Wild @ Penguins: Sykora to play against former team


Minnesota Wild (4-9-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (11-2-0) What to Watch For: For the ninth time this season, the Minnesota Wild will be looking for their first road win of the season. Minnesota is coming off a 3-2 win against the Rangers Friday night and are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games. Key Stat: Pittsburgh – Goals per Game: 3.3 Minnesota – Goals Per Game: 2.15 Pre-Game Notes Friday morning it was up in the air whether Minnesota Wild right winger Petr Sykora would be in the lineup against his former team. Sykora was a healthy scratch Wednesday night and then was called out by his coach the following day. For one night, Sykora answered the bell. In the Wild’s 3-2 win Friday night against the New York Rangers, Sykora had a goal and an assist to give him his first multi-point game since January 28, 2009, when he scored twoRead More »

NHL: Sykora falling out of favor in Minnesota?


Word out of Minnesota is that Petr Sykora has not been a good fit and has not been committed to playing the defensive zone. Sykora has 1 point in six games and has fallen out of favor with head coach Todd Richards. Things have been so bad for Sykora that he was benched (healthy scratch) Wednesday night against Nashville in favor of enforcer Derek Boogaard. ***Read more for the latest on Sykora*** According to Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune, Richards indicated after practice today that he was just trying to put the best team on the ice, when asked about Sykora being a healthy scratch. More From Russo Richards On Sykora: “He is a proven scorer, but there’s so much more that goes to playing the game of hockey than just finishing.” “He {Richards} said the coaches went over those areas with Sykora. But Sykora told us after the coachesRead More »

NHL: Sykora in a holding pattern


Veteran winger remains unsigned Petr Sykora’s camp was highly confident that their client would sign at the beginning of the month but with training camps to open in four weeks, Sykora has yet to receive an offer over $1.8 million per season. One of the main holdups in Sykora remaining on the free agent market is the fact that he’s a plan B or C for interested teams, not their plan A. Sykora has been highly involved in talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers. Both teams have an interest in Sykora but the Lightning are believed to be close to finalizing a deal with winger Alex Tanguay. The Flyers have discussed the parameters of a contract with Sykora’s camp but at the top of their wishlist is Todd Bertuzzi. Other teams to express mild interest in Sykora have been the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, PhoenixRead More »

NHL: Devils looking to add another forward? Reese to Columbus?


****Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the three women who lost their lives in the LA Fitness Health Club (Bridgeville, PA) shootings Tuesday night.*** The New Jersey Devils have been rather quiet this off-season, mostly impart due to financial troubles. The Devils officially brought back Brendan Shanahan yesterday and the team has offers on the table to Petr Sykora and Mike Grier. Both offers are believed to be under $1.5 million per season. Sykora remains in talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are his first choice but need to create some cap space. Ryan Malone continues to push hard for the Lightning to sign Sykora. Sykora is seeking a two year deal to join the Lightning. The Red Wings announced this morning that they have signed Jason Williams to a one year deal. That takes another team out ofRead More »

The Ice Report


Weekly Installment on the latest buzz around the NHL Satan eyes a return Long Island *Miroslav Satan is pushing for a return to Long Island. He enjoys the area and his agent has approached the Islanders about a possible return. The Islanders have also held talks with Alex Tanguay and Petr Sykora but both players are out of their price range. *It has been reported that the Flyers are interested in Satan. Sources tell me they have no interest. NHL pushing for the Coyotes to make the playoffs *Despite the NHL still funding the Phoenix Coyotes, the Coyotes remain the active in free agent. It is believed the NHL is pushing for the Coyotes to make the playoffs which is why were seeing the Coyotes increase their payroll and make good personnel moves. The Coyotes are a finalist with the Tampa Bay Lightning for Alex Tanguay. Sykora in a holdingRead More »