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Penguins Sign Sydor, Sykora And Sabourin

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

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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