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92 Michael Nylander C
Height/Weight: 6-1/195 | Birthdate: 10/3/1972 | Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 15 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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9/26/2011

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Flyers Release Nylander

News: The Flyers have released Michael Nylander (groin) from his tryout contract, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: The veteran forward hasn't played in any games this preseason due to a groin injury. Michael Nylander last played in the NHL in 2008-09 and looks to be a long shot to play in the NHL this season.

10/25/2010

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

AHL Rochester's Nylander to Undergo Potential Career-Ending Surgery

News: Nylander will undergo surgery Monday after suffering an injury to a vertebra in his neck, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The injury occurred when Nylander, who was on loan from the Washington Capitals, was checked from behind by Grand Rapids' Brendan Smith. The hit appeared legal and no penalty was assessed on the play. Coach Chuck Weber believes that Nylander, who will be 40 before he could return to the ice again, may have played in his final game. "He'll definitely have to do some soul-searching when he has recovered," he said. Through 920 career games, Nylander notched 209 goals and 470 points.

9/29/2010

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander Loaned to Panthers' AHL Squad

News: Nylander was loaned to the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Nylander has not played for Washington the last few years and will be playing elsewhere this season. This move is huge for Washington as Florida will be paying most or all of Nylander's $3 million dollar salary. As for Nylander, he may actually get back to the NHL this season, but it is unknown what Florida will do with his services.

1/28/2010

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander sent to Finland

Michael Nylander

Nylander sent to Finland

News: The Washington Post reports that the Capitals have sent C Michael Nylander to Finnish club Jokerit.
Analysis: Nylander is making $5.5 million this season, which is probably a little too much to be playing in the AHL. He might be back in the NHL next season if impresses in Finland, but the veteran has no Fantasy value at this time.

12/14/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander sent to AHL

Michael Nylander

Nylander sent to AHL

News: The Capitals have assigned C Michael Nylander to the AHL.
Analysis: Nylander has yet to play in a game for the Caps this season and three season removed from an 83-point campaign, it looks like Nylander's Fantasy value is now pretty much zero. One thing's for sure -- with his $5.5 million deal, Nylander better be buying some meals for his teammates in Grand Rapids.

11/9/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander resolution forthcoming

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander, who has not played this season because coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't think he fits into the team's system, cleared waivers Monday. General manager George McPhee said the Capitals were weighing their options with the veteran center and hoped to have a resolution by Tuesday, when he plans to attend GM meetings in Toronto.
Analysis: Nylander hasn't played all season, having fallen out of favor with the coaching staff and front office. The Capitals have found it difficult to trade the 37-year-old forward because of his $5.5 million salary and the no-movement clause in his contract. It wasn't long ago that Nylander was a high-end Fantasy option. Now, he is not even on the radar because of the sticky situation in Washington. Keep Nylander off Fantasy rosters until further notice.

10/21/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander's downward spiral continues

Michael Nylander

Nylander's downward spiral continues

News: The Washington Capitals have assigned center Michael Nylander to Grand Rapids of the AHL for a conditioning stint, giving the expensive bench-sitting veteran a chance to get back on the ice. Nylander will continue to count against the Capitals' 23-man roster, but the move to Grand Rapids gives him the opportunity to play without taking playing time from Washington's own prospects.
Analysis: Nylander hasn't played all season, having fallen out of favor with the coaching staff and front office. The Capitals have found it difficult to trade the 37-year-old forward because of his $5.5 million salary and the no-movement clause in his contract. It wasn't long ago that Nylander was a high-end Fantasy option. Now, he is not even on the radar because of the sticky situation in Washington. Keep Nylander off Fantasy rosters until further notice.

8/5/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Boudreau refutes Nylander's statement

Michael Nylander

Boudreau refutes Nylander's statement

News: The Washington Post reports Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau refutes that center Michael Nylander said Boudreau told him he "wasn't good enough" to play for the Capitals last season. Nylander issued the report in a Swedish newspaper Tuesday and Boudreau simply countered with a brief statement. "I do not have any recollection of saying that to Michael," Boudreau said. "That is not my style, and not something I would say."
Analysis: It has been quite evident that Nylander hasn't been a great fit for Boudreau's system since the coach rolled into town during the 2007-08 season, and this could be just a ploy by Nylander to force a trade out of Washington. It has been reported Nylander wouldn't mind playing for Edmonton, but a trade could be difficult since Nylander carries a big cap hit. If he stays with Washington, he needs to work it out with Boudreau or face reduce PT. Track Nylander's progress before taking a flier on him Draft Day. If he stays with Washington, he is going to have low-end Fantasy appeal.

6/18/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander could be moved to Russia

Michael Nylander

Nylander could be moved to Russia

News: The Sports Xchange reports the Michael Nylander situation remains unclear in Washington. What is clear is that he and coach Bruce Boudreau won't be going out to dinner any time soon as Nylander just didn't seem to be a good fit in this system. The Caps are rumored to be talking with Avangard Omsk in Russia about some kind of deal. That means he would be back with Jaromir Jagr again. The two played together with the Rangers.
Analysis: Has it really gotten that bad for Nylander that nobody in the NHL is willing to take him? He does have a hefty price tag at $4.8 million for each of the next two seasons, but before suffering a shoulder injury in 2007-08, he was still an effective offensive player. He had just nine goals and 24 assists in 72 games last season, but like already mentioned, he has never been a favorite of Boudreau, who took over for Glen Hanlon midway through the 2007-08 season. Track Nylander's progress before taking a flier on him Draft Day. If he stays with Washington, he is going to have low-end Fantasy appeal.

4/5/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander has two goals since Feb. 3

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at plus-2 during Sunday's game against the Thrashers. Nylander tallied for only the second time since Feb. 3 when he tied the game at 3 2:43 into the third. He beat Johan Hedberg on a snap shot. It was his first multi-point game since scoring twice Feb. 3.
Analysis: Nylander hasn't received much playing time as of late for Washington since he has been ineffective for awhile in coach Bruce Boudreau's system. Washington would have enjoyed moving him at the trade deadline, but couldn't find any takers for his large contract. Nylander has very low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.

3/12/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander takes to ice Thursday

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander returned to the lineup Thursday against the Flyers after missing two games with an upper-body injury. He failed to record a point in 12:08 of ice time and finished at minus-1. Nylander doesn't have a point in seven straight games.
Analysis: Nylander hasn't received much playing time as of late for Washington since he has been ineffective for awhile in coach Bruce Boudreau's system. Washington would have enjoyed moving him at the trade deadline, but couldn't find any takers for his large contract. Nylander has very low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.

3/10/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander doesn't dress Tuesday

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander missed a second straight game Tuesday against the Predators with an upper-body injury. He remains questionable heading into Thursday against the Flyers.
Analysis: Nylander hasn't received much playing time as of late for Washington since he has been ineffective for awhile in coach Bruce Boudreau's system. Washington would have enjoyed moving him at the trade deadline, but couldn't find any takers for his large contract. Nylander has very low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.

3/8/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander has upper body injury

News: Washington C Michael Nylander was unable to play against the Penguins on Sunday due to an upper body injury sustained against the Maple Leafs on Thursday. He is questionable for Tuesday's game at Nashville
Analysis: Nylander had been a healthy scratch in the four games prior to Thursday's game against Toronto when he got hurt. He is clearly not playing up to expectations and now that he's injured should not be active for the upcoming scoring period.

3/5/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander still with Capitals

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander, who has been a healthy scratch for four straight games, was not dealt at the Wednesday trade deadline.
Analysis: Nylander might have been moved at the deadline if someone was willing to take on his huge contract, but in this economic setting, it just wasn't going to happen. It will be interesting to see how much Nylander plays down the stretch. Had Nylander not suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in 2007-08, his career with the Capitals could have gone differently. He was a pretty effective offensive player in his first season with Washington last season up until the injury. Now, he just doesn't fit coach Bruce Boudreau's system. Nylander has very low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.

3/3/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander scratched a fourth game

Michael Nylander

Nylander scratched a fourth game

News: The Washington Post reports Capitals C Michael Nylander was a healthy scratch for a fourth straight game Tuesday against the Hurricanes. With the trade deadline looming Wednesday, Nylander might be willing to waive his no-trade clause since his PT could be scarce down the stretch.
Analysis: Had Nylander not suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in 2007-08, his career with the Capitals could have gone differently. He was a pretty effective offensive player in his first season with Washington last season up until the injury. Now, he just doesn't fit coach Bruce Boudreau's system and a trade could be beneficial. Nylander has very low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.

2/3/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander has two-goal evening

Michael Nylander

Nylander has two-goal evening

News: Washington coach Bruce Boudreau rolled his eyes and got a priceless look on his face when asked about getting Michael Nylander to shoot the puck more. Unlike Alexander Ovechkin, Nylander sees himself as more a passer and tends to eschew scoring chances. Tuesday night was an exception. Nylander scored twice for the first time since Dec. 29, 2007 and the Capitals snapped the New Jersey Devils' season-high eight-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday. "He doesn't like to shoot," Boudreau said. "We have a few of those guys, and then we have one guy who shoots every chance he gets. He makes up for those guys." Scott Clemmensen, who is 22-10-1 since replacing the injured Martin Brodeur, handed Nylander both his goals. The first came early in the second when the Devils goaltender failed to control a shot by Eric Fehr. Boyd Gordon got the loose puck and centered it to Nylander for a shot into an open net. Nylander put the game away with a shot between Clemmensen's pads on a power play in the third period that occurred after Mike Rupp ran into Jose Theodore after apparently being tripped by a Washington defenseman.
Analysis: Nylander smirked when asked about shooting more, knowing he has heard that from coaches throughout his 14 seasons in the NHL. "I should have done that for many years," said Nylander, who now has 207 career goals. "It's good when you are shooting to see the puck go in. I know I think we played pretty good as a team." Nylander has four goals and four assists in his last nine games. He has been in an offensive lull for most of the season, but perhaps is making himself a bit more attractive for the trade deadline. Nylander has decent Fantasy potential, but until he can put together a nice, long run, consider him a low-end option.

1/28/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander tallies fifth goal

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander scored his fifth goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Analysis: After averaging 81 points in his two seasons with the Rangers, Nylander has come back down to earth in Washington and is barely worth using in Fantasy play right now.

1/20/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander a healthy scratch Tuesday

Michael Nylander

Nylander a healthy scratch Tuesday

News: Washington C Michael Nylander was a healthy scratch for the third time this season Tuesday against the Senators. He had one goal and three assists in his previous five games.
Analysis: Nylander got off to a quick start this season with two goals and four assists in four games, but he has produced just 18 points in his last 41 outings. He is completely healed following shoulder surgery, but just seems to have trouble finding his groove under coach Bruce Boudreau. Nylander has low-end Fantasy appeal until he gets back on track.

1/11/2009

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander reaches 20 points

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander scored and assisted in Saturday's loss to the Canadiens, giving him 20 points on the season.
Analysis: After averaging 81 points in his two seasons with the Rangers, Nylander has come back down to earth in Washington and is barely worth using in Fantasy play right now.

12/14/2008

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander scores first since Oct. 16

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander ended a massive goal slump Saturday when he scored in a win over the Canadiens. His previous goal had come on Oct. 16.
Analysis: Nylander, who had back-to-back 20-plus goal seasons with the Rangers in 2005-07, has only three goals in 30 games this season. He has been the subject of numerous trade rumors of late, and isn't likely to finish the year in Washington. He can be a point-per-game guy when healthy, but for now is only a low-end Fantasy forward best left for deeper leagues.

12/4/2008

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander to play on wing?

News: The Washington Post reports that struggling Capitals C Michael Nylander worked out as a winger during Thursday's morning skate prior to Washington's game vs. the Islanders. "I just wanted to see how he felt," coach Bruce Boudreau said of moving Nylander. "It could last one shift or it might not even start that way."
Analysis: Nylander, who had back-to-back 20-plus goal seasons with the Rangers in 2005-07, has only two goals in 24 games this season. He has been the subject of numerous trade rumors of late, and isn't likely to finish the year in Washington. He can be a point-per-game guy when healthy, but for now is only a low-end Fantasy forward best left for deeper leagues.

11/21/2008

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander on his way to Chicago?

News: The Sports Xchange reports was there a trade or wasn't there? The Blackhawks and Washington Capitals have been talking for a while about a swap that would bring center Michael Nylander back to the Hawks. It looked like a done deal when Dustin Byfuglien, a player the Caps want, quickly exited the morning skate before Thursday's game at Dallas and then wasn't around afterward. The Hawks claimed he was injured, coach Joel Quenneville saying Byfuglien was "day to day." The Hawks could use Nylander, who is no longer needed in Washington. He comes with a high price tag, however, and his acquisition would push the Hawks over the salary cap if just Byfuglien were to go in the deal. That's why the Hawks initially nixed it. If the Hawks also could ship veteran defenseman Brent Sopel to the Caps the deal might get done. Sopel was listed as a healthy scratch at Dallas and he's been a disappointing minus-7 in a season beset with injuries.
Analysis: Whether the trade gets made or not, the Hawks need a veteran center and the trade of goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, which seemed likely earlier in the season, doesn't seem so likely now. Nylander also needs out of Washington since he has pretty much fallen into the doghouse with poor performances over the last month. A trade to a top contender would elevate Nylander's Fantasy value again, so Fantasy owners will want this deal to get done. Stay tuned.

11/16/2008

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander struggling for points

Michael Nylander

Nylander struggling for points

News: Michael Nylander, struggling with only one point in the previous seven games, returned for Washington Saturday against the Devils after sitting Friday as a healthy scratch. Nylander didn't get a point in 12:26 of ice time and finished at minus-2. He took one shot on net.
Analysis: Nylander had such a good start to the season and was solid in the preseason after coming off major shoulder surgery. He displayed point-per-game potential early on, but has since been mired in a scoring funk. He hasn't scored since Oct. 16 and has just three assists in his last 12 games. Until Nylander snaps out of his funk, he should probably be reserved in most leagues.

10/26/2008

Michael Nylander, C, PHI

Michael Nylander

Nylander tallies a pair of assists

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander tallied a pair of assists and finished at plus-1 in 12:12 of ice time Saturday against the Stars. It was his first points in four games.
Analysis: Nylander has been moved down to the team's third scoring line after opening the season with two goals and three assists in four games. The Capitals continue to change up their lines, so it's a bit erratic at times when it comes to Nylander's PT. The good news is that he hasn't suffered any setbacks from shoulder surgery and Nylander remains a decent No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward.

10/16/2008

Michael Nylander, C, PHI Nylander piling up points

Michael Nylander

Nylander piling up points

News: Capitals C Michael Nylander had a goal and an assist during Thursday's 4-3 comeback win against the Penguins. Nylander won a faceoff to set up Alexander Semin's fourth goal in four games early in the third, then scored himself exactly 10 minutes into the period to make it 3-3 following a Sidney Crosby turnover. Crosby tried to make a no-look pass into the offensive zone, only to have the Capitals intercept it and start a rush the other way that resulted in Nylander's second goal in as many games.
Analysis: Nylander has two straight multi-point games and has at least one point in three of four contests. He has six total. Nylander's 2007-08 came to a screeching halt because of a shoulder injury, but he has had plenty of time to rehab and has looked good early on in 2008-09. He is back to being a potential point-per-game player and can be treated as a No. 2 or No. 3 Fantasy forward.