Monday, January 09, 2006

Brian Burke's addition by subtraction

In dealing winger Petr Sykora to the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke has continued on a path of dumping much of his high-price talent that started with the offseason move of Steve Rucchin (also to New York).

Before Ducks fans lament this move as another sign of the team giving up, let me offer some solace. If ever there was a case of addition by subtraction, this will be it.

By moving Sykora out, that frees up enough payroll room for Anaheim to callup rookies Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both of whom have been absolutely phenomenal for the Ducks' AHL franchise in Portland since being sent down earlier in the season.

Perry has 16 goals in 19 minor-league games, and Getzlaf has 33 points in just 17 AHL games. Had they both been playing the entire year in the AHL, they'd be leading the league in those categories (Perry in goals, Getzlaf in points). It's still far from a lost year for Anaheim in the standings, so if these two can mesh the way they have in Portland, it may provide the boost the club needs.

That's not to say I don't like the move from the Rangers' point of view. Sykora gives New York another Czech sniper to pair with Jaromir Jagr (not that he needs any help this season) on the powerplay. Sykora's also had six consecutive 20 goal seasons and definitely has the potential to return to the point-a-game plateau he enjoyed with New Jersey in 2000-01.


At 12:17 p.m., January 11, 2006, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

The player the Rangers traded for Sykora (Maxim Kondratiev) might end up being a pretty good player, too. Though a little bit raw, he showed some talent in the semi-regular role given him by the Rangers. Not a bad skater by any means.

I used to work with a Czech guy who said years ago that the only problem with the Rangers was that they had the wrong Czech (Petr Nedved) on their team. His solution to the longterm aimlessness of the Ranger franchise was simple--get rid of Nedved, get Jagr, and get a bunch more Czech-O's. The way things look this year I'd have to say he was right. Now if they could only get their hands on Patty Elias....


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