Dallas Stars 20th Anniversary Team Player Profile: Darryl Sydor
The Dallas Stars will host the Minnesota Wild Monday night at American Airlines Center, on this night the Stars will honor Darryl Sydor. As voted by the fans, the Dallas Stars' 20 year Anniversary All Time Team features the best of the best, past and present players that played for the Dallas Stars. Darryl Sydor is currently an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild organization.
Darryl Sydor's NHL career would span 19 years 1991-2010, playing for the Kings, Stars, Blue Jackets, Lightning, Penguins, Blues. Sydor, an Edmonton, Alberta native was picked seventh overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. However Darryl would only play 18 games with Kings, before being sent down to the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he played four seasons with the Kamloops Blazers winning the Memorial Cup in 1992. Darryl Sydor would get a taste of the Stanley Cup Finals with the Kings, lead by Wayne Gretzky, but would lose to the Montreal Canadiens.
Sydor was traded to the Dallas Stars in 1996, which was a career-high year for him getting 40 assists and earning 48 points in his first season. Darryl was the final piece solidifying the Dallas Stars' big four defensemen, joining Sergei Zubov, Derian Hatcher, and Richard Matvichuk. A few years later the Stars would make their Stanley Cup Finals debut against the Buffalo Sabres, ultimately winning their first Stanley Cup in 1999. The following year the Dallas Stars would return to the Stanley Cup Finals this time against the New Jersey Devils, however the Stars would lose in six games to Devils in a very physical series, with Darryl Sydor injuring his knee.
After playing seven seasons with the Dallas Stars, Darryl Sydor was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2003. However he would only play 49 games for the Blue Jackets, before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning where he would go on an win a Stanley Cup as the Lightning would defeat the Calgary Flames. On July 2, 2006 Darryl Sydor was traded back to the Dallas Stars from Tampa Bay for a 08' fourth round draft pick. Darryl Sydor became a UFA with the Stars in the 06-07' season, and would be signed to a two year deal by the Pittsburg Penguins, which in 08' he would be in another Stanley Cup Finals, but the Penguins would fall short to the Detroit Red Wings.
Darryl Sydor would not stay from Dallas Stars' Organization for long, as for the third time in his career, he would be traded back to Dallas in November 2008, sending defensemen Phillippe Boucher to the Pittsburg Penguins. Finally Sydor would leave the Stars for good, signing a one year deal 09-10' with the St. Louis Blues and basically becoming a seventh defensemen for the Blues, eventually Darryl would retire in the summer of 2010. Darryl Sydor was one of the toughest defensemen the Stars' have ever had in their line up, as evident in the video below from the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals against the Devils.