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Rangers acquire forward Sykora from Anaheim

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Petr Sykora and a 2007 fourth round draft choice (previously acquired by Anaheim from the Rangers in the Steve Rucchin trade) from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in exchange for defenseman Maxim Kondratiev.

"Petr is highly skilled offensive player, who adds speed and a scoring presence to our lineup", said Sather. "He is a versatile player, who we feel will play an important role on our team."

Sykora, 29, is a six-time 20-goal scorer, reaching the plateau in each of his last six NHL seasons. He has appeared in 34 games with Anaheim this season, registering seven goals and 13 assists, along with 28 penalty minutes. Sykora ranks sixth on the team in scoring with 20 points and is third on the Ducks with 118 shots on goal.

A veteran of 10 NHL seasons, he has posted a plus or even rating in six of his nine seasons and is a plus-72 overall. Sykora captured the Stanley Cup Championship with the Devils in 1999-2000, leading the team and ranking third in the league with nine post-season goals. The following season, in 2000-01, he helped guide the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second consecutive season, tallying 12 goals and 10 assists in 25 post-season contests. He led the team with 12 playoff goals and his 22 post-season points were the second-most ever recorded by a Devils player in the playoffs. During the regular season in 2000-01, he established career-highs in goals (35), assists (46), points (81), and plus/minus (plus-36). In 2002-03, he helped lead Anaheim to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, tying for first on the team in post-season points (13) and assists (9) in 21 games.

Internationally, Sykora has competed in several tournaments for the Czech Republic, including two World Junior Championships (1994, 1995), two World Championships (1998, 1999), the 1997 World Cup of Hockey and the 2002 Olympics.

A native of Plzen, Czech Republic, Sykora was originally drafted by New Jersey, 18th overall, in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-0, 190-pounder has skated in 642 career NHL games with Anaheim and New Jersey, collecting 209 goals and 272 assists for 481 points, along with 268 penalty minutes.

Kondratiev, 22, appeared in 29 games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and two assists, along with 24 penalty minutes.
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