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On Nylander Playing Twice

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the reason why Michael Nylander is the only one to play in both of these first two preseason games is to help him get his timing back after missing a significant chunk of last year because of a torn rotator cuff.

"He missed a lot of games last year and [it's] just for his timing. We thought that was important," Boudreau said. "We would have had Chris Clark playing in both games too, but you never know when you're flying somewhere the day of a game whether a flight is delayed and we wanted to make sure that he got the proper stretching in. The best way to ensure that is not have him in the lineup yesterday but play him today."

Boudreau added that the team is just being "overly cautious" because of the length of time Clark missed with the groin injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  September 25, 2008; 5:24 PM ET
 
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Plus, If Nyls shoulder hurts, that is much easier for the team to rub than if Clarks groin gets stiff....

Posted by: Leeguru | September 25, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

sorry, bored at work. not appropriate. i'm bad

Posted by: Leeguru | September 25, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

That's nice.

Posted by: Chief | September 25, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Nylander wanted to come back to DC, signed a reasonable contract, played well until he was hurt (even then he played hurt), is now healthy and ready to play. So why would we trade him when we don't need to? We can keep him until the trade deadline and if we need to get rid of him trade him then, but it seems that Nylander would be a pretty basic part of this team this year. I see him getting a lot of minutes on the power play and being important to the depth of the Caps. Why this obsession to trade him? Why get rid of Nylander?

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru

Funny though, very funny!

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Why get rid of him?

The cap, plain and simple.

Posted by: C-Way | September 25, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

We are not over the cap. Why get rid of him if we have room for him under the cap? Do we need to free up cap space to hire 2 grinders? Can we get someone as good cheaper? Where??? So this is just about the cap right? You think we are over and need to get rid on someone? Do you think Tarik would be ignoring the issue if it was an issue?

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

We are not over the cap. Why get rid of him if we have room for him under the cap? Do we need to free up cap space to hire 2 grinders? Can we get someone as good cheaper? Where??? So this is just about the cap right? You think we are over and need to get rid on someone? Do you think Tarik would be ignoring the issue if it was an issue?

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, great job following up on that little mystery. Not that we believe them or anything :)

Posted by: Vlad | September 25, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

We are not over the cap. Why get rid of him if we have room for him under the cap? Do we need to free up cap space to hire 2 grinders? Can we get someone as good cheaper? Where??? So this is just about the cap right? You think we are over and need to get rid on someone? Do you think Tarik would be ignoring the issue if it was an issue?

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

ummm im pretty sure we're still over the cap bob

Posted by: sdflkjadf | September 25, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

First, sorry that posted three times, don't quite understand how or why

Next, I asked that exact question and was told that we are fine as long as Alzner plays and Pothier stays injured. I was told by the very best Caps source that the NHL computer has us OK with the cap. I have no reason to doubt him and again think if there was a burning issue Tarik would be writing about it.

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Just so I'm clear -- Bob thinks we should trade Nylander?

Oneal
(kidding)

Posted by: Oneal | September 25, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not an advocate of trading Nylander.

That being said, if through some voodoo magic McPhee has us under the Cap (or of course if the NHL salary websites have incorrect figures) we are probably JUST barely under the cap.

Now come trading deadline, if we have no room to manuever, we can't add that rental player or two, soon to be UFA D-man etc that we might like to add to compensate for an injury.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 25, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Anybody with a mac having video trouble?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

isn't there supposed to be a live video link on the caps website?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 25, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking for it- to no avail.

Posted by: Fro | September 25, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

found it. on the caps website, under multimedia, click Caps 365

then click the game link on the right. It WAS working for me, had to re start the computer and now it won't load :-(

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 25, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 25, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Is anybody having sound issues? Is there a fix for it?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | September 25, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Bob--
We might be under the cap, if Polthier sits and Alzner stays in Hershey through mid year, with zero cap room. That's alot to pay to have Nyls on the 3rd line.

Posted by: C-way | September 25, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Caps score!!! There's another reason he's in the line-up.

Posted by: DC FURY | September 25, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

We seem to be taking a lot of stupid penalties. Is that just me?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | September 25, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I was told that with Pothier sitting and Alzner IN DC, we are under the cap

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero- thanks for the link.

JMU- I'm definitely having sound issues. Quite annoying really, buy I'm suffering through it.

Posted by: Fro | September 25, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin with the penalty shot.. that kicked ass..

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | September 25, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

is anyone having a detereorating broadcast? it started out so good but now its unwatchable (just in time for OVs penalty shot). i dont think the refs have called enough penalties this game they must be getting bored

Posted by: mike d | September 25, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the vid and sound is all choppy. Like last night.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 25, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

i just got access to the video and, well, is it me or did these guys all get smaller in the offseason? i mean, really small. maybe its my monitor settings.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

hey, at least you can see them clearly enough to guess their heights. Took me a minute to get a stream and sound is gone, but i guess it's better than nothing. what was the deal with the penalty shot? nhl real-time ticker didn't register the point until the end of the period.

Posted by: spiff | September 25, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Totally out now... Grrrrr!!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | September 25, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Now I got nothin. No sound, no video. arrgh!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

now I got nothin. No sound, no video. arrgh.

Posted by: a | September 25, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ovie!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | September 25, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

It's back on!

Posted by: romicva | September 25, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

ah semin being semin

Posted by: mike d | September 25, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that would have been an impressive move by Semin. Too bad the video is still dragging.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | September 25, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Caps Win

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Move Kozlov if you want cap-room.

Posted by: Mike | September 25, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

i agree with bob.

Posted by: brandnizzle | September 25, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Did Nylander play twice because Backstrom didn't play at all? How is his ankle coming along?

Posted by: ephperson | September 25, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

No highlights, eh?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 26, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

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