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Video: Bourque Put on Waivers

Right after Tarik interviewed Chris Bourque about the excitement of making an NHL opening-night roster, Coach Bruce Boudreau took him aside and told him he'd been waived. Talk about experiencing the ultimate highs and lows in a 24-hour span. Here's a short video recap:

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 29, 2009; 6:44 PM ET
 
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the business side of sports is brutal.

Posted by: chaucer01 | September 29, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

and lastly, to put this silly Nyles thing to rest - you play him with checking wingers who don't play well along the halfwall like more skilled wingers and you're asking for trouble. Nylander needs FINISHERS, not grinders, as his wingers.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Now I dislike Nylander. Big respect for being the professional, working hard and not complaining. But now he went and F'ed with the team. Bourque should be part of this team and his career is a victim of this guys unwillingness to play ball and get out of the organization. We don't like you. You don't like us. Now just go away.

Posted by: bseastwood | September 29, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

like any of you would turn down $4.5 mil.. what planet are you from??

Posted by: joek443 | September 29, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

LEAVE NYLANDER

Posted by: large23220 | September 29, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

wathching that interview is heartbreaking, clearly excited and tarik's explaination after the interview finished of him seeing bruce talking to chris notifying of him he;s on waivers, its just sad.

poor bourque

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

ugh.. terrible

Posted by: Semvechkin | September 29, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Hock11: It seems that you think having thugs on the 3rd and 4th line is the only way to go---

Wow, nice analysis. So according to you Hock11, we have the following 'thugs' in the lineup

Laing, Steckel, Bradley, Gordon, Clark, etc.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

In the last thread, I'm not sure if mentioning Seabrook being picked up by Calgary is to make the Caps look foolish for letting him go...but...he's not on their roster as of today.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Bourque is a better kid than I was. If I would have experience what he did the next big story would have been about me throwing a tantrum in the locker room and breakin' stuff. I certainly hope this works out for him.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

You can't blame Nylander for all of this. It's been mishandled by GMGM and BB for a year.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | September 29, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Washington Capitals depth chart at center:

Backstrom
Morrison
Steckel
Gordon
Aucoin
Nylander (NMC)

Laich could be inserted above Nylander (NMC) as well.

Posted by: IceNutz | September 29, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

wait just some clarification from all the updates today. is it true in assuming thaat if bourque clears wivers he will be sent back down to hershey?? im a little confused then what will happen with dehr and flahs when they're healthy. they make more then bourque does and if bourque has to be sent down to clear room for nyls then that means fehr or flash won't fit under the cap either...right? this doesnt make sense at all

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

wow there were all sorts of grammatical errors in my last post. let me fix that

wait just some clarification from all the updates today. is it true in assuming thaat if bourque clears waivers he will be sent back down to hershey?? im a little confused then what will happen with fehr and flash when they're healthy. they make more then bourque does and if bourque has to be sent down to clear room for nyls then that means fehr or flash won't fit under the cap either...right? this doesnt make sense at all

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

That is Caps depth according to BB, which in reality is all that matters. If Nyls isn't in BBs doghouse he's actually #2, and BMo wouldn't have been acquired this summer. Not slighting BMo because he looked good on Sunday IMO.

387: Flash and Fehr won't be starting the season on the Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) so their salaries are exposed even though they won't be playing.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article about the Nylander situation. Sorry if it's a repost...

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Steven-Hindle/On-Nylander-If-you-cant-trade-him-why-not-play-him/98/23291

Posted by: capsfan5 | September 29, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

This is my 1st computer access since getting to Grand Canyon last week. First, I was completely wrong thinking Aucoin would stay or would at least be claimed. How can some team not use a guy at $500K?

Also, I thought Bourque could be sent down w/o waivers. Wrong there too.

3rd, my cap chart is at my work computer, but the team as listed above if I recall is like $1M or more above cap. If Nylander stays, for sure Morrisonn or Jurcina must go off. I think to keep ShaMo you are over any way you cut it.

Got one right - Knuble got the A.

One last night in AZ - then back to FL.

Posted by: tominfl1 | September 29, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Tominfl1--Yea! You're back. This poster missed your calm voice and gentle levity. Also cap info--I trust your analysis.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 29, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread... for those who were discussing the As earlier Poti, Knuble and Ovie all had an A on their sweater during the photo shoot. Best guess is Poti & Knuble share the last one depending on the game.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Reading comments on the last few posts, I don't understand how some of you can be okay with losing a player like Chris Bourque, he may not be the best player in the world but he goes out of his way to do the little things that count. He was an integral part of getting Hershey the Calder cup this season. His energy level and effort is always there, something that can't be said for some of our regulars. He's definitely getting the short end of the stick here. Hope this situation works out in his favor.

Posted by: jogabonito | September 29, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

btw, watching that video is kind of sad, you can see how happy he is that he is finally being given a chance

Posted by: jogabonito | September 29, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The Hockey Buzz post about Nylander is great! Thanks capsfan5. Everyone should read it. However, I do feel sorry for Borque, what a let down. He doesn't deserve this either...

Posted by: kcbrichmond | September 29, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/preview2009/columns/story?columnist=buccigross_john&id=4513809

Does this mean Ovechkin should change? No. He is a joy. And you can see the genuine joy he feels when his teammates do well. He is always the first one there to celebrate. In this case, the Caps' front office should start to identify the kinds of players who can do the dirty things to help them win, and the current players should step up, be personalities on and off the ice to fill in the gaps and give it a balance.

They are the NHL's ultimate rock show. Wild and crazy. It's a great show that may be in need of a few front-office finishing touches for a championship that would result in the craziest Stanley Cup party of all time. How will this song end?

Posted by: joek443 | September 29, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

@ joek443
He'll get that money in DC or Europe. The guy is like a herpie. Just won't go away.

Posted by: bseastwood | September 29, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

@kcbrichmond

How the heck do you figure that? No one wants the guy. The only people that do he wont go to as he gets the final say IE his no trade clause.

Seriously, its ridiculous to think he has no fault in this.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | September 29, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Bummer, major....

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | September 29, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Re: a previous post about possibly buying out Nylander...

The Caps would have to wait til next summer to buy Nylander out as the window for this season has passed (early August was the dealine). Steve Hindle/Hockeybuzz posted a couple of blogs back in August on that very subject with a full explanation of how the process works and the cap hit the Caps would incur if they decided to go the buyout route. Those informative blogs are available here:

The Buyout, as per the CBA

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=22326

and, Washingtonā€™s Chance To Buy-Out Nylander

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=22337

And, regarding the ill words for Hockeybuzz expressed in an earlier thread, yeah, we all know that Eklund has a very creative mind and can be a spectacular fiction writer. But, many of the bloggers on that site have some great info, and also write for recognized publications or do hockey radio shows. So, take Ek as you will, but there's some good stuff over there. Anyway, for pure entertainment value, the comments to Ek's rumor blogs are priceless. The posters have lively discussions and fire good natured pot shots at each other (and Ek) while managing, for the most part, to keep things from falling into mean spiritedness (which is surprising since many over there are heated rivals). I laugh out loud at stuff posted over there more often that any other hockey site. So, c'mon over to the dark side and check it out, if ya please.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 29, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

This just breaks my heart. This kid has worked long and hard for his break, thinks he gets and and the rug is pulled out from under him. I truly believe he could be a good fit here. He's tough and gritty (my kind of player) and does all the little things that are necessary. It's really sad that his little salary (in the world of pro sports) is the make or break of our salary cap. I can think of a few other players I'd rather see go first and they make alot more that Chris does.

Posted by: befishing | September 29, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

@ joek443
He'll get that money in DC or Europe. The guy is like a herpie. Just won't go away.

Posted by: bseastwood | September 29, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse


well does anyone know of any specific offer for Nyls that he has turned down?? not a rumor but any offer reported by a reputable source??

if not then why should he go away? would any of you walk away from a job that paid lets say 100K/year even if you were told to just sit and do nothing all day???

Posted by: joek443 | September 29, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

As much as I luv the caps management, this Nylander thing is their fault.
U sign a guy & don't play him, disrespect him, & then expect for him to give up the things you gave him in negotiations?!

ha loyalty is a Boatch.

Posted by: Rocc00 | September 29, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

wow....lots of drama in teddyville....the guy is a 4th liner, maybe 3rd at best. Nylander is weak but they signed him to almost 5 strong per year and everyone wants to blame him rather than the braintrust? Starting to sound like a portis situation or something with all the hand wringing. You need to FOCUS! Look at the Pens and their culture; Stars act like professionals, not like nouveau riche baffoons like the Nose (aka #8). You'll never win anything until you understand what it takes. GOPENS

Posted by: sean1smith | September 29, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

YEAH...I POSTED THAT STUFF ON NYLS ON THE LAST THREAD.I GUESS ITS ALWAYS A SORE SUBJECT.THOUGH I TOTALLY AGREE WITH...You can't blame Nylander for all of this. It's been mishandled by GMGM and BB for a year.

Posted by: kcbrichmond
YOU CANT BLAME NYL'S.ITS NOT HIS FAULT.ITS GMGM AND TED THAT ARE RUNNIN THIS SHOW.AND I CANT BELIEVE TED HAS LET IT GET THIS FAR.BUT ANYWAY...GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | September 29, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

i've gotta side with nyls in this situation. i would think when he asked for a NMC - that he either foresaw this possibility or may have experienced it with another club. if the caps thought this was a good contract when it was signed then they alone should shoulder the blame for its current state. i believe it is GMGM that is pulling the strings on this and trying to force nlys hand. nlys is honoring his contract and if the caps choose to not put him on the ice - they'll have to take the cap hit *and like it*

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | September 29, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Its not just the Nyls thing. Can anyone objectively believe that management was right last year in not going after a strong defensive presence at the trade deadline? If it wasn't for Varlamov the Caps were dead in the water in round 1. The Rangers were a pitiful team with Avery being their best player in the series and they nearly put the Caps out.

Posted by: sean1smith | September 29, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

no, defense has been simply a "lip svc" thing around the caps for years. And frankly, its not that important to Boudreau either. Thats why he lets Mike Green's defensive game slide all the way down the ladder and then suddenly when Green's not puttin up points everyone notices his downward spiral. not to mention Semin on the PK..ugh

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Two things have been mishandled:

1. Nylander, as many have said including myself, if you can't move Nylander, play him. There is no excuse why he was not given any time to play in preseason. He's better at playing 3rd line center than anyone else on the team. Heck, he might be better than BMo. Realistically, BMo was given the 2nd center without competing against Nylander. Everyone was given a chance to compete in preseason "except" for Michael.

2. Bourque, Mishandled by McPhee. How can you tell this guy one day he's made the opening day roster and then the next to tell him he's been placed on waivers. Nothing like planning ahead. He should have told him yesterday that he made the roster and would be put on waivers the follow day in preparation of activating Fehr in the coming weeks.

You trolls that blame Nyls for this mess are in lala land and need to educate yourselves with the business world. It was GMGM that agreed to put the NMC in Nyls contract. A deal ia a deal. Sometimes I believe that George's head is harder than a diamond. End of story!

Posted by: puckman | September 29, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

nyls should have been bought out in the summer now he will hurt chemistry until this travesty is completed...more poor work by gmgm

Posted by: wendel2 | September 29, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

@puckman - The deal GMGM and Nylander carved was great - two years ago when it was carved.

Nylander knows he doesn't fit. He has to know it. I commend him for holding up his part of the bargain, and if Bourque weren't involved, I would be OK with him riding the pine and collecting salary.

The addition of Bourque to the equation complicates matters.

Also, we don't know what fell through with the Nylander deal. Was it the deal? Or did Nylander stick out his tongue, curl his lip, and say he wasn't gonna go there, "No movement clause, nyah-nyah!" He's frankly been dangling that NMC all summer, and it's getting bad.

If he wanted to play on the Caps, he'd learn the Caps' system. Plain and simple. His boss is no longer Glen Hanlon; it's Bruce Boudreau, and Boudreau's system is different. A move that seemed great two years ago now isn't so great.

And anybody who expected GMGM to predict the future when he made that deal and see it turning out this way has to be smoking something illegal.

We have two choices: make lemonade, or let the lemons rot in the crisper drawer of the 'fridge.

Personally, I don't much like rotten lemons.

Posted by: irockthered | September 29, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

nyls should have been bought out in the summer now he will hurt chemistry until this travesty is completed...more poor work by gmgm

Posted by: wendel2 | September 29, 2009 10:14 PM |

Oof..That would have been perhaps one of the stupidest moves ever.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@wendel2 - That would have been a nice short term solution but our cap hit next year would have been HUGE and we need that for Nicky and Sasha.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I would have been OK with putting Bourque on waivers to make sure they could keep him on the roster and NOT have to waive him when Fehr and Fleischmann came back.

I'm not OK with putting him on waivers to make room for Michael Nylander and his NMC.

But... a deal is a deal, and we're stuck with it now. I'll keep wishing that things work out well for all involved. But I feel awful for Bourque.

Posted by: irockthered | September 29, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Ok irockthered has been spot on today and that last post summed everything up perfectly. Hope we find out eventually what happened, or didn't happen, with Nyls today.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

It's been reported in the WAPO, WashTimes and other media outlets that Nylander has been one of the hardest workers in practice during the preseason. He arrived in shape. No where has it been reported that Michael said he refuses to play Bruce's system this preseason.

When you sign a deal that includes a 3 year no movement clause - you better have confidence that it won't become a issue. Obviously, George made a mistake in his judgment.

As for Nyls, he's acted as a true professional. In return, he should be treated like one.

It is McPhee sticking his tongue out and curling his lip by refusing to play him. Where has he been since the start of training camp addressing this issue and now Bourque's? The answer is no where in public. Again it's his choice to remain silent but his silence speaks words for me. It is full of negative energy and mismanagement of the situation at hand.

Posted by: puckman | September 29, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@puckman

GMGM has been talking to reporters about Nylander. In fact, he was on XM radio earlier today talking about it.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

irockthered:
the NMC may have been the deciding factor in nlys choosing the caps over edm. i don't get the feeling that nyls is going "nyah nyah" when he exercises it.

the whole point behind the NMC is so that he (and his family) doesn't end up playing for a team he really isn't interested in going to. i'm not a GMGM basher - but i would have to say that nlys was more interested in looking out for his future than GMGM was in trying to put in place a deal that looked out for the future of the caps. the last year of the deal does not have the NMC - so nyls can be moved anywhere/anyway the caps see fit. in the mean time nlys has every right (and a duty to his family) to approve/deny any move that GMGM wants to make. i would venture to guess that any of us would have to think long and hard before we agreed to be sent somewhere else to ply our trade without having any say in the matter. i do believe that it is in the long term interest of the caps to not buy out the contract - but eat nlys salary (and cap hit) until they decide what to do with him after this season. it is very rare that a pro athlete has this much control over their own fate - and it gives the appearance he is being very selfish. i know if i worked under a contract i would expect the other party to pay me no matter how they choose to use my services. on the other hand i detest players that 'hold out' while under contract - they have as much a responsibility as the team to honor the contract.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | September 29, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I hope for the sake of everyone, we resolve the Nylander situation once and for all. It doesn't seem like it will do anyone much good with Nylander sitting out all season as a healthy scratch.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 29, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

McPhee was on XM today addressing the Nylander situation, among other things. He mentioned the deal in fall 2008 which would have sent Nylander to the Blackhawks and that Nylander was disappointed when Chicago backed out of the deal due to salary cap issues (too much loot committed to Khabibulin/Huet). McPhee then said that the Caps/Nylander were exploring options in Europe, and that if all those avenues were exhausted, then Nylander would remain a member of the Capitals.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 29, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I missed it r-phil. What did he say?

Posted by: puckman | September 29, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

MetalCapsFan covered it above.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

MetalCapsFan:
its too bad that remaining 'a member of the capitals' and utilizing what skills he does have are not necessarily the same thing. even if nlys can only product the same as a 1M a year player - its still better than having him produce nothing at all.
its only my opinion, as i'm not GMGM's hairdresser, but i think GMGM is trying to punish nlys for nixing potential deals that we are not privy to

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | September 29, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

PR Nightmare

Hardworking kid has a good camp, makes his first opening nite roster...feelgood high-profile story, popular with the media given the diminuative player and the family history...

Is supposed to play in the opener at the arena where his dad is a legend, is thrilled in the media...just to have the rug pulled...

Nylander aside, this is a PR nightmare for the caps because it looks like a classless and heartless move. Been a caps fan thru and thru since the 80s but this is really disappointing.

Many have noted here that this situation was preventable from management. Agree. But given the situation they got themselves into, I'd think there would have been a classier way out of the situation, if even a temporary solution. What harm would it have been to let the guy play the opener in Boston, in front of his family?

If I were the Bourque family I'd be pissed, disgusted, and embarrassed... and would want to play somewhere else.

Posted by: justbrewit | September 29, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Nyls is already on record stating that he only wants to play in the NHL.

The deal to Chicago was agreed to with the ex-gm of Chicago, Dale Tallon, but was nixed by the owner, Rocky Wirtz.

Posted by: puckman | September 29, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

well at least the Caps are only on the hook for $8.5mil/2 more years with Nyls. in the world of F1, Ferrari is supposed to pay Kimi Raikkonen $49 mil next year but they don't want him.

they want Fernando Alonso so if they sign him for next year, they will still have to pay Raikkonen $49 mil.

Posted by: joek443 | September 29, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75 - Well if we don't move him then he will be playing on Thursday because since we put Bourque on waivers we only have 12 forwards (Nyls being one of them) on the roster.

That is unless BB dresses an extra D to play up front. They did try Erskine as a forward in practice this past spring.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I really can not bear to watch this video. Brutal.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 29, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I remember a bunch of articles coming up that GMGM and company were pretty pissed off at Nylander opting for mid-season surgery that one year. It seems like it started then.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

if only we had just let Ed Oilers sign him...

Posted by: chrislarry | September 29, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree that this really sucks for Bourque but some kind of deal had to dissolve today and that's why he was put on waivers. GMGM and BB had to know that if Nyls didn't move that they would have to do something with Bourque.

My guess is there is more then what we are being told.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

If I were the Bourque family I'd be pissed, disgusted, and embarrassed... and would want to play somewhere else.

Posted by: justbrewit | September 29, 2009 10:59 PM |

Yeah, it sucks but that is just ridiculous. This happens to kids all the time. If they were any sort of a professional, then they would understand why. See; Alex Pietroangelo on the Blues.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it sucks but that is just ridiculous. This happens to kids all the time. If they were any sort of a professional, then they would understand why. See; Alex Pietroangelo on the Blues.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 11:08 PM


IMO, Would have just been better to cut him at the end of camp and then bring him up if Nylander was moved.

Posted by: justbrewit | September 29, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I think they were anticipating a trade, but it did not happen. We aren't even sure if Nylander is going to play. Again, waiving him was probably more involved in the fact that it would be inevitable when Fehr and Flash come back. Better now then in a few weeks. Getting waived does not necessarily mean they are in the minors, it just means they can be put there.


I think a lot of you are over reacting, and getting a bit too involved in player's emotions.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I think a lot of you are over reacting, and getting a bit too involved in player's emotions.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 11:17 PM


Probably true, Phil, but my view is that you don't treat people like that in business if you seek real commitment from those in the engine room.

My experience in management is that when you treat people like horsemeat, it has a detrimental effect on their commitment to the team, as well as on the team's morale. Other players in the room are probably taking note, saying "I cant believe they did that. Why not just cut him out of camp? What a frickin bunch of hosers."


Posted by: justbrewit | September 29, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

My guess is there is more then what we are being told.

Posted by: pkendrick | September 29, 2009 11:06 PM

I'd go so far as to say that there's ALWAYS way more going on than we are privy to. That should come as no surprise, so let's see how things unfold from here. Honestly, who makes the opening night line-up is largely irrelevant in the big scheme of things. Agreed that this waiver situation with Bourque looks bad, but for all the reasons posted previously, it's way better to try to get him through now so the Caps can keep him than to lose him for nothing in a couple of weeks.

Patience grasshoppers, patience. It's a looooooong season after all.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 29, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

espn's nhl preview
barnaby picks sharks > caps
melrose picks black hawks > flyers

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | September 29, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

If I were the Bourque family I'd be pissed, disgusted, and embarrassed... and would want to play somewhere else.

Posted by: justbrewit | September 29, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't quite get all the emotions being expressed here. he's only played in a dozen games for the caps, he couldn't have won over that many fans in such a short period. he's still young and will get his chance to show what he can do here or elsewhere. he's not exactly a Lou Franceschetti.

Posted by: joek443 | September 29, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

joek-

Its not that I love Bourque, I don't. As you correctly point out, he's never done anything in a caps sweater that matters.

Thats not the point. Its just a classless but avoidable move in my view. Doesnt matter who it is. If you demand professionalism from your players (as phil suggested) then management has to be professional as well. And this looks like a total miscalculation on their part...I'm not a GM hater but IMO he let his teammates down on this shift.

Posted by: justbrewit | September 29, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Heartbreaking!

Posted by: nicko | September 29, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

obviosuly he has won more people over then you thought. and i can say most of my emotions come from seeing him play in hershey, and what he brought last yr and the situation he went thru last year.

i'd say my feelings are warranted and i'll feel however I want over a player regardless of how many games they have played as a cap thank you very much

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 30, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I am a little confused. Everyone seems to be saying that this is a classless, miscalculated, unprofessional (or what have you), move on GMGM's side.....what exactly could he have done or should he have done then?

I am assuming someone had to be put on waivers, and at this point, in Management's eyes, Bourque was the least riskiest move. Caps will not receive anything in return from anyone that is claimed off waivers, so perhaps they feel their other players would garner more interest at this point, and they are not willing to receive nothing in return if loosing one of their regulars.

It makes sense that Bourque would be the one to be placed on waivers, because no matter how you slice it, the reason there is a roster spot available at this point in time is because Fehr and Flash are both injured.

I am curious as to why Laing was not put on waivers, instead of Bourque...perhaps its because they fill different roles, and Bourque would be the first to be sent down anyways, when Flash or Fehr return...I don't know!

I just do not see this as a total classless move, I actually think that perhaps its better for Bourque to be put on waivers. He probably would have more of a chance of being picked up by another team (and receive a full-time spot, NHL level) over Laing or whoever else Caps would have put on waivers. And if he isn't picked up, then he is guaranteed a spot on the Caps line up. They already made it known that they want him already, by not cutting him. Anyways, he would have to clear waivers eventually if he were to play with the Caps, I guess its better now than in a few weeks from now.

Again, I ask, what should have been done? What else could have been done? Who else could the caps have put on waivers? If Bourque would have eventually needed to clear waivers, and they are just doing it now (when lots of players need to clear waivers), rather than in a few weeks from now, why did Tarik mention that this directly connected to Nylander's NMC (I mean, that seems like just part of it).

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | September 30, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

i thinkm it's the timing and everything elading up to it. i mean sure I had my doubts about him even making it out of camp, then he got injured and they deminshed even more, and then he came back and scored, and they got raised a little. and then he got the green light saying he would be in the opening roster, and us fans pulling for him finally felt like he got what he worked so hard for and then less than 24 hrs later he's being put on waivers. it's just so much and such a dramatic change to what we originally thought that it is a huge shocker. and people react accordingly to a big shocker.

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 30, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Agree with The_Stanley_Cup. Emotions are running rampant here. He is put on waivers now with the hope that other teams have their rosters set. It's clear we want to kee him. We have a cap issue. Had be fixed by opening night. We really just need focus on the new season. He'll be brought up when we get injuries.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 30, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

GO AWAY D YOU DBAG!! We don't want you...( by we I mean myself, BB GMGM, the players, I'm pretty sure most you reading this, my dog, and now for the love of god THE BOURQUE FAMILY!!!)this is way across the line!!

Freakin scratch him every night til he can't take it and realizes his only hope is to accept a trade or go to europe or whatever the F

GOD I AM SO SICK OF SEEING HIS NAME ON THIS BLOG!!!

GAHH DAAAA

Posted by: broud0 | September 30, 2009 3:43 AM | Report abuse

What can we as fans do to let it be known that we literally hate this plague on our team?

Start a "HATE NYLS" site?

There has to be something. Somebody please!?

Posted by: broud0 | September 30, 2009 3:46 AM | Report abuse

*spreads mass sensationalism*
*shouts slurs about Nylander's ("No Move Clause") mother*
*gets pitchfork*
*posts feelings on capitalsinsider*

Posted by: Raber | September 30, 2009 3:54 AM | Report abuse

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