The rumored deal that kept me up until almost 4 am this morning is done: The Stars have sent Philippe Boucher to Pittsburgh for Darryl Sydor.
I think I am pleasantly surprised about this trade. I really like Boo, and I wanted him to finish his career as a Star. That being said, I think his numerous injuries have finally gotten ahead of him and prevented him from really playing up to his talent level. I wish him the best of luck in Pittsburgh, but I feel that this will for sure be his last season now.
As for Sydor, I am more surprised than anything that he waived his no-trade clause to go back to Dallas. If you read the blog a few entries down, he left really unhappy with the Stars as an organization. I hope that Niskanen or Daley will see a lot less ice time with Syd coming back. Nisky will also lose his defense partner and most likely his number (Syd is also #5).
Overall, I think this trade is good for the Stars. Most people seem to think that the Stars got the bad end of this deal since Syd has been scratched for most of his games in Pittsburgh… and I think that just has to be some issues he had with Pittsburgh’s coach because he is not a healthy scratch type of player. He had been asking for a trade for a long time.
Boo, we will miss you. You’ll always hold a special place in mine and Sarah’s hearts because you read ALL of our signs and you seemed so happy when we told you we’d make one for you.
Welcome home, Syd! 🙂
From his interview today (courtesy of Heika’s blog):
“I didn’t want to leave,” Sydor said. “I have a lot of roots there, and we love Dallas. It is just a dream come true to be able to put that jersey back on. I think the reason why was a cap issue. That’s the way it is; it’s the way the system works. There are no hard feelings. I’m very excited to be back.”
Another note – Fistric is now listed on the active roster of Stars players… doesn’t make sense that we have 8 defensemen, but he hasn’t been officially recalled yet