Kondratiev is equivalent to Emelin, so it's not nothing
I don't like Sykora in the 1st place, yes he'll probably score a few goals with his friend Jagr but it just so happens that Jagr isn't in montreal and Sykora showed he won't score with average players like Zednik and Ribeiro.
I'm not quite sure that Sykora is exactly what we needed.
He's talented for sure, but this team has many more needs that have to be addressed before we start bolstering positions with similar players. Zednik, Kovalev, Ryder are all snipers with production similar to Sykora's. To get Sykora is also a cap hit we could ill-afford at the moment.
Also, Kondtratiev and a fourth isn't really nothing.
I know it might sound strange, but could Theo have a negative trade value as of now?
Goaltending is a bit different than a streaky winger. Teams don't win playoff series on the back of a solid right winger. Sykora will help out the Rags but by no means solidify a playoff run. Theo on the other hand has the words "comeback and rebound" written all over him for certain GMs. Some will trade for Theo on the assumption that a change of scenary will retunr him to his MVP calibre shape.
Shows you how low the market has become for overpaid, under-achieveing 30-ish players...
As a side note, our friend Eklund has missed the boat with this one, here' what he had to say this morning:
Apparently, Petr Sykora was scratched last night by GM Burke and not
coach Carlyle. That leads to tons of speculation of where he is
headed. Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey and Montreal are all in the