won't know how much longer Sturm will be sidelined until his on-ice rehab is increased and he's pushed physically.

"He's a long ways away," Julien said. "I can't even think about [a possible return] right now because he's so far away. He just stepped on the ice today after being out [five months], so let's give him a break here and let him find his way before we can even think about where we're going to put him."

Just the fact Sturm was able to lace up the skates is a positive sign.

"He finally gets to skate, and I'm sure he's as excited as anybody to get back on skates," Julien said. "It's been a long journey, to say the least."

Sturm, who suffered the injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, said he felt no pain or discomfort while skating Tuesday morning. He did say his right leg feels weak, but that's expected.

"It was good. It was better than I expected," Sturm said of his first day back on the ice. "I'm just going to start rolling now and try to skate almost every day now and then we'll see."

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