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Blues invite veteran Sydor to training camp

by Staff

Multiple sources are reporting the St. Louis Blues have invited veteran defenseman Darryl Sydor to training camp on a tryout basis.

Sydor, 37, is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with Dallas in 1999 and Tampa Bay in 2004. He began last season with Pittsburgh before being dealt back to Dallas in November for fellow blueliner Philippe Boucher, who announced his retirement last week.

But Sydor, who combined for three goals and 15 points in 73 games with the Penguins and Stars, isn't ready to hang up the skates just yet.

"I'm cap friendly," Sydor told The Daily News. "I'll go in there and be a leader. It's a good young team. I'll go in there and do anything they want."

Sydor was taken by Los Angeles with the seventh pick in the 1990 Entry Draft and began his NHL career with the Kings by playing 18 games during the 1991-92 season.

He finished last season with 1,244 regular-season games played, amassing 98 goals, 499 points and a plus-27 rating for the Kings, Stars, Blue Jackets, Lightning and Penguins. In 155 postseason games, Sydor added nine goals and 56 points.

"There's no guarantees on either side. He wants to come and give it a shot and we're happy to take a look at him," Blues' President John Davidson told the Belleville News-Democrat.

In addition, St. Louis invited former Carolina winger Ryan Bayda to training camp on a tryout basis. Bayda has played 179 games for the Hurricanes over parts of five seasons, totaling 16 goals and 40 points. He reached career highs last season with 70 games, five goals and 12 points.

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