LIGHTNING TRADE DEFENSEMAN DARRYL SYDOR TO DALLAS
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a fourth-round choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Darryl Sydor, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Sydor, 34, skated in 80 games with the Lightning in 2005-06, recording four goals, 23 points and 30 penalty minutes. He also played in all five Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording one assist. Sydor, who won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, was acquired by the Lightning from Columbus on January 27, 2004 and appeared in the last 31 games of the season as Tampa Bay captured the Eastern Conference's top seed. He appeared in all 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording six assists, as the Lightning captured the Stanley Cup.
"This is the worst part of living in the salary cap era, particularly when you are coming off the success we had in 2004," Feaster said. "Darryl Sydor is one of the toughest competitors and greatest team players ever to wear the Lightning sweater. He was the missing piece that helped us win the Stanley Cup and his leadership has been invaluable.
"It is terribly painful to trade Syd, and yet in the cap world, given the commitments we have already made and the priorities we have established, we simply do not have the luxury of continuing to carry his salary. We needed to make this move in order to give ourselves the cap space and flexibility necessary to complete our own Group II signings and finish assembling our roster for the upcoming season."