Sources of KDKA's Pittsburgh Sports Inside are saying that negotiations with Petr Sykora and his agent are at a stand-still and it doesn't look good for the Penguins signing him before the end of this season. [THIS SUCKS - can we really afford to lose Sykie with how well he and Malkin play together?!!]According to KDKA's Pittsburgh Sports Insider, the Penguins are talking with Gonchar regarding an extension (Hallelujah!)!!! Gonchar is signed with Pittsburgh through the 2009-2010 season when he will become unrestricted free agent.
That was a factor and will continue to be a factor in Shero's attempts to acquire a top 6 forward. Now that the team has traded for a winger for Sid (Chris Kunitz), if Sykora leaves, that will be Shero's next order of business.
The team's struggles without him to start the season are a major factor in this
decision by GM Ray Shero and ownership. [one of the smarter things Shero is thinking since this whole Hossa / Therrien fiasco]