January 9th, 2006

Petr

Pre and Post Sykora trade spam

A couple of articles just before Petr was traded to the Rangers, and three after.

Healthy Scratch Has Sykora Thinking
By Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Even when his name swirled in trade rumors earlier in the season, Petr Sykora held out hope that it would work out in Anaheim.

But after being a healthy scratch in Saturday night's 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild, Sykora's thinking has changed as the move sparked further speculation that he will be dealt provided the right offer comes along.

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I love that headline. As if Petr wasn't thinking at all before that, hahaha!

Ducks again lapse into bad habits
As happened Friday vs. Dallas, defensive breakdowns lead to goals against.

By DAN WOOD
The Orange County Register

SYKORA SCRATCHED

For the second time in a month, Ducks general manager Brian Burke confirmed, he instructed Carlyle to hold Sykora out of the lineup.

The idea is to avoid any potential injury that could short-circuit an apparently possible trade.

Sykora, who received the same treatment Dec. 8 in Buffalo, is ready to escape limbo.

"I would not be against it," he said while watching Saturday's game from the press box. "You never want to leave the situation you're in, but I feel it might be better for me to go somewhere else."

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Meaning, he's going to miss watching women in bikinis frolicking at the beach.

Sykora traded to Rangers
A minor-league defenseman is shipped to the Ducks in a deal partly motivated by finances.

By DAN WOOD
The Orange County Register


The Ducks shipped winger Petr Sykora to the New York Rangers for minor-leaguer Maxim Kondratiev.

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"It's about where you fit on a hockey team, and I didn't fit here," Sykora said before boarding a flight to New York. "I'm happy it's done. Things weren't going great here. It was the best thing for me to get out of here."

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He forgot to add, "Muahahahaha, so long, suckers! I'm off to reunite with my Czech idols!!! Whee!!!"

Ducks Deal Sykora for a Defenseman
# Anaheim sends the struggling forward to New York Rangers for 22-year-old Kondratiev.

By Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer

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Sykora appeared to fall out of favor with Burke and first-year Coach Randy Carlyle this season. The team seemed to be close to trading him in December, but rumored trades with the Rangers and the Boston Bruins fell through.

Carlyle put Sykora on the top line with center Andy McDonald and Teemu Selanne, but he was pulled off the power-play unit Friday against Dallas and played a season-low nine minutes.

"Obviously he felt that he should be given more of an opportunity to do what he does best," Carlyle said.

"We obviously didn't agree that he fit into that for us. He did respond for a short period of time. Other than that, we have made decisions that impacted his minutes and he didn't like it. You go forward."

Sykora figures to be a good fit with the Rangers, who have been looking to upgrade their offense for a playoff run.

"I'm just looking for a fresh start," Sykora said. "I get a chance to play. Basically I just have a half a season left."

Sykora's goal in the fifth overtime of Game 1 of the 2003 Western Conference semifinals against Dallas ended the fourth-longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history. He followed that up with a game-winning overtime goal in Game 1 against Minnesota in the conference finals.

I'm killing myself laughing at the idea of Petr having a heated exchange with Carlyle. Really, how could he be agressive? Sic his chinchilla on him? *sigh* And the blossom of Petr/Andy "Mac! He calls him Mac!" love, squelched and stomped upon. I would have been sad before, but since SDQ has converted me to evil, I just cackle with glee.

BLUESHIRTS GET SYKORA FROM DUCKS

By LARRY BROOKS

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The Post has learned that the winger, who grew up in Martin Straka's hometown of Plzen in the Czech Republic and lists No. 82 as his idol in his Anaheim media-guide bio, phoned Sather on Dec. 10 (with Anaheim GM Brian Burke's permission) to inform the GM that he wanted to come to New York. That was the night assistant GM Don Maloney was dispatched to Montreal to watch Sykora against the Canadiens.

Coincidence or not, Sykora has registered nine points (3-6) in 11 games beginning that night, giving him a total of 20 points (7-13) in 34 games playing for a first-year coach in Randy Carlyle who took an immediate dislike to him.

The Rangers yesterday became much better and they became that much more dangerous in adding a legitimate top-six forward who not only bolsters their credibility on the attack, but allows Tom Renney to move Steve Rucchin into a more appropriate checking role.

Straka will center the first line with Jaromir Jagr on his right and either Martin Rucinsky or Petr Prucha on the left. Sykora, who has scored 25 or more goals in four of his eight full NHL seasons and at least 20 in another two — and who is deadly working on the power play either from down low or from the point — will play right wing on a line centered by Michael Nylander with either Prucha on Rucinsky on the left.

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Petr squared on a line? Hee, that would be so cute! Also, Marty Straka his idol! Who is 4 years older than him! That will never cease to amuse me.
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Out of context...

lastcatastrophe: dude. there seem to be lots of teenage girls with leacherous souls!
harleymae: The virgins are lecherous!

So that's what we talk about. :P

Saddened by some of my favourite writers taking down their sites, I got to thinking about how it would be nice if there was a hockey fic site that hosted anonymous fics, so that everyone can still enjoy the fics, but at the same time, not put the writers in any risk of being "outed".

Oops, I just realised that that sentence makes it sound as if I'm going to do something like that, but really, I just mean I'm going to be thinking about how it would work. :P
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Petr

More Sykora spammage

Don't kill Rangers about Sykora trade

Shawn P. Roarke / Special to FOXSports.com
Posted: 1 hour ago

Contrary to initial appearances, the trade for Anaheim's Petr Sykora is not the first sign that the New York Rangers are abruptly abandoning the blueprint that has led the team to unexpected heights so far this season.

The Rangers returned from the lockout with a fresh outlook, stressing teamwork over individualism and young, hungry players in the place of the fat and happy superstars on the decline that often marked past editions of the team.

Not surprisingly, the results have been favorable as the Rangers — with a revitalized Jaromir Jagr as their only legitimate superstar — have been one of the true surprises in the first half of the season, challenging for the Atlantic Division title and a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

So, the trade for an under-performing forward — apparently living somewhat on past glories — for a young prospect would surely raise some eyebrows among the team's rejuvenated fan base. But, in this case, there is no need to fear.

The Rangers need Petr Sykora and Petr Sykora needs the Rangers.

In fact, the 29-year-old right winger openly campaigned to land in the Big Apple.

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Petr hasn't been fat this season.

Rangers trade for Sykora

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He also is a guy who was pining for a trade to the Rangers to join his many Czech countrymen - particularly fellow Plzen native Martin Straka, whom Sykora lists in his media guide bio as his "idol growing up."

"I don't think it's any secret that he was dying to come to New York," Rangers assistant GM Don Maloney said. "And certainly, we have plenty of input into his background and character since we have half the Czech nation playing here and Steve Rucchin played with him in Anaheim."

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Pining for Marty Straka!
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