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Nylander Breaks Silence

By now, some of you may have read Michael Nylander's comments in an article published today in Sweden in which the veteran center is quoted as saying Boudreau "told me I wasn't good enough." Japers' Rink has a good translation of the interview here.

I've put in calls to Nylander's agent (Nylander gave the interview in Stockholm) and Coach Bruce Boudreau (who's in Toronto) to see what they've got to say about the comments. We'll see where this thing goes, but Nylander has finally decided to break his silence about his situation in Washington after declining to discuss the matter during the playoffs.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 3, 2009; 4:14 PM ET
 
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I hope Nylander and Boudreau answer.

Posted by: thiazzi | August 3, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"But I can't just break the deal with Washington, says Nylander."

BREAK IT, BREAK IT!!!

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | August 3, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

i feel bad for nyls. as much as I would love to be able to trade him, I think that if we are stuck with him then bruce should play him. he needs a chance to be able to play without worrying if he's going to play the next game. if we can't move him this summer. bruce really needs to try and work with him and give him more chances. nothing is worse then having 4+mil eating up a cap, like 4+mil sitting ona bench. if we're stuck with him well then lets use him, i really do feel for him, he;s a nice guy and doesn;t really deserve to have everyone against him like this

Posted by: capsfan387 | August 3, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

tempus,
despite our urgings, he's not going to skate away from $8.5M guaranteed over the next two years. i think the most likely options are that he gets loaned to the KHL or plays w/ the caps this year. i think once it becomes apparant that no other team will take him in trade, he will decide he'd rather play (and get tax free cash) in russia than ride the pine in the NHL. then again, much depends on what his wife wants to do, as we found out a couple of years ago.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 3, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I bet Nyls circles back around that comment once or twice. I'll be sure to yell, "Ole!" when he does. Bruce was right.

Posted by: phknlwyr | August 3, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

ps. personally, i would love to see him do well with the caps this year. not just to see some return on investment, but because, as capsfan387 said, he's seems to be a nice guy and seems to be more a victim of circumstance/injury than a malcontent. he's going to have to change his game, no doubt...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 3, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I am a Caps fan. I don't care who is "nice". Let us all pray that this is the beginning of the cycle which will GET NYLANDER THE HELL OFF OUR PAYROLL!!!!!

As a Caps fan, that is what I would like to see happen

Posted by: broud0 | August 3, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh Gee...I can't break my contract, I won't make as much money!!! Nothing like....I'm not worth it anymore...GMGM gave him a no cut deal and no move....way to go GMGM!!

Posted by: CB28031 | August 3, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

tempus,
despite our urgings, he's not going to skate away from $8.5M guaranteed over the next two years. i think the most likely options are that he gets loaned to the KHL or plays w/ the caps this year. i think once it becomes apparant that no other team will take him in trade, he will decide he'd rather play (and get tax free cash) in russia than ride the pine in the NHL. then again, much depends on what his wife wants to do, as we found out a couple of years ago.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1

Well yeah, I know that. I'm urging him to go to Russia where he can play with Jagr and recapture that magic he had with him while making as much, if not more, money (since it's tax free) than he would be here. If he does that he saves himself the humiliation of being a healthy scratch, can actually contribute something to his team rather than being a cash drain, and give the Capitals and their fans that cap space back. Win-Win situation

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | August 3, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I would like to go on the record and agree with BB. Take your crap somewhere else Nylander!

Posted by: NatyBG | August 3, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I honestly could give a rat's butt about his feelings. Does he care about the fans's feelings? He's taking cap space from us and possibly keeping the team from making a deadline deal to secure the missing piece to winning a Cup. I've been a fan for 25 years and want a Cup so bad I don't care how it's done. I've ground my teeth to stubs whenever I see "Penguins Championship Merchandise on nhl.com" on the NHL Network. I nearly ruined a nice plasma TV the first time I saw that when I threw my remote at the screen. Dos vidanye Michal and circle your way to Mother Russia. You won't be missed

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | August 3, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

It isn't his fault that he signed to a nice contract under a different system. That said, if he can find a better opportunity in the NHL or KHL, he should take it, even if it means Ted has to subsidize the move.

Please, let's make everyone happy.

Posted by: apa67 | August 3, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Nylander could probably be a decent player in another system, but a player worth 4+ million finds a way to be effective whereever he plays. I think BB and GM need to make it very clear that he will not see a minute of ice time in DC no matter what. That he will sit in the press box at home and stay in DC during road trips, but that he will be expected to show up at every practice, pregame skate, team meeting, etc. Get him out of here, to Canada, to Russsia, to Sweden, don't care. He is a very nice guy and a good family man and a talented player in the right spot, so find him a spot! Please!

Posted by: majiksea | August 3, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

@apa67: Sadly, we're not here to make anyone happy except our selves. (See broud0 comment) Screw Nylander. (See tempusfugitrgv comment)

I think when comments like that are made, it hearkens back to when the country folk took up their pitchforks and torches and went to hunt down the Frankenstein monster. Turns out the Frankenstein monster was a better person than that deranged mob of simple-minded folk. I'm not calling the people not giving a fig about Nylander's family and what impact any move away from them would do to them, stupid or anything. I'm just letting their comments speak for themselves and if they come off like the ramblings of simple-minded country folk, then well, that's on them.

It'd be nice if Nylander could contribute. Whatever management decides to do, that's on them. I'm not going to call for Nylander's beheading just because management isn't using him. Nor am I going to insult his skills since he wouldn't have been given that contract, if they did not see any value to them. Just because it didn't pan out, doesn't mean either party was stupid. Anyone saying that either party is, just looks as dumb as an ox.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 3, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I think every one in here is looking at this from the Caps or Caps fan perspective. Put your self in Circles skates. I have a 4+ mil contract, get to choose where I am moved to or I can ride the Pine, and it has been made clear that I am not welcome here. I don't blame the guy for being spiteful, not that I think he is trying to be. Regardless, He is getting his money. Is it his fault that the team changed it's ways drastically after he signed, no. That being said, I think that the fact that he makes that much money, he is only making it hard for him to sign some where else by not busting his but attempting to fit in.

If I am another team, do I really want to fork up that cash with the possibility that he would rather ride the pine than try to fit in if he doesn't like the system??? I wouldn't.

I truly think the situation is not liked by any party involved, but it will be real hard to resolve that situation. I hope it works out, but I think we may be stuck with him since I wouldn't sell the farm to get rid of him. Cause I highly doubt that another team will do a straight up trade for him.

Posted by: hbcapsfan | August 3, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

You people have seen the best the Caps have to offer.

Whatever you people do, make sure to defend McFee.

Hey, if Morrison and Knuble took less money, why can't Nylander ?

Such a great organization !

Thanks for everything "Big" Ted.

Posted by: Cheef | August 3, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Nylander is the victim of a changed system. I don't think anyone here will argue that Coach B's system is a lot different than Coach H's. Under Hanlon, Nyls did great. He was a point per game player until he got hurt. By the time he returned, the system had changed and he didn't fit.

He can't break the contract he's in any more than the Caps can. The Caps won't buy him out (too big a cap hit for next year). The only hope is to trade him to another team that he agrees to (Oilers have a lot of cap room now that they won't go after Heatley). It's plausible that the KHL is an option, but he doesn't want to go there, so that won't happen, either.

It's a small target to hit. Hopefully, a solution will be found that is acceptable to everyone.

Posted by: Greg S. | August 3, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

would you all want to go to russia to make less money (the russian teams claim to pay high but don't deliver)?

Posted by: jobrie18 | August 3, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if Morrison and Knuble took less money, why can't Nylander ?

Such a great organization !

Thanks for everything "Big" Ted.


Posted by: Cheef | August 3, 2009 5:52 PM


How could he possibly take less money? There's a contract.

Let's say for fun that your boss thought you didn't fit into the organization anymore. He can't fire you because you have a contract that protects you from that. Would you give up your salary to work or keep your job and just sit around? Or would you rather keep your job and sit around at the higher rate?

A contract is binding on both sides. There can be no arbitrary waiving of terms and conditions or amounts. That's not how capitalism works.

Posted by: Greg S. | August 3, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I like BB but he better look at himself before he tells a guy like Nylander that "he's not good enough".

I think Nylander numbers crush those of BB's.

If BB said "not a good fit", then it's fair. "not good enough", then BB is plain stupid.

Posted by: Cheef | August 3, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Someone forgot to give Cheef his happy pills today and left on their laptop for him to post his usual rant about Mr. Leonsis. Feels like the regular season already!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 3, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

There's room for Boudreau's words to have been mistranslated in that article. For anyone to take everything they read as the literal truth is a bit of a pie hole.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 3, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I like Bruce and the fact that he's been the coach of a winning Caps team. I like Nyls, I thought he was great for us in the Jagr days. I am no coach, but I do sometimes wonder about Bruce's personnel decisions. The way he discarded JT after 1 playoff game was ballsy and it showed us what a possible amazing goalie we have in SV. However, he sort of crushed JT's confidence, I would think. Same thing with the line combos that everyone here complained about all last year. Constantly changing things up seemed to limit players' opportunity to work on chemistry. Nyls quietly mentioned last season that he was having trouble getting chemistry when only playing sparsely and playing with different line mates every time. I don't know who is right or wrong here, but maybe both have some work to do?

Posted by: theshawn | August 3, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"How could he possibly take less money? There's a contract."

Easy, if both sides agree, they can amend the contract. The point is that the Caps are nowhere near the caliber organization where any player in his right mind would get off any money.

That's why whenever I read how Morrison and Knuble took less money it's laughable.

Sure, maybe technically but that's where it ends.

Spare me.

Posted by: Cheef | August 3, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Easy, if both sides agree, they can amend the contract. The point is that the Caps are nowhere near the caliber organization where any player in his right mind would get off any money.

Posted by: Cheef | August 3, 2009 6:16 PM |

LOL. Go read the CBA. You just cannot "amend" contracts and take a paycut. If it was this easy, Ovechkin should be taking one.

Knuble and Morrison took very marginal paycuts. It's not like they left a million or two on the table.

Took a negative thing like Nylander to bring you back out Cheef.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 3, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I like Bruce and the fact that he's been the coach of a winning Caps team. I like Nyls, I thought he was great for us in the Jagr days. I am no coach, but I do sometimes wonder about Bruce's personnel decisions. The way he discarded JT after 1 playoff game was ballsy and it showed us what a possible amazing goalie we have in SV. However, he sort of crushed JT's confidence, I would think. Same thing with the line combos that everyone here complained about all last year. Constantly changing things up seemed to limit players' opportunity to work on chemistry. Nyls quietly mentioned last season that he was having trouble getting chemistry when only playing sparsely and playing with different line mates every time. I don't know who is right or wrong here, but maybe both have some work to do?

Posted by: theshawn | August 3, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The reason they put Varly in for JT in Game 2 was because we were still on home ice and had a chance to recover with a major change. Going into MSG down 2-0 with a new goalie would have been an even bigger uphill battle. I thought it was sad that JT thought he would be the started and then was benched, but he was slipping. It's not like he was the only one, the whole team had issues in the playoffs but Varly came out and played consistently well. Consistency is the real thing JT needs to work on, and hopefully he has because we will need a vet this year.

As for all the line changes etc etc, I think the fact that Bruce makes the players work for it is a good thing. Even if you completely disregard how many injuries there were (which would def account for many of the switch-ups, trying to pair the injured with the healthy) the fact that he pushes them can only be a good thing IMO. If someone can't mentally handle that, then they probably can't handle the pressure overall. As cut-throat as it is, I like that the players have to earn their place and minutes.

Nyls needs to find that talent buried in there and use it to adapt. I agree with whomever said this earlier- he is getting paid a lot, and with that comes the responsibility to contribute no matter what. If you are given 1 min a game, you should work your butt off to make those 60 seconds the best of your career. Earn it.

AND BY THE WAY- don't whine about how you want to leave and expect us to cheer for you...I get that he's trying to force GMGM's hand and the situation is total crap for him, but reading about how a player is dying to get off my team doesn't make me feel any obligation to wish him well...say you are trying, that you are going to work your butt of no matter what team you are on. It's survival of the fittest and it's time he earned a paycheck.

Posted by: mrszilla | August 3, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Phil.

With that logic (sic) everyone's contract would be renegotiated so that there'd be cap room for all the players we'd want to get. Gee! Wouldn't that be just swell?

Only in TV Land.

Posted by: Greg S. | August 3, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

It will now be common for people in the Washington, DC area caught in a bad job situation to say "I feel like Nylander on the job." Or refer to ill fitting jobs as a "Nylander situation."

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 3, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Long-time Caps fans may remember a similar situation with the "Can't Miss Kid" Bobby Carpenter. He was told to stay home by the team for several weeks during the '86-'87 season until a trade was arranged (the Caps got Mike Ridley and Kelly Miller from the Rangers). Here's a refresher on what went down with GM Poile, Coach Bryan Murray, and Carpenter.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | August 3, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Amend or rewrite, whatever makes you happy and gets by the CBA.

Some people simply refuse to believe things can get done easily.

The point here is that the Caps are NOT a reputable organization worth sacrificing for.

Posted by: Cheef | August 3, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

He keeps saying that he has to play "elsewhere." My question is: is he willing to play for less elsewhere? Yes, he has a current deal - and he may end up not playing hockey for a year if he's not willing to take a paycut and get a trade. His salary may be the only obstacle to this situation. Sit and draw a fat paycheck or swallow his pride, take a pay cut and play with the Oilers on opening night. A paycut sucks but it might be in his long-term interests. The choice is his.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | August 3, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Oops, this link will bring you to page 1 of the Carpenter story.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | August 3, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

While Nylander might be a nice guy (he seems it) he also is the wrong player for the team. His style of play in no way meshes with our current roster. As much as the current FO has done a great job with our team, I always questioned why they brought him back. He was not very good in his first tour of duty with the caps, so what warranted the second chance? The fact that he played well with Jagr? That should be the second giant clue that he was not going to do well here, ever.

I loathed the signing, albeit silently, when we resigned him. But the drama surrounding it was even worse. I guess the Oilers are the ones that are laughing now.

But hey, on the brighter side of things, if that is the major recent bust for this FO, I can deal. Sure the money would have come in handy (Semin/Backstrom), but overall this team is going to be solid again next year.

Posted by: Beggarsandthieves | August 3, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The day Nylander came back. I as threilled because he was a legitimate NHL player, not a bottom of the barrel guy. He played well under Hanlon and then suffered the rotator cuff injury. When he came back, it was apparent that he did not fit BB's system and that GMGM has not been able to trade him. Nyl's contract lies at GMGM's feet so blame him. I am grateful to Nylander as he appears to have helped Backstrom adjust to and become comfortable in the NHL and the US. Without that, Backstrom might not have had the year that he had this past year.

Posted by: NovaCath | August 3, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Cheef

Because it's against the CBA to do it:

11.10 No Renegotiation. In no event shall a Club and a Player negotiate a change in
any terms of a Player SPC for the then-current season or for any remaining season of an
SPC. This provision shall not prohibit a Player and Club from negotiating an extension
to an existing SPC in accordance with the terms of Section 50.5(f) hereof or from
negotiating a new or reformed SPC or Offer Sheet in the limited context and time-frame
expressly set forth in Section 11.6(a)(vi) above.

11.6 Rejection of SPCs and/or Offer Sheets; Subsequent Challenge and/or De-
Registration of SPCs and/or Offer Sheets.
(a) Rejection of SPCs and/or Offer Sheets. In the case of an SPC or an
Offer Sheet, as the case may be, that is filed and rejected by the League, the following
rules and procedures shall apply:
...
(vi) In the event a Club files a bona fide SPC or Offer Sheet within
twenty-four (24) hours prior to an applicable signing deadline (e.g.,
a second June 1 for Unsigned Draft Choices or December 1 for
Restricted Free Agents), and such SPC or Offer Sheet is rejected
by the League pursuant to subsection (i) above, and, either: the
NHLPA does not timely dispute and refer to the Arbitrator such
rejection in the manner set forth in Section 11.5(g) above or, if
challenged, the Arbitrator sustains such rejection, then effective
upon: (x) the expiration of the NHLPA's time to dispute and refer
to the Arbitrator such rejection in the manner set forth in Section
11.5(g) above, or (y) the Arbitrator sustaining such rejection as set
forth in subsection (iii) above, as the case may be, such SPC or
Offer Sheet, as the case may be, will be deemed null and void ab
initio (i.e., the Player's Free Agency and/or contractual status shall
revert to the status he held prior to signing his SPC or Offer Sheet),
for a 48-hour period only thereafter, the Player and Club (or
another Club, to the extent the Player is a Free Agent) may attempt
to negotiate a new or reformed SPC or Offer Sheet, which must be
filed with Central Registry within such 48-hour period.

As you should be able to see, Cheef, you can't renegotiate a contract. It's not allowed. You can't do it. Give it up.

Posted by: Greg S. | August 3, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I like BB but he better look at himself before he tells a guy like Nylander that "he's not good enough".

I think Nylander numbers crush those of BB's.

If BB said "not a good fit", then it's fair. "not good enough", then BB is plain stupid.

Posted by: Cheef

Could be a bad translation. I don't see Gabby saying "not good enough"

Posted by: pkendrick | August 3, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Phil.

With that logic (sic) everyone's contract would be renegotiated so that there'd be cap room for all the players we'd want to get. Gee! Wouldn't that be just swell?

Only in TV Land.

Posted by: Greg S

Or the NFL

Posted by: pkendrick | August 3, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Money discussions by fans are silly.. the truth is that no matter how great Boudreau appears to be, Nylander is also a great player and deserves to negotiate on a respectful level. Kozlov and Nylander are a different style than the youngsters. These dialogs are a mistake we are lucky to have a veteran talent like Nylander. He's not the Dog Fighter or the roid head people. He is a great HOCKEY Player. and shouldn't be taking knocks from the coach get over it. fit him in or deal with your mess. horseshoes and hand grenades fellas.

Posted by: mdrake36 | August 3, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

LMAO, Nylander has been playing since 1992 and has scored over 80 points/year just ONCE. you call that great??

he has 679 points in 920 regular season games. thats HARDLY great.

Posted by: joek443 | August 3, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

joek443
"he has 679 points in 920 regular season games. thats HARDLY great."

Maybe great isn't the right word. But over his career, by your numbers (I haven't looked them up), he's averaging .75 PPG. That's not too shabby.

Posted by: Yoshietree | August 3, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

It's been pretty obvious to even the casual observer that these two guys don't get along. I've noticed Gabby is great with young talent, but with the older guys, there's conflict. The tension between Boudreau and Nylander you could cut with a knife.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | August 4, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Did baby lose his bottle?

Damn straight youre not good enough.

Posted by: BondraMan | August 5, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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