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Nylander Speaks

Here is a partial transcript of Nylander's teleconference with local media this afternoon. I am still typing up the Ovechkin teleconference. That will be a few more minutes.

Make sure to read the whole thing. He makes a pretty funny joke about Backstrom at he bottom.

Why did you choose Washington?: "It was because our family has been in Washington in the past and we know the city. It would have been unfamiliar territory for my wife to go to another city. And I had a great relationship with the Washington Capitals in the past. I know George and he's always been fair and square to me. That's the main reason."

What about playing with Ovechkin?: "Of course, Ovechkin is a high profile player in the league. He kicked in right away since he came in. It's going to be a great opportunity to play with him."

What about the rest of the team?: There's a higher potential in those players. It's looking very good for the future."

What about your age?: "I would like to play beyond this contract. Maybe for a couple more years. I feel strongly about myself, conditioning and physically. I try to work out and manage my program to get better and stronger every year. I feel great about my body."

Thoughts on line combinations?: "It would be fun to play with Ovechkin because he's a goal scorer and I'm a passer. But that's up to the coaches to figure that out and find chemistry for the team."

How about Backstrom?: "I play with him in the World Championships a couple of years ago. He's a great talent. He has great vision, great hands and is a really good passer. He should fit in really well."

Will you be like a big brother to him?: "I will be his big brother, okay. But he will have to baby sit my [six] children so I can go to dinner with my wife. That sounds really good."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 3, 2007; 2:06 PM ET
 
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