MightyDucks unload Sykora
Burke has about $5 million to work with under the league’s $39 million cap as the Ducks (18-16-7) fight to climb from 11th place in the Western Conference and into playoff contention. A.J. Perez, (562) 499-1338 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m not much on what guys did before they got here,” said Burke, the Mighty Ducks general manager, in a conference call with reporters. “This business, fortunately or unfortunately, is based on what can you do for me today. I felt the goal production to date certainly didn’t merit the salary paid to date.” Sykora, 29, was in the final year of his contract that pays $3.1 million, the third-highest salary on the Ducks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Kondratiev, 22, switched American Hockey League jerseys as he went from the Hartford Wolf Pack to the Portland Pirates, two teams that happened to be playing each other Sunday. The Russian played 29 games with the Rangers and four in Hartford this season. Burke said he eventually sees the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Kondratiev as a solid fourth defenseman in the NHL. The move comes nearly two months after the Ducks traded former Hart Trophy winner Sergei Fedorov and a draft pick to Columbus for little-known defenseman Francois Beauchemin. With the trade of Sykora, the Ducks have none of their top four scorers from the 2003-04 season left on the roster. The Ducks enter play tonight against the Kings at the Pond tied for 26th in the league in scoring. “Does this mean in some way we don’t consider ourselves a playoff team?” Burke said. “Absolutely not. Nothing can be further from the truth.” It didn’t take an abacus for Brian Burke to surmise that another former All-Star on the Mighty Ducks’ roster was expendable. Petr Sykora’s seven goals and 13 assists, Burke said, just didn’t jive with his contract – and that’s why the right winger found himself bound for the New York Rangers along with a fourth-round pick for minor-league defenseman Maxim Kondratiev on Sunday.