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]