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Devils won’t sign Sykora “at this point”

Jan 13, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

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Petr Sykora reportedly has at least one NHL offer on the table, but it’s not from New Jersey.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello isn’t looking to re-sign the 36-year old forward “at this point.”

“We made a decision over the last 24 to 48 hours that we’re going to give a couple of the young kids who have played very well in the minors an opportunity,” Lamoriello said, according to the Bergen Record. “We also feel the way a couple of players played last year and where they can play.”

Lamoriello’s answer suggests that the Devils might change their mind if some of those young players don’t live up to expectations.

Sykora previously stated that his preference is to re-sign with the team that selected him with the 18th overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

He stayed within the organization until he was dealt to Anaheim in the summer of 2002. He finally rejoined the Devils for the 2011-12 campaign and recorded 21 goals and 44 points in 82 games.

  1. mpg44 - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    But they invited a 36 year old named Darche to camp . Who had a whomping 5 goals in 61 games . Something don’t sound right here.

    • thecheeman - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      There’s reports the Devils may very well move one of their 8 D-men for some offensive help anyway, so there might not be room for either Darche or Sykora unless Darche blows them away this week.

      Devils currently have Volchenkov, Tallinder, Salvador, Zidlicky, Greene, Fayne, Larsson and Harrold. Given his age, length of contract and declining skills Volchenkov is the guy I’d like to see them move the most. I assume nobody would trade for Tallinder considering he has a potentially life-threatening condition in his leg and also that he’s pretty terrible. Harrold is a great guy to keep around because the Devils had him play 4th line wing and defense last year when he was needed.

      • mpg44 - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        I agree with you on the possible trade , something needs to happen with these d-men. Problem I have is we allready had two spots to fill ( captain turncoat , and poni) now with not signing sykora , that makes three . Sykora had way more goals , and played a full 82 games last year . He also already understands the system. Darche is clueless about the system , and they seem to be looking at his ahl stats rather then his NHL stats . So whether it is sykora or Darche , we still need to fill two spots.

        Butler could potentially be poni’s replacement , and we still need a top 6 forward. All of this already includes jj in the lineup , and it seems to be that a lot is being put on teddy. Which is a pipe dream . He doesn’t have the size to win a single battle on the boards which is what the Deboer system pretty much revolves around.

        So , butler replaces poni. Darche replaces sykora( which is absolutely horrible). Who will replace data I. Silver medal spot . It’s not going to be tedenby , mattuae , of pesonan. Lou has been quoted as they want to see if there is any young guys ready to step up , I like that but the flaw I see is the talent to chose from was there last year , and they have not improved that much.

  2. valoisvipers - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Whens the trade deadline date?

  3. DED - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I think the Devils are making a mistake.

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