Wild Signs Veteran Winger Petr Sykora

TJ SandersContributor ISeptember 17, 2009

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 17:  Forward Petr Sykora #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 17, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

As reported Monday at The Wild State of Hockey, the Wild placed two-time Stanley Cup Champion winger Petr Sykora on a pro tryout. Wasting little to no time, GM Chuck Fletcher signed Sykora to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million Thursday morning.

Sykora brings pure goal scoring talent to the offense deprived Wild, something Fletcher has said repeatedly he wanted to try and add to the Wild before the season started.

Sykora has scored at least 20 goals per season nine times in his 14 year NHL career and has proven to be an effective offensive threat at every level he has ever played at.

With the signing of Sykora, the Wild are now left with only $796,473 of salary cap room for the 2009-2010 season and are also one player over the 23 NHL player roster limit.

This means it is more likely that Colton Gillies might start the season down in Houston. Or, maybe though that Fletcher had informed Benoit Pouliot that he has a new slate this season, maybe he is put through waivers if he doesn't live up to the team expectations.

Only time will tell who will lose a roster spot before the Wild begins in a little over two weeks. One thing is for sure though, the Wild further added some scoring depth to a team who had lost its franchise points leader Marian Gaborik back on the first day of free agency.

With the additions of Sykora and Martin Havlat, the loss of Gaborik seems like a moot point now, especially considering that the talented winger has been held out of training camp and practice with a sore groin, something that Wild fans are all too familiar with and aren't likely to miss.


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