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Nylander A Healthy Scratch

Michael Nylander, who has only one assist in his past seven games, will be a healthy scratch tonight.

Jose Theodore will start in goal and likely face Scott Clemmensen. Sergei Fedorov is also out, as is Shaone Morrisonn.

More in a minute.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 14, 2008; 10:20 AM ET
 
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Oh Jesus.

Must be a trade.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by: Zornado | November 14, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

(potential) Wow.

Posted by: Section117 | November 14, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Let's all take a deep breath. I hope not.

Posted by: luvdcaps | November 14, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

This has to be the long rumoured trade...

Posted by: MReilly9 | November 14, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

He's off to Chicago

Posted by: jp14710 | November 14, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Boo,
All done! Phew.

Strange Nyls has been scratched. Lets wait and see before we put 2 and 2 together and get 5.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 14, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

If this is a trade...

I wonder if it would be a 3 team deal with one of the goalies going somewhere?

Obviously if we make a move it would be for D.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I have missed the rumors. What are the Caps supposed to be getting in return?

Posted by: docjohnson | November 14, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Clarification - Chicago goalies...not ours..

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

No trade here, just BB showing Nylander they expect more from him. We've got a number of good centers, and while Nylander can be amazing, our others seem to be working a little harder.

Posted by: jsnoek | November 14, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The Boston Globe, today:

Rumors abound that the Blackhawks are closing in on a deal with the Capitals to acquire ex-Bruin forward Michael Nylander, 36, who also played here for a couple of seasons. With so many young players in the Blackhawks lineup, Nylander's veteran presence would help. Nylander missed half of last season because of injury, but has been healthy from the start this season, collecting two goals and 9 points . . .

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I see I'm not the only one who thought the trade rumors must be true when I read this. I sincerely hope that this is not the case, however. I don't see Nyles waiving his no trade clause to go to the Hawks. But I guess stranger things have happened...

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | November 14, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey, at least Fehr comes back in the lineup then.

Posted by: Section117 | November 14, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Seriously...I dont see this as just a message being sent.

The Boston Globe reports a trade and he is a healthy scratch the next a.m?

Come on guys...no message here except he very well might be gone.

I know Ottawa needs to shake things up, and Chicago needs to move a goalie...

I just dont get Nylander waving a no-trade.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Huh. I didn't think Nyls would want to move his kids in the middle of the school year. Question is, what are we getting in return, if the trade rumors are true? Wait and see.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

People keep saying how deep we are at center but are we keeping Feds at $4mil for next year? Without him and Nyles, what do we really have? Suddenly our potent offense goes to one line only.

Posted by: rh71 | November 14, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Have you guys seen the all-star vote tallies updated today? Each of our guys has gained about 11-12,000 votes. Semin and Ovie are next behind the stinkin' Canadia/ens and Green is next behind them too!

We just need more Caps fans to run the script to battle those hosers up north!

Here's the script again. Check yesterday's John Carlson entry for more directions...

// ==UserScript==
// @name NHL All-stars Voter
// @namespace nhl
//@description This script votes for all Washington Capitals players.
// @include http://ca.fanballoting.nhl.com/vote
// ==/UserScript==

/*
var players = Array('8471214','8470120','','','8471242','');
for (var i = 7; i {
var id = "player_"+str(i);
alert(id);
document.getElementById(id).value = players[i-7];
}
*/
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{
var xmlHttp=null;
try
{
// Firefox, Opera 8.0+, Safari
xmlHttp=new XMLHttpRequest();
}
catch (e)
{
// Internet Explorer
try
{
xmlHttp=new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.XMLHTTP");
}
catch (e)
{
xmlHttp=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
}
}
return xmlHttp;
}

function vote2(p)
{

xmlHttp=GetXmlHttpObject();
if (xmlHttp==null)
{
alert ("Your browser does not support AJAX!");
return;
}

xmlHttp.onreadystatechange=function()
{
if(xmlHttp.readyState==4)
{
location.reload(true);
}
}
xmlHttp.open("POST","vote",true);
xmlHttp.setRequestHeader("Content-type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded")
xmlHttp.send(p);

}
try{
var post = "player_1=&player_2=&player_3=&player_4=&player_5=&player_6=&player_7=8471214&player_8=8470120&player_9=&player_10=&player_11=8471242&player_12=";
var build = document.getElementsByName('form_build_id')[0].value;
var token = document.getElementsByName('form_token')[0].value;
var form = document.getElementsByName('form_id')[0].value;
var x = Math.round(Math.random()*270);
var y = Math.round(Math.random()*34);

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rest += "&form_build_id="+build;
rest += "&form_token="+token;
rest += "&form_id="+form;

post += rest;

vote2(post);
}
catch(e)
{
location.reload(true);
}

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 14, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

It will be Bulin Wall for sure, but I think it will involve several players.

As of no-trade class? That thing never works, I don't see why players even want it to be included in the contract...

You don't want trade? Ride the pine, still don't want it? We can put you on waivers...
Come on, there are many ways to politely ask the player to waive no-trade clause... :-)

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I would hate to see Nylander go personally and I think it's a huge mistake unless we are getting a very high quality defensemen. I don't think benching a player like Nylander is the BB way, especially the way the team is playing right now.

Posted by: dsphvywght | November 14, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

@codepoetry

I dont agree. If you try to force a guy out on a no-trade, the other GM's know it, and your value drops considerably. You get stuck with an un-happy player that you must move.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I hope we haven't traded him; that would suck. I like Nyls, and I don't want to see him go!

Posted by: irockthered | November 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's NOT cheat on the all-star ballot.

We sure could use Marty Havlat.. or Seabrook..

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

How do you run the script?

Posted by: MReilly9 | November 14, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I like Nylander, but without a good goaltending in playoffs Caps are doomed.

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

@rh71: If they trade Nylander, I'm guessing they bring Aucoin up from Hershey. That leaves us with Backstrom, Steckel, Gordo, Feds, and Aucoin at center.

I'm still shaking my head about Nyls waiving the NTC, though. I'm taking a wait-and-see and openly admitting that I have no idea what's going on.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

If you try to force a guy out on a no-trade, the other GM's know it, and your value drops considerably.

What if you get axed for your team's poor performance, how it affects the value?

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

and another thing... wtf was chicago thinking grabbing Huet from us in the first place? Why were they in the sweepstakes?

Posted by: rh71 | November 14, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Could it just be that he's sitting because he's flat-out sucked in all but one of his last five games?

Posted by: keeef | November 14, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

This smells like more than a benching to me for 2 reasons:

1) This team has won 4 games in a row and is on a roll. Why bench your 2nd line center when the teams is playing so well?

2) A rumor has been circulating about a Nylander trade, and coincidentally he's a healthly scratch? Seems like quite the coincidence!

Posted by: thecapsfan79 | November 14, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Nyls and Feds out. That means Nicky, Stecks, Gordon and who at center? Koz or Brooks?

Posted by: Steve_R | November 14, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Keef,

Probably, but it's much more fun to speculate. Who does everybody else hope to get back from Chicago if this is indeed a trade?

I love the idea of bringing up Aucoin. Or maybe you slide Laich to center and bring up Bourque. That's a good idea too.

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@ kitty

You are forgetting that laich is a natural center. Kozlov has some time there as well.

life without Nyls:


OV/Backs/Semin
Flash/Feds/Kozlov
Laich/Stecks/Fehr
Brads/Gordo/Brash

This is a really good lineup. Kozlov is the weak link. Maybe we can include him in the deal and get a D and RW in return.

This lineup means we are leaning on Hershey for injury callups, which I think is appropriate. We have several very capable guys down there.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | November 14, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Chicago has been talking about potentially trading Huet in the Chicago papers...

From the Chicago Daily Herald: Tim Sasson reports Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon admits he's willing to listen to any offer, even for Nikolai Khabibulin or Cristobal Huet, if it'll make the 'Hawks a better team.

Link:
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=250502

Posted by: MReilly9 | November 14, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"We sure could use Marty Havlat."

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 10:54 AM
------------------------------------------
For what, to get injured and watch from the press box?

Posted by: Section117 | November 14, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

*shrugs* Hey guys, we don't have answers yet. We're going to drive ourselves crazy speculating. There's arguments for and against a Nylander trade, and really it depends on what we get in return.

*passes the popcorn* Let's wait and see.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Yeaaahh.. I know he's made of glass, but he's having a good year so far.

Seabrook, though!

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Write in vote for Fedorov:

Sergei Fedorov [id: 8446788]

Or include him in the script above:

var players = Array('8471214','8470120','8446788','','8471242','');

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

This is just a thought but Ottawa needs to shake things up as well. We send Nyles to Chicago, one of their goalies goes to Ottawa and Fisher comes back to us? or we are just getting Seabrook if in fact a deal is happening.

Posted by: ThePat | November 14, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

We don't need to bring anyone up. You forget that when everyone is healthy, we have two scratches. This just puts Fehr back in the lineup.

I forgot Clark in the last post. He can take one of several positions and give us a healthy scratch after Nyls is gone.

As for tonight, put Laich at center on second line and move Clark in his slot. But I REALLY like that third line!

Posted by: waitingsince75 | November 14, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I heard GMGM was on the bench this morning. Guessing a trade is in the works.

We'll be ok without Nyls, and if we get a decent blueliner in the deal, we'll end up better.

ShaMo is scratched also....

Posted by: pch49 | November 14, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

*passes the popcorn* Let's wait and see.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 11:09 AM
-------------------------------------------
Hey, leave the T.O.-ish references out of a hockey blog ;)

Posted by: Section117 | November 14, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

@sargeantmofo - does that script factor in the one mintue rule?

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 14, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

i think Nylander has a no movement clause, which would also prevent the caps from waiving him....

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 14, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

The race is on to see who breaks the story first - Tarik, Corey, or gasp - a blogger!

No way is this a benching - not with Feds injured and no replacement anywhere near his skill level.

Posted by: stormblue | November 14, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@waitingsince75: You're right, and I remembered that after I posted. Laich is one of those guys who can play anywhere at forward, so you kind of forget where he's supposed to be.

I still say we take a wait and see. All this speculation is a lot of B$ right now.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I am wery excite now. Hopefully Tarik can get us another scoop ala the Kolzig interview.

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Nylander is on track (according to current production) to an almost 50 (statistically projected at 49) point season. Amazing, isn't it? That would make the Caps with 6-50+ point players.

IF we traded him, it had better be a good return.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

They wont be trading a goalie. Yesterday Stingrays traded their goalie Johnson to another ECHL team, so 2 goalies with the Rays are Nuverith and Geopert, Hershey has Machesney and Varalmov and Caps with Theodore and Johnson. So all the goalies are placed now.

Posted by: HBFan | November 14, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Sorry I mean Josh Johnson traded not Johnson Johnson.

Posted by: HBFan | November 14, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 14, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

ha i know im a caps fan bc im actually sitting here nervous..and thats not just because im late on my work deadline. seriously how bout a deal where nyles goes to chi town, huet to atlanta, kovalchuck to us :) and then throw in some more dmen and fisher with ottawa and we have a blockbuster. im excittttedddd

Posted by: skinzfan4 | November 14, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@ kitty

But that's what is so much fun! The trade speculation is part of it (some of the trades people post here are hilarious) but I love to see how close I can get on the line combos.

I see Laich/Stecks/Fehr as our second line of the future. I really like seeing them play together. They were phenomenal the other night.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | November 14, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

@117: Oh come on. The freaking out and speculating isn't popcorn-worthy? I figure, I'm neither Gabby nor GMGM, and I haven't been playing or watching hockey half my life. What do I know? I can see good points to trading Nylander - love him but let's not kid ourselves, we've got a logjam at forward, and we're short on veteran D. Sloan hasn't been half bad as a rookie, but he's a rookie. And, I like the Laich/Steckel/Fehr line too. :)

So, I'm content to just see what pops out of the woodwork. Yeah, we need something good for Nylander, but I bet it'll be something in the way of a top-notch D or two.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I forgot Clark in the last post. He can take one of several positions and give us a healthy scratch after Nyls is gone.... we all have forgotten about Clark since he's done nothing this year. I have the terrible feeling he's not as healthy as he's letting on. He looks very slow skating and reaction time.

Posted by: dsphvywght | November 14, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

KittyPawz -
I could hug you for this comment:
"I haven't been playing or watching hockey half my life. What do I know? "

Maybe some more people will see this applies to them

Posted by: superpaqman | November 14, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

if this team does well I could see GMGM pulling a huge trade for our weakness which is on D. I think our goaltending will get way better as the season goes but playoffs hockey is all about D; and the teams that win the cup are stout with shut down deffensemen.

It could mean nylander is gone or he might even go with dealing you talent(fehr, laich, etc)

Posted by: smartfan | November 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

in my mind i would care what we get in return. I think GMGM will just be happy with someone taking his contract for the next 2 yrs. His contract is not huge but he is hindering the caps young talent.

Posted by: smartfan | November 14, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov has been our #1 center since the season opener, he is almost back to 100% right now, and Backstrom has been sparked playing on the "Alex line".

Nylander is being deservedly scratched, he's been playing awful hockey of late.

I hope McPhee can trade him for a puck moving D-man, personally.

Posted by: DrAdamson | November 14, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

either way a good move by the Caps. Frees up a roster spot for someone like Fehr who needs to play more often and gets some better 2 way play at center since Nylanders has been awful in his own end with the puck. Hopefully Laich takes over that spot.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 14, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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