Friday, September 18, 2009

So long and good luck

As the Penguins prepare for this season and chasing the Cup, they watch another beloved member of their family move on. Petr Sykora signed a one year $1.6 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.

As Pens fans you really can't be angry at him. He was one of the most clutch players of the post-lockout years and a fan favorite, but his time had passed. Hampered with a shoulder injury for the end of the regular season and all of the playoffs, Sykora watched his ice time drop to nothing, and some fans jumped on him for it. We can't. We simply cannot blame Sykora for anything that went on. He was, is and always will be one of our favorite players, and I speak for all writers of this blog.

The man that kept the Pens alive in the 2008-2009 Cup run. The man who called his own shot. The man who FINALLY got his hat trick. The same man who FINALLY got to hoist the greatest trophy in sports. The man who upon hoisting said Cup said simply "FUCKIN RIGHT!"

We salute you Petr and wish you nothing but luck in what this author hopes to be a very re-vamped version of Minnesota hockey. As a Wild fan (second only to the Pens since even the North Stars years) this author hopes you continue your streak of 20 goal seasons and enjoy every minute of hockey you play.

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