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Old 07-01-2007, 08:29 PM
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Penguins Sign Sydor, Sykora and Sabourin

Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defensemen Darryl Sydor, right wing Petr Sykora and goaltender Dany Sabourin

Sydor, 35, skated in 74 games with the Dallas Stars last season, collecting 21 points (five goals, 16 assists), along with 36 penalty minutes. He posted a plus-or-even rating in 52 of his 74 games with the Stars, while finishing fourth among Dallas defensemen averaging 20:08 on the ice.

“Sydor brings additional skill to our defensive corps along with invaluable veteran leadership to our young hockey club,” Shero said. “Darryl has proven his dependability throughout his NHL career and anytime you can add a multiple Stanley Cup winner to a team like ours it is a bonus.”

The 6-1, 211-pound defenseman is a two-time Stanley Cup winner, hoisting the Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and in 1999 as a member of the Dallas Stars. He has played in 74-or-more games in 13 of his 15 NHL seasons and is three games shy of 1,100 in his NHL career.

The two-time All Star (1999, 1998) has recorded 30-or-more points in eight of his 15 NHL seasons, while registering a career-high 48 points during the 1998-99 and 1996-97 seasons. He has recorded 30-or-more assists on five occasions collecting a career-high 40 assists during his 1996-96 campaign.

Sydor has skated in 1,097 career NHL contests, collecting 471 points (94 goals, 377 assists), along with 696 career penalty minutes. He has collected 56 points (nine goals, 47 assists) in 151 career NHL post season matches. The Edmonton, Alberta native was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, seventh overall, in the 1990 NHL Draft.

Sykora, 30, appeared in all 82 games last season with the Edmonton Oilers, finishing tied for first in scoring on the club with 53 points. He led the team in goals with 22 and finished third on the team with 31 assists. His 22 goals marked the seventh time in his career he has eclipsed the 20-goal mark. He led the Oilers with six game-winning goals last season, tying for first on the team with six power play tallies.

“Petr is a talented forward who can play in all situations,” Shero said. “Petr joining our hockey club provides us with another talented player that will compliment our current group of forwards. He brings additional veteran experience and adds another Stanley Cup tested player to our roster.”

The 6-0, 190-pound forward captured the Stanley Cup in 1999-2000 as a member of the New Jersey Devils and was a Stanley Cup finalist with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2002-03 Finals. He has registered 30-or-more goals on two occasions recording a career-high 35 goals during the 2000-01 season. Sykora has reached the 50-point mark on eight occasions, posting a career-high 81 points also during the 2000-01 season

Sykora has skated in 88 career playoff contests, tallying 26 goals and 33 assists for 59 points. He finished fourth in the NHL in playoff scoring during the 2000-01 playoffs collecting 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 25 contests. His 10 goals ranked third during the post-season that year and ranked sixth overall.

The Plzen, Czech native played along side current Penguins Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar during the 2004-05 season in Russia with Magnitogorsk. He has skated in 764 career NHL games, recording 247 goals, 318 assists for 565 points. He was originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round, 18th overall, in the 1995 Draft.

Sabourin, 26, begins his second stint with the Penguins organization after first signing with the club as a free agent in August of 2005. He spent the 2006-07 season with the Vancouver Canucks organization posting a 2-4-1 record and a 2.63 goals against average in nine appearances.

The 6-2, 190-pound native of Val d’Or, Quebec appeared in one game with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2005-06 season. In that same season, he compiled a 30-14-4 record with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The 30 wins set a club record and ranked second in the American Hockey League (AHL). Sabourin earned the Aldege ‘Baz’ Bastien Award as the top goaltender in the AHL and was selected to the AHL’s First All-Star Team. In addition, he set Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team records for consecutive wins (nine), consecutive road wins (nine), and longest unbeaten streak (nine).

Sabourin was originally selected in the fourth round (108th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:31 PM
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:38 PM
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Yes! Pens finally pull the trigger in a big name deal!
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:38 PM
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Not EXACTLY what I'd had in mind ... but then again, I'm really not that familiar with him.
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:40 PM
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He's a whatever depth goalie. Shero liked what he did last year I think.

But why on EARTH was anyone at the Pens' office talking to/about Sabourin while Hanna was lah-dee-dahing off to fricken Colarado. Sh!t.
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:41 PM
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He's been with the organization before with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - was their starting goalie before the lockout. I think he was in the Vancouver organization last season with the Manitoba Moose. I guess this means that Jocelyn Thibault won't be coming back as the backup to MAF.

If this turns out to be the only deal the Pens make today, I'm going to f'ing lose it.
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Old 07-01-2007, 08:41 PM
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Never heard of him.
i guess he had a previous stint with the pens before he was Luongo backup last season.

Anyone has to be better at giving Fluery a day off then Thibault
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He's been with the organization before with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - was their starting goalie before the lockout. I think he was in the Vancouver organization last season with the Manitoba Moose. I guess this means that Jocelyn Thibault won't be coming back as the backup to MAF.

If this turns out to be the only deal the Pens make today, I'm going to f'ing lose it.
Dont, the pens are building there team they way you have to in a smaller market. Im very happy with the signing of Whitney, my only fear is these huge contracts will end up causing the pens to trade Malkin down the road.

Dont care for this deal however, 500k for a AHL goalie. I was hopefull the goalie from Notre Dame was going to get lots of work with the baby pens.
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Old 07-01-2007, 10:28 PM
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For those of you in the east who have NO clue what goes on out west (which are plenty), Sabourin was indeed Luongo's backup last season. True, he didn't see a lot of playing time and it took him until the new year to get his first win, but by the end of the season Sabourin actually performed well enough t give me some confidence that he'd be a decent back-up goalie.

Sabourin may be best known for filling in for Luongo for the first 5 minutes of OT against the Ducks in game 5 of the playoffs this past spring - Luongo either had equipment problems or the craps and wasn't ready for theopening faceoff - regardless, the Ducks smelled blood in the water and swarmed a cold Sabourin, and Dany made some huge saves before the next stoppage in play.

I thought Sabourin would be a good backup for Luongo until Schneider was ready for the NHL - so I guess the Canucks will have to put aside some money for another decent backup for Luongo. In one way or another, the revolving door of goalies in Vancouver continues....
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Yeah maybe im just biased by the steller 4 goals in 21 mins Sabourin let in his only pens game. Pens have better options at backup g then Sabourin and ive seen enough of him to know that.
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Old 07-01-2007, 10:42 PM
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i guess he had a previous stint with the pens before he was Luongo backup last season.

Anyone has to be better at giving Fluery a day off then Thibault
i don't think Thibeault is that bad a goalie, past his prime yes, not as reliable as maybe once he was but he can be called upon when needed and not look like a complete shmuck out there (kinda like Gerber did at the beginning of the year)

this move isn't solving anything for the Pens though.
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Old 07-02-2007, 01:10 AM
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Not Paul Kariya, but I'll take it! (Now, I'm REALLY done for the night.)
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Old 07-02-2007, 01:25 AM
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I don't get it. 35yo puck-mover who doesn't score many points...?

Not terrible, because Pens desperate for NHL-quality d-men.... but I don't get why Sydor, when other more appropriate candidates seem to still be out there.

I guess he's a mentor for Whitney, Letang? Just not the shutdown guy Pens fans were expecting.

Are there any more UFAs with surnames starting with "Sy" out there?

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Old 07-02-2007, 01:36 AM
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I haven't seen tons of Sykora, but he's a top 6 forward the Pens do need.

Looks like he played at the same Russian club as Malkin back in 2004-5 - maybe a reunion for these two? Sykora put up points and +20 that year.
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