Cap-strapped Lightning deal Sydor to Stars

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are beginning
to feel the restraints of the salary cap.

With a large portion of their money tied up in their three star
players, the Lightning on Sunday traded defenseman Darryl Sydor
to the Dallas Stars for a 2008 fourth-round pick.

Tampa Bay has nearly $21 million of its $44 million salary cap
devoted to Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards and 2004 Hart
Trophy winner Martin St. Louis next season, leaving only half of
its allowed funds to be spread out through the rest of the
roster. Sydor is slated to make $2.128 million in 2006-07.

"This is the worst part of living in the salary cap era,
particularly when you are coming off the success we had in
2004," Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster said. "Darryl
Sydor is one of the toughest competitors and greatest team
players ever to wear the Lightning sweater. He was the missing
piece that helped us win the Stanley Cup and his leadership has
been invaluable.

"It is terribly painful to trade Syd, and yet in the cap world,
given the commitments we have already made and the priorities we
have established, we simply do not have the luxury of
continuing to carry his salary. We needed to make this move in
order to give ourselves the cap space and flexibility necessary
to complete our own Group II [free agent] signings and finish
assembling our roster for the upcoming season."

Drafted seventh overall by Los Angeles in 1990, Sydor recorded
four goals and 19 assists in 80 games with Tampa Bay last
season. The 34-year-old helped the Lightning win the Stanley
Cup in 2004 and also captured the championship in 1999 during
his first tenure with the Stars.

"We are very familiar with the type of player and person that
Darryl Sydor is and he immediately solidifies our defensive
corps," Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong said. "Darryl is
a proven winner in the National Hockey League and he brings a
level of veteran leadership, toughness and experience that very
few active players can match. We are extremely happy to have
him back in Dallas."

A two-time All-Star, Sydor has collected 89 goals, 361 assists
and 660 penalty minutes in 1,023 career games with the Kings,
Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and Lightning.