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Sykora shipped to Anaheim

Mighty Ducks acquire four players

July 7, 2002

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— Petr Sykora, a 20-goal scorer the last four seasons, was among four players acquired by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday night in a trade with the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, forward Jeff Friesen and another player.

The Mighty Ducks also acquired forward Igor Pohanka, defenseman Mike Commodore and goaltender J.F. Damphousse in the seven-player deal, while New Jersey also received forward Maxim Balmochnykh.

Sykora, 25, had 48 points in 73 games with the Devils last season and was a member of New Jersey's 2000 Stanley Cup championship team.

Commodore has played in 57 games 37 last season since being picked by New Jersey in the second round of the 1999 NHL entry draft.

Damphousse, 22, was a 1997 first-round pick for New Jersey and last season appeared in his first six NHL games as a goaltender.

Pohanka, 19, played in 57 games last season with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League.

Tverdovsky was acquired by Anaheim from Phoenix in June 1999 for Travis Green and a 1999 first-round draft pick. Friesen was acquired in March 2001 from San Jose along with Steve Shields for Teemu Selanne.

Balmochnykh was a second-round draft pick by Anaheim in 1997.

Meanwhile, not satisfied with the free-agent additions he made last week, Rangers general manager Glen Sather is looking to make another change but this time the addition will come by subtraction.

Two league sources said Saturday that Sather has been talking to the Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes about unloading center Petr Nedved, who became expendable after Monday's signing of Bobby Holik, and could have something done today. Sather has been speaking with Flames GM Craig Button since the NHL draft about a deal for defenseman Derek Morris or defenseman Denis Gauthier. Phoenix GM Mike Barnett, who used to be Nedved's agent, has offered right wing Shane Doan.

The Rangers are willing to pick up a large chunk of the two years, $9.75 million remaining on Nedved's contract.

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