Christensen was pretty brutal in Anaheim and he's been pretty good here. Sykora's always had a pretty good attitude about things, he COULD turn it around.
I'm not really onboard with the move, but I wouldn't mind it. If anything it would put some pressure on guys like Lisin and Kotalik to get their act together. We can always waive Christensen and/or Sykora and send them to Hartford and it wouldn't be a big deal.
So ya think we get lucky with two waiver pickups? What are the odds?
Pressure on Kotalik & Lisin? Like there hasn't been enough already? What does that say about this team and its coach if this is the kind of move that gets guys going?
Wouldn't be a big deal? Tell that to the players....
but if he brought Sykora back it would force his hand to actually move Kotalik or Higgins (I doubt Brash can be moved right now, and I'd actually like to keep Voros on our 4th.)
Where does Sykora fit? He is a sniper(an old one). The problem with this team is playmaking, he doesnt fit and he definitely wouldnt fit in on the checking lines. I say pass, let a player like Lisin work through his problems and learn as he goes because there is potential there.
there's no way i'd put this guy on the ice over christensen right now. sykora might be the most streaky forward i've ever seen on a regular basis, and the last 2+ ears that streak has been to be a healthy scratch. avoid plz
I'm not gonna lie, I'm 50/50 on this I could say pass & be done with it but i'm intrested. We have seen guys get thrown on the scrap heap like Reechi for example he was done & found new life. That was 2 years ago.
I think what's stoping me from really wanting him is that we don't have the playmaking center or opposite winger he needs to be succesful.
Rangers can't take on a contract greater than $1,404,977 unless they shed salary and, of course, demoting Brashear won't do that.
I'll take my chances with Kotalik, Christensen and Lisin.
Actually this year it would come off the books:
All Player Salary and Bonuses earned in a League Year by a Player
who is in the second or later year of a multi-year SPC which was
signed when the Player was age 35 or older (as of June 30 prior to
the League Year in which the SPC is to be effective), regardless of
whether, or where, the Player is playing, except to the extent the
Player is playing under his SPC in the minor leagues, in which
case only the Player Salary and Bonuses in excess of $100,000
shall count towards the calculation of Actual Club Salary; plus
With the help of agent Allan Walsh, General Manager Chuck Fletcher is trying to trade Sykora and appeared to be getting closer Wednesday.
"I'll take the next couple days and explore what trade options may be," Fletcher said. "The first priority will be to try to trade him. If that doesn't happen, there are other options."
In today's salary-cap world, nobody was willing to take Sykora off waivers. A handful of teams would take Sykora but they want the Wild to take a player back in return. Fletcher is willing if it makes sense. "Just because a player isn't taken off waivers doesn't mean nobody wants him," Fletcher said.
Minnesota has money coming off the books after this season. Ales Kotalik would be a good fit in Todd Richards's system. Very similar to Buffalo's system.
Would include Michael Sauer to dump Kotalik's contract for Sykora's expiring contract. Sauer is a Minnesota boy and the Wild needs some younger D ready to step into the lineup. Tyler Cuma,Marco Scandella and Nick Leddy are not ready. Nick Schultz,Brent Burns and Greg Zanon are their only signed D for next season.