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Nylander Update

Michael Nylander has arrived, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. But how long the veteran will remain in Washington is unclear. Boudreau acknowledged that Nylander and the Caps are actively seeking a deal to send the 36-year-old center to Europe.

"I hope it doesn't become a distraction," Boudreau said.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 12, 2009; 10:32 AM ET
 
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It is too bad that things did not work for Nylander his second go in DC. When the Capitals signed him, I thought he would be a great pivot for the team, but he just could not make his style of play work with this team. Out of all the deals McPhee has made to build this team, this one was easily the worst, but with all the good, I think he can be forgiven for one bonehead signing. Around the NHL, he is hardly alone in that category.

Posted by: bill_in_damascus | September 12, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Received my season tickets. Our #1 goalie, JT60, wasn't pictured on a single ticket. Varly was pictured 4 times.

Here's the breakdown
Ovechkin - 6
Backstrom - 4
Green - 4
Semin - 2
Varly - 4
Pothier - 2
Erskine - 2
Poti - 2
Clark - 3
Steckel - 2
Bradley - 2
Laich - 3
Fleischmann - 1

Notables missing who were (are) on the trading block (or unsigned at the time of the tickets being printed)in the summer and possibly now - Theodore, Nylander, ShaMo, Jurchina, Schultz, Gordon, Fehr & Alzner.

Knuble and BMo are newbies and aren't included.

Posted by: puckman | September 12, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

It's only a distraction if the media make sit one. Leave it alone.

Posted by: CapsRockTheRed | September 12, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know: Does the NMC apply to European transfers? You would think it would

Posted by: oldtimehockey | September 12, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure Mike does not want to go to Europe and play in an inferior league. I can't imagine he'll take less money to play there.

Also, anyone know what the transfer arrangements of player's salary is from the NHL to an IIHF Europe Federation?

I don't think this will pan out. I bet GMGM is really mulling whether to buy Nyls out or face scratching him most of the games.

Tarik, what is "really" the issue(s) regarding Nyls & BB?

Posted by: puckman | September 12, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I really hope Nylander can come in and show he can be a number two center, although i don't think that can happen

Posted by: arcassells | September 12, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Notables missing who were (are) on the trading block (or unsigned at the time of the tickets being printed)in the summer and possibly now - Theodore, Nylander, ShaMo, Jurchina, Schultz, Gordon, Fehr & Alzner.

Knuble and BMo are newbies and aren't included.

Posted by: puckman | September 12, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse


Sounds like this was printed prior to July 1. Other than Theodore these were all the Caps RFAs this season.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 12, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know: Does the NMC apply to European transfers? You would think it would

Posted by: oldtimehockey | September 12, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it does. Just like any transfer, if the player agrees to waive the NMC they can be moved and it looks like Nylander wants to go.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 12, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Back in June, Japers' posted a complete explanation of the process Nylander would go through if he were "loaned" to Russia:

http://www.japersrink.com/2009/6/15/906639/a-potential-nylander-move-to-the

And, there is precedent since the Rangers did something similar with Darius Kasparaitis a few years back:

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/2007/10/kasparaitis-headed-back-to-rus.html

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 12, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

But if Nylander is from Sweden - and they assign him to a Swedish team - and he plays instead of sitting the bench - and he still makes his Caps $$$$$$$$$$$ - even if you have to convert Ted's $$$$$$$$$ to Swedish Krona - I bet he takes the deal.....

Posted by: CF11555 | September 12, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Nyls gets paid his caps salary no matter what, the benefit to us is that it doesn't count under the salary cap should we move him to europe. BON VOYAGE, CIRCLES!

Posted by: capsfansteve | September 12, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Just to confirm, Nyls playing in Europe is really no different then us assigning him to Hershey right? We negotiate with the Euro team on who pays how much of his salary but it does not count against our cap. Is that right?

Posted by: pkendrick | September 12, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I think the only way to get him off the cap is to trade him to another NHL team or have him retire. Yes, if he retires, he is off the cap. Part of a transfer agreement to an overseas team and a waiver of the NMC could include a retirement from the NHL. I didn't read above on the Kasparaitis thing, but I think this is how it worked.

Posted by: tominfl1 | September 12, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice to see BB and Myls clear the air. If Nyls could change his style of play to fit in with BB's more aggressive approach, he could still have valuable skills to contribute to the team. At this point, it probably won't happen, but I would hate to see the team waste the money on a guy who won't play here.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | September 12, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"I think the only way to get him off the cap is to trade him to another NHL team or have him retire. Yes, if he retires, he is off the cap. Part of a transfer agreement to an overseas team and a waiver of the NMC could include a retirement from the NHL."

Loaned players don't count against the cap. For example a player assigned to the AHL or ECHL is considered 'on loan' under the CBA.

Posted by: capsbluelinedotcom | September 12, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sure Mike does not want to go to Europe and play in an inferior league. I can't imagine he'll take less money to play there.

Also, anyone know what the transfer arrangements of player's salary is from the NHL to an IIHF Europe Federation?

I don't think this will pan out. I bet GMGM is really mulling whether to buy Nyls out or face scratching him most of the games."

Nylander would still be getting his NHL salary because he'd still be under NHL contract, he'd just be on loan (analogous to European soccer)

Nylander can't be bought out now. Buyout periods only exist in the weeks before free agency and just after the arbitration period.

Posted by: capsbluelinedotcom | September 12, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

This is really good news. It sounds like both sides are trying to work this out. It would be good to know exactly what the salary cap rules are that would apply, but GMGM wouldn't work a deal that provides no relief to the team. No blame on either side here IMO - the team just went in a different direction after they acquired Nylander. His movement could allow the team flexibility in moving up Alzner and Carlson and might even help in a later acquisition of the big, physical, defenseman.

Posted by: zmega | September 12, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Another great signing by McPhee, a huge contract for a retread player, that makes it extra special.

Posted by: LarryDavid | September 12, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Metalcapsfan--thanks for the links. Very informative. Happy to know that the transfer could be worked and that Nyls' salary hit would come off the books for the Capitals even though still out of Ted's pocket--or part of it anyway depending on the deal. For everyones sake, including Nyls', I hope this works out. Can't wait for this week at Kettler!

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | September 12, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

BON VOYAGE, CIRCLES!

Posted by: capsfansteve | September 12, 2009 12:54 PM

I'm not as anti-Nylander as some, but giving him the nickname is flat out funny.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | September 12, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh and BTW thanks LarryDavid for your positive outlook on life. You are so refreshing. I particularly appreciate how you don't dwell in the past. As we say in our house, today is a new day. No need to revisit yesterday. Learn and move on.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | September 12, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the tip newbie, enjoy living fantasy land.

Posted by: LarryDavid | September 12, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome LarryDavid. You are the first to suggest that forward thinking is fantasy land. Curb your enthusiasm dude!

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | September 12, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

larrydavid,
your comments would mean more if they were dated 2007. he was coming off two 20+ goal, 50+ assist seasons in NYC, and helped jagr win an MVP award after he flopped here in dc. but i'm sure you had you reservations at the time.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | September 12, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

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