Update on Nylander and Other Items of Interest
Before I went to watch Alex Ovechkin play poker this afternoon (more on that later) I caught up with GM George McPhee and asked him about Michael Nylander's status with the Caps for next season.
McPhee stopped short of dismissing recent reports that the veteran center is attempting to negotiate a deal to join a KHL team, but he did say that he believes it's unlikely Nylander will end up in Russia next season.
"If he wants to go he can, if it's a mutual arrangement," McPhee said of Nylander, who fell out of favor with Coach Bruce Boudreau last season and hardly played in the postseason. "There's nothing to stop a player if he's agreeable and the club is agreeable. What's going to stop him? If he agrees and they agree, we assign him" to the KHL.
Nylander has two years and $8.5 million remaining on his contract with the Caps.
Asked if he expects Nylander to play in Russia, McPhee said: "Probably not."
I also asked McPhee about a few other issues facing the Caps, namely the status of pending UFAs Sergei Fedorov, Donald Brashear and the assistant coaching vacancy. Here's what he told me:
McPhee declined to discuss in depth the contract negotiations of Fedorov and Brashear, saying he will know more as July 1 draws closer. Both Fedorov and his agent Pat Brisson are in Las Vegas, but McPhee said he does not have any scheduled talks with them.
"Sounds like he's been leaning toward Russia for a month," McPhee quipped when asked whether he expects Fedorov to sign with a KHL team. "We'll see."
McPhee also said that he has not started the interview process for the assistant coaching position that was vacated when the team parted ways with Jay Leach. That, McPhee said, will become a focus of his after the draft later this month.
Check the blog later for a short story I wrote for tomorrow's paper about Ovechkin's experience during an NHL-sponsored Texas hold 'em tournament for charity. Ovechkin held his own against Eddie Olczyk, Jeremy Roenick, Mats Sundin and pro poker player Dennis Phillips. The Caps winger even won a few hands before bowing out after going all-in on three consecutive hands. Looked to me like Ovechkin simply was too tired to keep playing after an 18-hour flight from Moscow, a jam-packed schedule the past 48 hours here in Vegas and very little sleep.
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