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Center Nylander is placed on waivers

By Tarik El-Bashir
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 8, 2009

Michael Nylander was placed on waivers Saturday by the Washington Capitals, a move that could expedite a resolution to an awkward situation that has hung over the team since training camp.

If Nylander is claimed, the team that picks him up will assume the remainder of his $5.5 million salary (and pay the Capitals a waiver fee of just more than $3,000). If Nylander is not claimed, he will remain on Washington's roster, but the path will be cleared for the Capitals to loan the 37-year-old center to a team outside of the NHL.

Nylander has a "no-move clause" in his contract and must approve any transaction. He has been on the trading block since early last season and has not suited up for the Capitals since the playoffs after falling out of favor with the coaching staff and management.

The Capitals are not believed to have an agreement in place to trade Nylander within the NHL or loan him to a team outside of the league at this time, a team official said. Nylander could also accept an assignment to the minor leagues.

This is the second transaction Nylander has agreed to in recent weeks. Last month, he accepted a two-week conditioning assignment with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and helped the Griffins win five consecutive games with a goal, five assists and a shootout winner. That performance might have boosted his value in the eyes of executives in the NHL and the Russian Kontinental Hockey League.

Teams have until noon Monday to claim Nylander.

Injury update

One night after suffering injuries in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers, defensemen Mike Green and Jeff Schultz sat out the teams' rematch at Verizon Center.

Green was hurt when he threw a check early in the first period and did not return. The team said he's day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Schultz suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return to the game. He is also listed as day-to-day.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's hopeful that both will return to practice on Monday.

"Both of them, they are not serious injuries, but it's enough to keep them out of tonight's game," Boudreau said Saturday.

Asked if he expects either to play Wednesday, Boudreau said: "Who knows? They'll both skate [Monday], and we'll reevaluate at that time."

Because the Capitals carry eight defensemen, they did not have to make a recall from the minor leagues. . . .

Alex Ovechkin was placed on injured reserve to clear room on the roster for Eric Fehr to return to the lineup after a six-game absence because of a rib-cage injury. Ovechkin's move to IR with a left shoulder strain is retroactive to Sunday, which means he could return for Wednesday's game against the Islanders.

"Alex wants to push it but [what if] he trips on someone's bad ice and goes into the corner, we're sort of hurting ourselves at that point," Boudreau said. "We'll see how it is Monday and Tuesday and see if it's getting better."

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