Report: Penguins ink D Sydor, LW Sykora

TORONTO (TICKER) —The Pittsburgh Penguins apparently felt they needed some more experience to go along with their young stars.

According to a report by TSN of Canada early Monday morning, the Penguins signed defenseman Darryl Sydor and left wing Petr Sykora to two-year contracts.

Sydor’s deal reportedly is worth $5 million.

Drafted seventh overall by Los Angeles in 1990, the 35-year-old Sydor appeared in 74 games with Dallas last season, recording five goals and 16 assists in his second stint with the club. The two-time All-Star, who won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and Tampa Bay in 2004, has collected 94 tallies and 471 points in 1,097 career contests with the Kings, Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and Lightning.

Sykora, 30, also has his name on the Cup, winning the championship with New Jersey in 2000. The Czech, who was drafted 18th overall by the Devils in 1995, registered 22 goals and 31 assists in 82 games with the Edmonton Oilers this past campaign.

In 764 career games with the Devils, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers and Oilers, Sykora has notched 247 tallies and 565 points. He also represented his country at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Pittsburgh, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2001 this season, hope the addition of Sydor and Sykora - as well as the re-signings of veterans Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts last month - will have a positive influence on 20-year-old Evgeni Malkin and teenagers Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal.

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Updated Monday, Jul 2, 2007