Mighty Ducks trade Sykora to Rangers
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded forward Petr Sykora to the New York Rangers for defenceman Maxim Kondratiev on Sunday.
New York also received Anaheim's fourth-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL draft as part of the deal.
Sykora, 29, joins a Rangers side already teeming with star Czech players, including Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Martin Rucinsky and rookie Petr Prucha.
"Petr is highly skilled offensive player, who adds speed and a scoring presence to our lineup," said Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather. "He is a versatile player, who we feel will play an important role on our team."
Noted for his speed in blowing past defenders and his deceptive shot, Sykora had seven goals and 13 assists in 34 games this season for Anaheim.
Sykora, who will earn $3.1 million US this season, will be eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of this season.
A veteran of 10 NHL seasons, Sykora is a six-time 20-goal scorer who won a Stanley Cup ring with the New Jersey Devils in 2000. He was traded to Anaheim in 2002 in a seven-player deal and helped the Ducks advance to the 2003 Stanley Cup final against the Devils.
New Jersey's first-round pick, 18th overall, at the 1995 draft, Sykora has 209 goals and 481 points in 642 career NHL games.
The 22-year-old Kondratiev, a native of Togliatti, Russia, had one goal and three assists in 29 games for the Rangers this season.
Able to move the puck up the ice quickly and efficiently, Kondratiev was sent down to the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate team in Hartford on Dec. 28. He was recalled by New York on Dec. 30 before being reassigned on Jan. 2.
Kondratiev was originally drafted in the sixth round in the 2001 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs dealt him to the Rangers on March 3, 2004, as part of the trade that brought defenceman Brian Leetch to Toronto.