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Nylander put on waivers (updated)

It appears more news broke while I was at 35,000 feet this afternoon. According to Bob McKenzie's twitter page -- and now confirmed by a Caps official -- Michael Nylander has been placed on waivers.

The move does not, however, mean that a trade/loan/minor league assignment is imminent, I'm told. For now, it only means Nylander has agreed to waive his no movement clause -- which, of course, is the first step toward moving his $4.875 million cap hit elsewhere.

The Caps, I'm told, are continuing to mull their options with regard to the veteran center, who has not suited up for the Caps since the playoffs.

Nylander will clear waivers at noon tomorrow Monday if no team claims him.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 7, 2009; 2:15 PM ET
 
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I am glad this situation is getting closer to resolution. Not Nyls fault the coach and system changed. He can still play and has shown nothing but class.

Posted by: LukasWP | November 7, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

holy crap! finally. but what does this mean salary caps wise? will we still have to pay him?

Posted by: fatdime | November 7, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Tarik:
The move does not, however, mean that a trade/loan/minor league assignment is imminent, I'm told
sound like you talked directly to GMGM
it is obvious to the rest of us - that nyls would never agree to waivers if his destination was not know to him.
please go back and ask the capitals official what the real scoop is
thanks

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 7, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's to Nylander waiving his NMC. His class through this whole ordeal has been nothing but exceptional. I'll raise my glass tonight and toast to his success wherever he lands.

Posted by: 104_CapsFan | November 7, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Kirk in AZ,

I'm not sure about that anymore. Nyls may be at the point where he says "F it, trade me to the Islanders for all I care at this point. I would like to play."

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 7, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Nylander...he's a class act. Good luck to you!

I REALLY think that the Caps should be super extra cautious with Green and Schultz's injuries. Perhaps wait a week or a season to make sure they fully recover...I would not want to see them play tonight and re-injure themselves...

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 7, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I'll repost this one more time since it may provide some insight to what's happening with whom now that Nylander has actually been put on waivers...

Nylander update (from yesterday):

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Steven-Hindle/The-Deal-on-Dealing-Nylander/98/24137

Apparently, a few teams have made offers for Nyles but McPhee won't take any salary back. Read on!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 7, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Wonder when Nyls changed his mind about waivers? Last night was certainly the strongest indication he was going to get that he'd never play for the Caps again. Maybe it took something that definitive to finally convince him that he needs to move on if he wants to play hockey again.

Posted by: wocoliz | November 7, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic news about Nylander, and thank you Nyls for waiving your NMC.

For those calling for Nylander to play, this is what we had hoped for in instituting the no-play policy.

Posted by: Sonyask | November 7, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Teams that have enough salary cap space to claim him are: Tampa Bay, St Louis, Phoenix, Islanders, Nashville, LA Kings, Dallas, Colorado, Columbus, and Atlanta.

This list doesn't take into account LTIR space or teams that could essentially send a player down to the minors and have enough space. All the teams I listed have over the $4.875 million cap hit for cap space.

Posted by: ThePat | November 7, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Great news!

So if they can move him do we call up Alzner or Carlson since the cap would no longer be an issue?

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 7, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck to Nyls.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 7, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Butcher, I'm guessing yes to one of those guys. Remember, they are also deferring backs bonus in order to be under this years cap. I would imagine they would prefer not to.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 7, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Tampa should claim him. Isn't that were most former Caps go to end their career.

Posted by: Capitals8 | November 7, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

varlamov in goal today?

Posted by: mclaugpl | November 7, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I bet Nyls will clear waivers without anyone claiming him. Then the Caps will place him on reentry waivers where a NHL team will claim him at half his salary. The other have of his salary will be on the Caps books and cap.

This is the best case scenario for the Caps and team that will claim him. It has been reported that the Caps did not want to absorb even salary back in a trade.

The end result is that the team that claims him takes a cap hit of + $2.8 mil and the Caps in turn get $2.8 mil in cap relieve.

Anyway, Nyls has been a class act in this whole situation and I wish him luck in advance with his new club!

Posted by: puckman | November 7, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Also, his salary next year will be split as well.

Posted by: puckman | November 7, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Puckman, I'm Guessing if he clears he'll be off to khl or Europe. However, couldn't they also send him to Hershey? They would still have to pay him, but no cap hit.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 7, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

if they can get Helm #43 from the Wings take on his low cap hit ..hes the type of player we will need in the playoffs

Posted by: heathdog1119 | November 7, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the Caps need the space now for Carlson and Alzner.

Posted by: MyJobsMyCredit | November 7, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I believe that there are several NHL teams that would take on his salary of $2.8 mil for this year and next - Detroit, Boston, Colorado and even Carolina. Knowing McPhee, there an agreement in principle between all three parties - Caps, Nylander and another NHL team (or 2).

Take into account that his real cap hit this year for his team is down to $2 mil due because the Caps have already played 16 games this season (prorated).

Posted by: puckman | November 7, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

puckman:
i thought the splitting of the salary only applied when a player is re-called back to the big club. i'm not sure the caps would do that :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 7, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Nylander...he's a class act. Good luck to you!

I REALLY think that the Caps should be super extra cautious with Green and Schultz's injuries. Perhaps wait a week or a season to make sure they fully recover...I would not want to see them play tonight and re-injure themselves...

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 7, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

LMAO are you frigging kidding me? this moring you were HOPING for season-ending injuries for both of them.

Posted by: joek443 | November 7, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey

Yeah, I'm sure Nyls is ready to go anywhere, even the Islanders. Well, he's got the perfect name for an Islander. No man is an Islander (Nylander).

But would it be our luck if Nyls would come back to haunt us in the playoffs with the Islanders?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

i also thought - maybe wrong - that any player claimed off of waivers (on the way down) would have to take the remainder of the contract which for nyls that is 5.5m + 3m. that 8.5m is over 2 yrs (4.25m cap hit) and then pro-rated (reduced by the number of days so far this season - around 20%). if i have the above correct - for a team to claim him now - the cap hit for them would be around 3.4m

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 7, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@wocoliz

Indications were strong earlier this year. Yesterday was not the first time they played Sloan at forward instead of Nylander. But there were numerous examples of people that were played instead of Nylander.

1) Sloan -- a defenseman

2) Perrault -- a minor league callup

3) Semin -- who is in "le maison des chiens" and everyone was calling for being a "healthy scratch".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@Capitals8

Yeah, Tampa seems to be the place for Caps to end their career. Kolzig, Jamie Heward. They also had Eminger and Pettinger at one point. And Zednik.

(While the Penguins and the NJ Devils seem to be the team where former Caps tend to thrive.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg

gosh, i dont know if i can take it if this doesnt happen
like
dont know
if i can take it

my pulse is so rapid, and my heart is pounding...this is more exciting than losing my virginity (or as i imagine that might be, someday...!)

i have been waiting on moving this guy since last year...

Posted by: cotelloer | November 7, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

and Detroit... Dino and Murphy ended up there together and got to drink outta the Cup

Posted by: joek443 | November 7, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Waiver and salary cap questions answeredd here:

http://www.nhlscap.com/faq.htm

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 7, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Dino never got to drink from the Stanley cup...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 7, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Puck, you will never see Nyls on recall waivers. Once he said yes to waivers he said yes to Hershey. We are not going to to on any more Cap hit for Nyls. If we recall him, we owe for next year as well, not going to happen! GMGM was content to wait for next year when the no move clause was no more so he could be sent to Hershey and be off our books. Remember we could have bought him out and that would have put us almost exactly where we would be if we recalled now. Nyls is headed someplace, if not the NHL, he is bound for Europe/Russia or Chocolate Town

Posted by: majiksea | November 7, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

where did bonzai end his career?
was it nashville...
man, what i wouldnt give (semin) to have him playing wing or on the blue line on the power play now...

though, i love Semin, and will be an apologist for that awesome guy forever...refs target him cause his stick is too long, and as we fellows know, as great as it is to have a long stick, others are bound to get jealous...

Posted by: cotelloer | November 7, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

I hear you, Joe. Add Detroit to my list of places where former Caps tend to thrive, along with NJ and Pittsburgh.

In a depressing note, Puck Daddy posted a link to a blog from a sportwriter named Levy who rates Ovi as one of the star hockey players unlikely to ever win a Stanley Cup. (I do feel Ovi's too young to give up on for getting the Cup and most of the players listed were older guys.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Dino never got to drink from the Stanley cup...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 7, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

bob rouse did though...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 7, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

@cotelloer: it ain't the stick, it's the guy who waves it. (it's not the wand, it's the magician, etc.)

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 7, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@cotelloer

Join the club (on Semin).

It was probably a good thing for me that Cox Cable TV was out on Wednesday and I couldn't see the game for it was a nightmare for any fan who likes Semin. (Watching that game would have been like watching the video highlights of your kid getting in trouble at school -- extremely painful to watch and embarrassing.)

Most of the Caps fan base (and many bloggers) had pretty much abandoned him and were ready to even put Nyls in his place.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 7, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

ummm, that is ridiculous
i mean, with alzner and carlson in there prime in 2-3 years, as well as varley or neuvirth and whoever else, not to mention ov, backs and possibly semin all hanging out, we should be a shoe-in to go all the way...especially if we keep makin the playoffs over the next couple of the years...i mean, who are we, the blues? we are not the blues? also, in 4-5 years, when this economy turns, and the salary cap goes up, ov's contract is going to be like nothing (well...not nothing, but very workable)

Posted by: cotelloer | November 7, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

i watched the game wednesday...and wow, this game got me very excited (angry) to watch...like, those were the worst home-town refs ive seen this year since the first flyers game...

penalties on semin
1)knocked the stick out of colin white's hand...emphasis on HAND, white had one hand on the stick and was turning the other way...like, a butterfly's wings could knock the stick out of his hand...and i know the call is whenever you hit the stick out of his hand blah blah blah, but that was a non-call

2) this was probably legit

3) this was what got me pretty pissed, cause he was basically just skating along their blue line waiting for the guy with the puck to either dump and skate it in, and the guy just skated into him...absolutely incidental...AND that late in the 3rd was entirely horse ptooey that they called it

further, the bmo penalty was sort of legit, but again, would never be nromally called that late in the 3rd...and this is the part that bothers me the most, you're telling me the devils werent doing the same thing if not worse! but no, we get one pp, and they get 5

horse crap...

Posted by: cotelloer | November 7, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

my bad on Dino, see that he left the redwings a year too early...

I think he still should be in the HHOF though

Posted by: joek443 | November 7, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

@joek

HHOF is going to be very interesting for oates, bonzai and probably dino, again, once this current crop of all the old-guard superstars from prior to the lockout get in...

Posted by: cotelloer | November 7, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't quite get what the HHOF voters look for... on one hand their standards seem to be too low when they vote in a guys like Cam Neely who only played in 726 games (395 goals) even if he was a dominating player with a short career.

Dino scored 608 goals but somehow his longevity seems to work against him. to me if you score over 600 goals in the NHL, you're an automatic HOFer.

Posted by: joek443 | November 7, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Ny means new in Swedish, so maybe he's going to a new land altogether.

Posted by: Bartolo1 | November 7, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan75

I couldn't agree more with your analysis of previous hints that Nyls wouldn't be suiting up as a Cap anymore. It's just that he's been so patient/immovable (no pun intended) up to now that it made me wonder what the last straw was. BTW, good luck to him wherever he ends up.

I also agree with you about Semin. No, I don't like the avoidable penalties he's taken, but I think he's far too valuable to part with.

Looking forward to puck drop tonight. LET'S GO, CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 7, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Puckman- I would think the best case scenario would be for the Caps to be free of 100% of his salary and cap hit. Second-best scenario -- for the fans and the team, not for Ted -- would be to just have his cap hit entirely off the books, which is what will happen if the Caps send him to Hershey or the KHL after he clears.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 7, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@ cotelloer

I think Oates beling in there, not sure about Bonzai... don't think his career was long enough but then again that's that what the voters always seem to look at so he might get in...

I didn't think Lindros' career was long enough for him be in next year but after finding out Neely was in, I think Lindros should be in as well... both of them were dominant players with a short career but Lindros put up better numbers and had a longer career... and neither won the Cup

Posted by: joek443 | November 7, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Green & Schultz are both out for tonight:[

Posted by: vtcaps08 | November 7, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

No team is a shoe-in to win the cup, particularly in the salary cap era where there is much more parity.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 7, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

hey, and this is a holdover from the last thread...

does semin skating in street-clothes today have any bearing on his status for tonight's game, or is that just a stray observation about the low level of importance the morning skate (on back-to-back home-and-home series) has?

ive been scouring the ol' interweb and there is nothing about any team looking to claim him other than a LIVELY discussion on some toronto leafs board...but also i heard that the oilers were looking to pick up jagr possibly from the KHL, and i know they were sort of interested in him a few years ago...but they dont seem to be on anyone's list of teams with any amount of salary cap...

i dont know, IDONTKNOW, the whole thing is just so exciting, i mean, i just want this situation dealt with and for us to somehow end up with a defenseman

Posted by: cotelloer | November 7, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@ vtcaps

really?
schultz and green...
where are you getting this...
so, defense tonight
morrison-pothier
juice-poti
erskine-sloan

uggh...does anyone remember if florida has any fast forwards who can actually finish...cause if so, that at least one guy skating around the "pile-on-that-erskine"

Posted by: cotelloer | November 7, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

@cotelloer

check out tarik's twitter
http://twitter.com/tarikelbashir

Posted by: vtcaps08 | November 7, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

oh, and check out the new updake on the caps insider

Posted by: vtcaps08 | November 7, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Nylander put on waivers can only mean one thing. The Caps are about to sign Peter Forsberg, who claims a decision will be made about his future after this weekend, when he is in Finland playing Karjala Cup with the swedish nationalteam.
I would LOVE to see that happen!

Posted by: Walle | November 7, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Nylander put on waivers can only mean one thing. The Caps are about to sign Peter Forsberg, who claims a decision will be made about his future after this weekend, when he is in Finland playing Karjala Cup with the swedish nationalteam.
I would LOVE to see that happen!

Posted by: Walle | November 7, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey, and @ThePat, and @CapsFan75. I think.

As some of you know, I'm an Islander/Capitals fan. Odd, I know.
I can't no comment with the Islanders being mentioned.

No one ever says Nylander is a bad guy. He's always been a good teammate as far as any of us know. I applaud the class that Nylander has shown throughout this, however there is not a place for him on the Islanders unless they are moving Doug Weight. Tavares, Weight, and Bailey would be ahead of him and Nylander is not a 4th line player. So, though the have the cap space, he isn't a fit on my Island.

Posted by: lornemyoung | November 7, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

if circles is claimed let's have a victory parade

Posted by: gocaps01 | November 7, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse


I am glad this situation is getting closer to resolution. Not Nyls fault the coach and system changed. He can still play and has shown nothing but class.

Posted by: LukasWP

I like many fans are not pleased with the entire situation but this could be a lot worse publically than it has been. I'm sympathetic for him, I would hate - hate to be in that position but he's shown he is a professional athlete, not some TO-loud-mouthed-trash.

I look forward to the situation being resolved, and wish nylander luck, but lets make some room for Backstrom's new contract!

Posted by: breaklance | November 8, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

whos the dummy that said bonzai ended his career in nashvile. it was the blackhawks. and if any of u voted bonzei as all time leader in assit on last night game on the caps poll. then u are a horrible caps fan. MOST OF U dont know squat bout caps history, or hockey for that matter. Bonzei was all time leader in goals. 472. I hope nyles all the best. i hope someone in the west claim him like colorado or dallas.

Posted by: samrosen8 | November 8, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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