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by Paul on 07/21/09 at 08:11 AM ET
from Joe Starky of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Veteran forward Petr Sykora will not return for a third season with the Penguins, but his departure has nothing to do with a supposed rift between he and coach Dan Bylsma, according to Bylsma and Sykora’s agent, Allan Walsh.
A recent report in the Czech newspaper “Aha!” quoted Sykora as saying he did not like Bylsma when the two were teammates with the Anaheim Ducks from 2002-04. The quotes implied that Sykora believed Bylsma had it out for him when they were reunited in February, when Bylsma was hired as Penguins coach.
Walsh said the interview never happened. He said “Aha!” is a sister publication of “Blesk,” a periodical Walsh compared to the National Enquirer, and often publishes its stories.
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