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Bourque Update

Chris Bourque was placed on waivers earlier today because of salary-cap concerns, I'm told.

Bourque likely wouldn't have been waived had the Caps managed to move Michael Nylander as they had hoped. But that hasn't happened, and so the Caps must absorb his $4.875 million cap hit -- for now.

Because Nylander was not waived by noon, it's expected he'll be on the opening-night roster when it's submitted at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"We'll see," GM George McPhee said of Nylander, who has two years remaining on his contract but has fallen out of favor with the coaching staff and management. "We're still working on things."

If Bourque is claimed, the Caps will not receive any compensation. If he clears, it's possible he could be assigned to Hershey of the American Hockey League and Nylander could be in the lineup for the opener Thursday in Boston because of the injuries to Tomas Fleischmann and Eric Fehr.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 29, 2009; 5:53 PM ET
 
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Comments

Cue the drama.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I'll believe it all after it happens. Untill then, there's just so much smoke.

Posted by: Sonyask | September 29, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Leave Nylander

Posted by: large23220 | September 29, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

What a sucky situation!

Posted by: jmb9778 | September 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I understand that these things are all busine$$ but what a horrible thing to do to the kid. He works his butt off, is relieved to make the team and can't even savaor it for 24 hrs before he's a pawn.

Where's the heart?

Posted by: holliden | September 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I like Nylander and would enjoy seeing him play. With that being said, there was something that stuck out during the Rangers game. I am not putting Nylander at the same level as Gaborik at this point in their careers, so please don't twist this post that way. Anyhow Gaborik was rushing the puck up ice, entered the zone, and woooop, did a Nylander circle at the top of the zone while another Ranger crashed the net, then he shot a nice low shot towards the net. Just pointing out that Nylanders "circles" are a common practice with puck control forwards. It allows plays to develope without standing still. I too think that playing Nylander on a regular shift only increases the chances of the Caps having a better season than last year.

BTW, Schultz is throwing his body around nicely. Anyone that has gone to games and says they don't see a change are only seeing what they want to see. He dumped a guy in the neutral zone and didn't even put himself out of position to do so.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

see now it's clear. he wasn't waived because they plan to play him as they promised, he was waived so that nyls could play. sucky situation indeed. that's really sad to say the leadt.

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Yuck!

Posted by: NatyBG | September 29, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

So after being told he has made the team he most likely will not. Wow talk about bringing someone up just to knock them down.

Posted by: icehammer97 | September 29, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer

that's exactly where all my anger stemed from in early posts, it wasn;t that I thought bourque is the best player, or that he is even better then flash or fehr or even nyls it's that they put him through camp, told him he made it, promised him boston, and then like holliden said less then 24 hrs later not only was it all taken back, but he is placed on waivers.

it just sucks all around

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

It does suck for Bourque, but Nylander is a much better player, and we all know that. It will only help our lineup, though inserting a finesse guy like Nylander in place of a checker like Bourque seems a bit off.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Keep praising GM.

Posted by: Cheef | September 29, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

my recollection of Nyles is he looks physically frail on the ice. He gets bounced around like a pinball out there and defensively he sucks at this point in his career. Maybe he'll have more jump or put more effort in if he gets into the lineup this season but based on the recent past I would never accept him into the lineup unless we need a very specific role for him to play (i.e. BMo goes down). And even then I'd look to reshuffle the lineup with Laich replacing BMo before bringing back Nyles.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

So after being told he has made the team he most likely will not. Wow talk about bringing someone up just to knock them down.

Posted by: icehammer97 | September 29, 2009 6:05 PM

well..its not exactly that situation here. They have probably reassured Bourque that the only reason he went on waivers was so they could have more time to work the Nylander thing. Most players would understand cap issues.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

It sucks for Bourque, no doubt about it. However, how can you let a $4.5 million/year guy fall out of favor? With that kind of money, both sides should be working towards getting some kind of favor back. Caps need to use Nyls and showcase him as much as possible. It's too much of a cap hit to let him ride the pine every night. BB and Nyls both need to act like adults and work together to figure out how best Nyls can help the team. This is ridiculous crap.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | September 29, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I have heard of stubborn mules but BB beats them all with this Nyls problem. So there is a contract that the Caps can't break, then why not make the best of what they have? I can't believe Nyls can't contribute to this team, the man has proven to be a very good center when he is healthy why not give him a chance? From what I read, well with the exception of some the bloggers here, Nyls has been an ultra professional man, has reported on time, has come in on good shape, practice very hard and gets along with his team mates ... WTF? Did he steal something from BB? Did one of the other make a pass and was rejected romantically? I am with Nyls on this one, at least until some other news proves me different, but BB is acting like a total arse when it comes to Nyls.

Posted by: hock1 | September 29, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

listen all ye nutbags

Nylander would be a viable option IF we hadn't signed BMorrison. Now that we have our top 2 centers, there is NO realistic room for a Nylander on this team because he's not simply a player you plug into your bottom 2 lines. Period. Some players can play all thru the lineup (i.e. Laich)
Other players can only play very specific roles on specific lines (i.e. Flash, Nyles, Semin)

You try and ramrod a Nylander into this lineup for any extended period of time and you'll end up weakening the team if he's on the 3rd or 4th lines.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Hauwsirth, Dylan Yeo and Dubuc reassigned to the Stingrays.

Too bad for Dubuc. I think he deserves a shot with Hershey this year. Another reason I wouldn't have minded seeing Giroux get picked up by another team. He's really not a prospect anymore but Dubuc is and needs to play with better competition.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

listen all ye nutbags = Cstanton

That of course is another opinion from another nutbag.

Posted by: hock1 | September 29, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

did you just call flash a proven 2nd liner...he is a 3rd line guy, yes he can play on the 2nd line but not consistently.

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

@ everybody trying to put Nylander on the 4th line

He's never thrown a check in his life. What's going to do on the energy line? I'd rather have Gretzky throwing checks for me.

Posted by: large23220 | September 29, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Nylander has the skill to center a 3rd line, or shutdown line. If that is his role and production numbers aren't expected. Everyone brings up his point production and that it isn't in line with where he was when he was brought back two years ago. Well...it was until he got hurt. Since his return from shoulder surgery last season it is obvious that he has not been a BB favorite. He played on lines with less skilled players, his ice time plummeted, as did his point production. If your getting 4th line minutes you will produce 4th line points no matter your skill level.

Now he and BB still have not mended their player/coach relationship and BMo was brought in to serve as 2nd line center. Is that Nylander's fault, sure, partially, but BB's to blame too. Again though, as others have eluded to, this isn't all about hockey, no way. There is way more to this and as a fan I really don't care to know the details. I have enough drama in my own life.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Reading between the lines it appears that management thought the Caps might have had a deal to move Nyls but that it fell through. What kind of deal we posters can only guess. As for Bourque the situation stinks but we can't apportion blame unless we know the whole situation (that is for those who feel a need to point fingers). Also the cap talk might be just smoke--not the real reason. Whether one likes GMGM or not negotiation involves smoke and mirrors and other kinds of misdirection. What we are reading in this piece is just what how Tarik's questions were answered.

As I've said before I've adopted a wait and see attitude with Nyls. As for the guys placed on waivers, if the worst happens and they get picked up then hopefully they will break into the NHL--BB pointed out
that this can be a good thing for the individual player even if as a team we want to keep him.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 29, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Reading between the lines it appears that management thought the Caps might have had a deal to move Nyls but that it fell through. What kind of deal we posters can only guess. As for Bourque the situation stinks but we can't apportion blame unless we know the whole situation (that is for those who feel a need to point fingers). Also the cap talk might be just smoke--not the real reason. Whether one likes GMGM or not negotiation involves smoke and mirrors and other kinds of misdirection. What we are reading in this piece is just what how Tarik's questions were answered.

As I've said before I've adopted a wait and see attitude with Nyls. As for the guys placed on waivers, if the worst happens and they get picked up then hopefully they will break into the NHL--BB pointed out
that this can be a good thing for the individual player even if as a team we want to keep him.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 29, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

get outta here with this nonsense of putting Nyles as your 3rd line center. He's not strong enough on the puck to play that role. He'll get outmuscled all over the ice. Thats why Steck is such a good 3rd line center. He lacks Nylander's fanciness but he more than makes up for it in the important ways you need your checking center to play. When you have a finesse and frankly, weak, player on your 3rd line, it has an adverse effect on your wingers too. Their primary purpose is not to score goals. Its to play responsibly defensively and forecheck the heck out of the other team. Sorry, that does not equate to Nylander. He's never been asked to do that. He also likes to play high instead of getting closer to the goal crease. Which means every time his wingers go crashing into the end boards trying to cycle a puck, Nylander is offering the other team a nice open seam from which to skate the puck out of. Its like springing a leak. He needs more skilled wingers and he needs a different role than a 3rd line checking role. Unfortunately for him, those roles are already taken.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry did not realized I posted my tome twice.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 29, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Well just like last season it looks like this problem isn't going to go away quietly. Whatever they were working on to move Nylander appears to have failed. Maybe it's time for GMGM and BB to take him out for an after work beer, and say we're gonna try to make this thing work. Can't we all just get along?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | September 29, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

listen all ye nutbags = Cstanton

That of course is another opinion from another nutbag.

Posted by: hock1 | September 29, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

except that my opinion is backed up by hockey talk. Yours is backed up by sheer emotion and the angst of how Nylander has been wronged by Boudreau. What did you say in defense of Nylander ? something like this?

"Did he steal something from BB? Did one of the other make a pass and was rejected romantically? I am with Nyls on this one, at least until some other news proves me different, but BB is acting like a total arse when it comes to Nyls."

instead of discussing HOW Nylander can fit into this team, you get your panties all bunched up and make this a purely emotional argument. Which really..holds no water.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Nyls would do fine on the 3rd line. cstanton1, all of your philosophy leans toward a team that should be loaded with imposing players. That's not necessary. Nylander is strong on the puck. He doesn't have to possess the ability to lay players out, just the ability to fight them off. Until the last year he was considered a very skilled and productive player. Now he's considered a slug. Rediculous.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I might add that BB did play NYls last season and a lot you were screaming for his Nyls' head. Mind you I am not pointing fingers--just facts that many of you have forgotten.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 29, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

"Because Nylander was not waived by noon, it's expected he'll be on the opening-night roster when it's submitted at 3 p.m. Wednesday."

Nylander ("No Move Clause") couldn't be waived because he would have to approve it (and no way he'd do that). Also, a clarification: just because he's on the opening night roster doesn't mean that he's playing. On the other hand, his cap hit might mean we don't have room to bring anyone back up from Hershey, and he might have to play unless we suit up a defenseman or Varly as a forward or just run 11 forwards.

Part of me says this sucks, but I'm not surprised with how this turned out. Again, it's better he's sent down now than 2 weeks from now.

Posted by: Raber | September 29, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused, I ran the numbers yesterday on capgeek.com and it put the Caps 1.5M under the cap with 23 roster players (Bourque being one of them). Why did we have to put him on waivers?

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, like Bourque is being paid so much money that losing his salary will make such an impact. BB would be better off not commenting a player moves that may or may happen. As far as Nylander, he has honored his contract and showed up and participated in practice. Put the blame where it belongs on GMGM for the contract with the no trade clause and the salary. Nylander was a good player prior to the rotator cuff injury. He is an older player so if they wanted to trade him, why they did not put him in preseason games to show other team that he can still play is beyond me. BB gives other guys chance after chance. We don't know what has been happening. We don't know if Nyls actually invoked the no trade clause, which is his right, or if no team was interested, or if GMGM was asking for too much in return. If he is on the team, they will probably treat him like they did Emmy and just keep him in the press box all year and then act surprised when they get no takers at the trade deadline.

Posted by: NovaCath | September 29, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Nyls would do fine on the 3rd line. cstanton1, all of your philosophy leans toward a team that should be loaded with imposing players. That's not necessary. Nylander is strong on the puck. He doesn't have to possess the ability to lay players out, just the ability to fight them off. Until the last year he was considered a very skilled and productive player. Now he's considered a slug. Rediculous.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

not true - i already said he'd be ok for a short time on a 2nd line. My philosophy regarding the bottom 2 lines however definitely mirrors that of most every team in the NHL. You need to have players who excel at certain things, none of which resembles Nylander.

for ex -- do you really think Nylander would be a better center for say Brads and Laing than Steckel? I mean, he is more skilled than Steck. So why wouldn't he automatically fit in better?

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

cmasisak22: McPhee also said he expects Michael Nylander to be on the roster Thursday, but he is still talking to European clubs

This means Nyls has agreed to be shopped in Europe.

Could he agree to be placed on waivers if GMGM won't find anything?

It maybe sounds insane, but it is possible. It depends what kind of doghouse they keep you in. :-)


Posted by: CodePoetry | September 29, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

and Fanock-- I don't know which Nylander you saw last year but he got knocked off the puck all over the place and he didn't win any board battles much less try to win any. And yeah, even centers need to be able to play along the boards.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Agree with the comments that Nylander is still a good player and ought to be in the lineup as long as he is still a Cap. Even if he is going to be traded or moved or bought out eventually, he should be in there in the meantime. If nothing else, it may increase the chances he can be moved.

I hope Caps fans will not boo Nylander. From all accounts, he has continued to be a good teammate and hard worker. If he gets some minutes, he can still contribute.

Posted by: thereds | September 29, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Cstanton1,
You are so full of yourself, you have forgotten your English comprehension or your brain cells left you a long time ago.
My post had nothing to do with how a player fit on the team, but about how BB is not making the best of a bad situation. Take deep breath man, you don't know much more about hockey than anyone else here. Your post about "hockey talk" are as silly as some others, you provide no proof of anything other than your opinion, and that is fine, just get off your high horse other people have opinions too. It seems that you think having thugs on the 3rd and 4th line is the only way to go, you should try watching MMA that seems more your style. It is obvious you have no idea the purpose of center is. But what is the use discussing any of these with you? It has no value.

Posted by: hock1 | September 29, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Nylander is slow; he slows down the tempo with that absurd circling thing; he is a total wuss with the puck; he won't dig in the corners. He is a 4.875 million dollar headache, holding back the Caps. If he were even half-way decent some idiot GM would trade for him, or just take over his contract. I can't believe that Nylander doesn't want to play for some other club. Then again, maybe he does not have the hunger to be a premier athlete.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | September 29, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1, we're not going to agree on this, so no matter what you say I won't all of a sudden see the light. Nyls not playing is not all about the ice, so don't try to use BB not playing him as your example that you're right. He's a better center than BMo right now so I don't buy that his lack of skills are the reason he's not playing.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

To whoever it was who gave the Gaborik circle explanation, that would have worked except Circles would circle outside the zone. He would skate towards the zone and then go into his circulating killing the momentum.

I am not saying that Nyls is not a good player because he definitely has skill but he just doesn't work for BBs up tempo system. He could definitely work on a 'possession game' team but not in our run and gun.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

pkendrick: That's not even true, he always did it just after entering the zone, not in the neutral zone. Some of these claims are getting silly. Nylander is slow, come on, please someone who saw him, and doesn't hate him, please chime in regarding his speed during training camp. He slows the game down when he circles, so does Semin, they aren't slow, they just let plays develop in front of them. You can dislike Nylander and form opinions, but please don't just make things up for the sake of arguing. Let's move on from the Nylander issue. He's obviously not going to be a part of this team and the team has learned how to keep it from being a distraction.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

In regards to the Nylander and Bourque situations, I am certain we know very little about what is going on between management and the players. Very little is released to the press. As far as Bourque is concerned, I recall an interview with him back in the summer where he clearly stated that if he does not fit the Caps needs, he would like for them to give him the opportunity to play elsewhere in the league. Perhaps that is the case here. His best bet might be elsewhere and the Caps may be doing everything they can to showcase him as a credible NHLer. We have know idea what has been discussed behind closed doors, and what is being speculated by many may be far from the truth.

Posted by: gonchpup | September 29, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if mentioning Seabrook being picked up by Calgary and the Caps are to look foolish for letting him go...but...he's not on their roster as of today.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1 - Circles circled all over the ice. Yes he circled in the offensive zone but he also circled back in the neutral zone and during the breakout.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1, we're not going to agree on this, so no matter what you say I won't all of a sudden see the light. Nyls not playing is not all about the ice, so don't try to use BB not playing him as your example that you're right. He's a better center than BMo right now so I don't buy that his lack of skills are the reason he's not playing.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

how is he a better center than BMo? I mean, we haven't seen enough from either one to make that determination. The issue is, the CAPS feel the BMO is the better center. Thats why they signed him. If they felt Nylander was still a quality player they would've found a way to keep him despite his absurd salary.

The Caps (and lord knows I disagree with a LOT of things they do), actually got it right this time. They made a mistake signing Nylander and instead of amplifying that mistake by forcing him onto this lineup, they are trying to rectify things by replacing him. The Caps are not going to simply intentionally damage their chances of winning a Cup by playing a worse center than Nylander on their 2nd line. They believe Nyles has little left to offer them and thats why he's a foregone conclusion.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

wait just some clarification from all the updates today. is it true in assuming thaat if bourque clears wivers he will be sent back down to hershey?? im a little confused then what will happen with dehr and flahs when they're healthy. they make more then bourque does and if bourque has to be sent down to clear room for nyls then that means fehr or flash won't fit under the cap either...right? this doesnt make sense at all

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I hesitate to put my opinion out there with all you hotheads but I agree with cstanton1 on Nyls--he was looking tentative out there last season and from what I understood last year his specialty was slowing the play down, definitely not BB's and this team's system. Personally I do think Nyls is a good player but in a different system. He was having trouble adjusting his play to fit BB's system. And BB was having trouble finding a role for him especially after he came back from his injury. But except for that little media stuff on the part of Nyls about why he didn't play in the playoffs everyone involved from BB to Nyls and to management is saying positive things. Really for al of you who say Nyls should be given a chance well he had been given one--last season.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 29, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

FYI for all those who were earlier discussing the As on sweaters at the team phono, Poti and Knuble had them but so did Ovie. My guess is Poti and Knuble will split time as the other A.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Keep praising GM.

Posted by: Cheef | September 29, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

keep poping in when something goes wrong but hide when (99% of the time) things go well. to bad you have a NMC too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | September 29, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

"this a purely emotional argument. Which really..holds no water.

Posted by: cstanton"

This is NOT an emotional argument. On the contrary most posts have argued that the Nyls situation shows bad business judjment and bad coaching strategy -- in terms of team-building, let alone in terms of fans' perceotions (Look at how much distrust in Caps' judgment and discontent is building up in this blog alone).

Whether we or the coaches like Nyls or not is irrelevant. No one forced him on this team. The Caps organization wooed him, and invested nearly 5 millions in him. It is to their benefit to try to get a return on their investment. Saying, "oops, we changed our mind about you so we will just ignore you," is not a business strategy. Bringing down his value by NOT showcasing him, as several people noted, does not sound like a smart business strategy either. In fact, it does not sound like any strategy at all.

Saying "he fell out of favor" or "we can't fit him into our system" makes BB look bad, in my opinion--and I am a great fan of his. It is his job to figure out how to get the best out of players and match the role he assigns them to their styles and skills.

I agree with hock1

"I have heard of stubborn mules but BB beats them all with this Nyls problem. So there is a contract that the Caps can't break, then why not make the best of what they have? I can't believe Nyls can't contribute to this team, the man has proven to be a very good center when he is healthy why not give him a chance?"

Some great truth may be revealed tomorrow and suddenly everything will make sense. Until then I am mystified by the Caps marginalizing a skilled player; one they have invested in, and whom they cannot get rid of.

Posted by: caraveli | September 29, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

ditto

also BB hasn't been an NHL coach long enough and done enough at this level to throw his weight around on such a problem even if I think he's a good coach. if he was Mike Keenan, Glen Sather or Scotty Bowman, maybe.

Posted by: joek443 | September 29, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Again, why not let the situations with Nylander and Bourque play out. Too many here are reaching conclusions without much to go on. Strong opinions are fine if the facts are definite, but very little is known to start blasting Bruce.

Posted by: gonchpup | September 29, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Well I have sat back and waded through the "stuff" on here. Everyone is entitled to the their opinion on Nyls. As a former athlete, I can't imagine wanting to be someplace that I was not wanted regardless of money. It is not like he would not still make good money elsewhere. But again this is just my opinion. Right now there is only 1 opinion that matters - BRUCE'S... As far as anyone questioning him on this, you are out of line. Bruce has done a remarkable job with Washington period. If you are someone in Nyls family, attack Bruce. If you are not in Nyls family, back off Bruce and have some faith. Geez

I feel real bad for Chris right now. Sucky way to start the season

Posted by: jbears1 | September 29, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

If this was for salary cap reasons, I just don't understand why it had to be Bourque. Sloan would have made more sense because he's the 8th of 6 starting D, counts for more against the cap than Bourque, and is more likely to make it through unclaimed. It doesn't seem to make sense so I'm guessing GM knows something and expects Bourque to make it through waivers unclaimed.

Posted by: decoy13 | September 30, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

It looks to me like the Caps thought they had a solution to the Nylander situation (trade, to Europe, or he agreed to being put on waivers). When that failed to materialize they had to do something because of cap issues. Unfortunately placing Bourque on waivers was the something.

As I've said in the past players want to play. So, I disagree with all those people who say Nylander would be happy to sit around and collect the cash.

There were times that Nylander helped the team last year. However, more often than not he hurt the team because of his turn overs and mediocre to poor defensive play. I don't think a player susceptible to commiting turnovers is a good fit for playing on the 3rd line when turn overs go to the other team's top players especially when that player is not defensively outstanding.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | September 30, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Caps fans should be upset with GMGM for signing a 35-year old center to a mult-year deal that had a no movement clause. Talk about taking away any flexiblity in the event that the player's performance declines or he doesn't fit in with the new coach / system (which seems to be more of the case with Nyls). I personally think that Nylander has been the ultimate professional about it and would accept a trade to ANY NHL team. You can't blame a veteran guy like Nylander who has a contract for not wanting to be assigned to play in Russia when his family is back in Sweden.

It's a very unfortunate situation and the end result was that we had to waive a young kid in Bourque who had made the team and likely will be picked up on waivers. I wish Bourque the best and am sure the Caps explained the circumstances as to why they couldn't keep him on the active roster. There's always a small chance he will clear waivers, get assigned to Hershey, and then be called up to the big club when injuries inevitably hit.

Posted by: wizfan89 | September 30, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I have to wonder what BB and Nyls have done to help this situation. Has BB tried to find a role for Nyls? Has Nyls put effort into trying to adjust his game to fit into the O? I think Nyls may work on the 3rd line because it would get him away from the top D pairings and give him more time and space to make plays.

Posted by: ds_kelly | September 30, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Both sides are stubborn. BB has decided that he wants his team a certain way and that does not include Nyls. He had Nyls in the line-up and he didn't produce like he should for the amount of cash the organization is paying him.

In the end though, why would you want to stick around someplace where you are not wanted? Is it worth hanging around do nothing and collect a boatload of money? I guess it is.

Now the net effect of the whole debacle is that the young talent that need to start coming up and filling roster positions are screwed by self-serving interests.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | September 30, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

gonchpup = voice of reason.

Not a big fan of figuring out what people were thinking when they do things. Unless you've got telepathy or some mind powers the rest of us mere humans don't have, too much energy is being used to read Boudreau's, McPhee's, and Nylander's minds.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | September 30, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Can't the Caps extend a few of these contracts and lower the base salaries for the next 1-2 seasons?

Posted by: leopard09 | September 30, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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