Wild strengthen offence with Sykora
Free agent forward scored 25 goals, 46 points with Penguins last season
Seeking an offensive upgrade, the Minnesota Wild signed a two-time 30-goal scorer on Thursday.
Petr Sykora, 32, who notched 25 goals and 46 points with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, agreed to a one-year free-agent contract worth a reported $1.6 million US.
Ten of the right-winger's 25 goals were game-winners, tying him for third in the NHL with San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
Sykora added one assist in seven playoff games to help the Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship, the second in five appearances for the Czech forward.
In the 2007-08 season, he was Pittsburgh's fourth-leading scorer with 63 points (28 goals, 35 assists) and nine points in 20 playoff contests as the Penguins advanced to the Cup final.
The six-foot, 190-pound Sykora has 300 goals and 374 assists for 674 points in 921 NHL regular-season games, and 69 points in 115 playoff games.
He represented the Czech Republic at the 2004 Olympics, and played for his country in three world championships (1998, 1999, 2005), two World Cups (1997 and 2005), and two world junior championships (1994, 1995).