Sykora wants to stay

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Have you heard anything?

What is the latest news?

Those will be two very popular questions throughout Rexall Place this morning as players and media count down the final hours to the NHL trade deadline at 1 p.m. (MST).

But Petr Sykora - one of the most-mentioned Edmonton Oilers who could be on the move - doesn't want to go anywhere.

"I would love to stay (in Edmonton) - everybody knows that," said Sykora after practice yesterday.

"I don't mean just to the end of the season.

"I would love to stay here longer than that."

Earning $2.9 million US this season, Sykora has scored two goals in his last 12 games.

"I don't think about it," said Sykora about today's deadline.

"It is nothing I can control. This is up to Kevin (Lowe).

"I have got other stuff to worry about, which is scoring goals."

The 30-year-old winger/centre adamantly denies he has even heard his name whispered in trade rumours.

"Honestly, this year is the first time I haven't heard my name (in rumours)," he said.

"Have you heard my name? I guess I am not a big fan of watching the news. I don't read the paper, really.

"So, I haven't really heard anything."

With 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points, the frustration is evident on nearly every inch of his face, from his voice and from his body language.

Entering last night, the Oilers were seven points behind Calgary for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

"The team has to win," he commented. "We have to put something together - a four- or five-game winning streak. We still haven't done that this season.

"Every team goes through stretches when they win these kind of stretches, and we still haven't done that.

"This would be the best time to do it."

At the bare minimum, Sykora has set a mark he believes the Oilers must achieve in the next 10 days.

"We have four games at home, and to have any chance we have to at least win three games," he remarked.

"The game (tonight) is as big as the game (on Sunday) in Minnesota."

A breakout game from Sykora would be much appreciated in the Oilers' dressing room - if he is still around come game time against the Phoenix Coyotes.


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