I am going to admit bias here. I am a Petr Sykora fan. I had the good fortune to spend some time with him when he first came to the IHL. He was a good guy then and I really liked him. I was bitterly pissed at Cliff Fletcher when he picked Jeff Ware over him in the draft that year. He went to New Jersey and won a cup there and most recently he won a cup in Pittsburgh. It is all over the net tonight that he is done in Pittsburgh. You know where I am headed here right?
Petr made 2.5 million last year. In this market and at his age and with his injuries, he would have to take a major haircut. He will likely be able to get more money in the KHL.
So, before I make a total ass of myself, let’s say that he could be had on the cheap. Is he worth signing in Toronto?
New Pens coach Dan Blysma had Sykora for 22 games, he socred 4 goals and 2 assists.
He is 33 and would take ice time from younger guys
He has been injured
He isn’t truculent
He’s won cups
Every season in which he played 80 games, he scored over 20 goals
He scored 25 goals last year
I like him as a player and a person
So? How nucking futs am I? The Leafs need help upfront. They need guys who can score. Is it worth signing a guy (to a minimum deal in terms of money and term), given his injuries? This isn’t a rumour, I haven’t heard it anywhere, I am just suggesting/asking it. I don’t have the answer, but I am sure you do, If Burke can’t acquire guys who can score for the upcoming year, and Sykora isn’t to your liking, who do you want?
As an aside, if you wonder how things are in the economy in Toronto, a friend put his name on the Leafs waiting list for seasons tickets, thinking that maybe one day his kids would get a call. He got one today that Leafs seasons tickets are available to him. He has 48 hours to decide if he wants them. So, despite what Gary Pinocchio says, things are rough all over!