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Edmonton's Side of the Story

Looks like Edmonton's assumed "deal" with Nylander went down pretty much the way we all suspected. From the Edmonton Journal:

Lowe can understand buyer's remorse, players changing their minds after a night's sleep, but Lowe says he can't abide being left in the dark much of Monday after believing he had signed a strong veteran who had 83 points with the New York Rangers last year.
"Gillis phoned us back after we finished our talk with Nylander and told us he thought Nylander was going to take the deal. ... At 8 o'clock, (Gillis) phones us and confirms the acceptance of the contract on his behalf with an e-mail.
"I know in today's game you also need a player's signature, and I said, 'well let's get the sheet signed (by Nylander),' said Lowe.
According to Lowe, Gillis said his client was exhausted and asked if he could sign in the morning. Lowe agreed but says he never got a signed sheet back from the player. Instead, Nylander signed in Washington Monday afternoon.
Lowe said Nylander called, "with a sombre voice."
"He said his wife was crying, that they had more friends in the East. I said, 'Michael, this the first I've heard of this.' I told him, 'Michael, why don't you take some time, come to Edmonton -- I'm going down the path for a while -- but after about 12, 15 minutes of that, I said, 'Michael, have you agreed to a contract in Washington? He said yes. I said, 'you have no idea the grief you've caused.' "

Read the whole thing here.

Sounds like Edmonton will try to recoup some damages from Nylander and/or his agent. But Nylander will remain a member of the Capitals because the last thing Lowe wants is an unhappy player who is taking up a significant portion of his salary cap.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 5, 2007; 8:41 AM ET
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