Sykora to the Rangers

Mighty Ducks trade Sykora to Rangers

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded forward Petr Sykora to the New York Rangers for defenceman Maxim Kondratiev on Sunday.
New York also received Anaheim’s fourth-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL draft as part of the deal.
Sykora, 29, joins a Rangers side already teeming with star Czech players, including Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Martin Rucinsky and rookie Petr Prucha.

Defense mechanism is beginning to kick in

Funny how the NHL is starting to come back to the reality that defense wins hockey games.
After all the talk about letting players loose, teaching more offense in the minor and youth levels, and getting away from using the trap to sit on leads in the waning days of the lockout, more and more coaches are starting to use the “D” word again.
Just consider the stories about Canada’s second straight World Junior Championship. There is nothing being written about offensive firepower overcoming the Russian team. The stories have been about how coach Brent Sutter demanded that his team play “relentless defense.”

Devils to retire numbers of Stevens, Daneyko

The New Jersey Devils finally are paying homage to their past.
The Devils on Friday announced they will retire the uniform numbers of defensemen Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko in separate ceremonies later this season.
The last of the pre-1979 expansion era to retire a jersey number, the Devils will honor Stevens — who wore No. 4 — prior to their game against the Carolina Hurricanes on February 3 and raise Daneyko’s No. 3 to the rafters at Continental Airlines Arena on March 24 before their contest against the Boston Bruins.

Name change: MCI Center to be Verizon Center

The MCI Center is about to become the Verizon Center.
Verizon Communications Inc. completed its purchase of MCI Inc. on Friday, making way for a change at the home of the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics. The name switch will officially take place sometime before the end of March.

Win is costly for Bruins

On Thursday, the Bruins won a game against Ottawa but lost starting goaltender Hannu Toivonen to an injury. Last night, they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Banknorth Garden, 6-3, but lost veteran center Alexei Zhamnov to a broken left ankle at 17:14 of the second period and goalie Andrew Raycroft was forced to the dressing room with 42.5 seconds remaining in the game after tweaking the area below his right knee.
Coach Mike Sullivan said he doesn’t believe Zhamnov will need surgery but he’ll be out for the foreseeable future. Raycroft, on the other hand, said he’s fine and just left for precautionary reasons because the game’s outcome was decided.

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