The New Jersey Devils will not sign Petr Sykora.
Sykora is currently an unrestricted free agent. A couple of days ago, it was reported that he received an offer from an NHL team.
The Devils are reportedly not the team that offered Sykora a contact. He played in 82 games with the Devils during the 2011-12 season.
"We made a decision over the last 24-48 hours," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. "We're going to give some kids who played well in the minors an opportunity."
With the Devils, he scored 21 goals and assisted on 23 goals for 44 points. He played the 2010-11 season in the Czech Extraliga League and the Kontinental Hockey League.
He played with HC Plzen in the Czech League, where he scored 5 goals and assisted on 8 others for 13 points. He played with HC Dinamo Minsk in the KHL, where he had 8 goals and 7 assists for 15 points.
He played in 14 games with the Minnesota Wild in 2009-10, and had 2 goals and an assist for 3 points. He spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With the Penguins, he played in a combined a 157 games. He had 53 goals and 56 assists for a 109 points.
He has also played with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006-07 and the Anaheim Ducks and the New York Rangers in 2005-06.
During the 2004-05 lockout, he played for Metallurg Magnitogorski in the Russian SuperLeague. Before the lockout, he spent the 2002-03 and 2003-04 season with the Ducks.
He was a member of the New Jersey Devils from 1995-96 through the 2001-02 season.