Monday, July 02, 2007

"Nylander To Edmonton" Not A Done Deal


I just spoke with Allan Watt, the Oilers VP of Communications, and he confirmed that the Michael Nylander deal has not been signed.
The deal is done when [GM] Kevin Lowe tells me it's done.
When asked what the impediments to an agreement were, Watt said, "It could be any number of things," including that Nylander was still listening to offers from other clubs.

Watt was unable to explain Bob Stauffer's (Team 1260) report that an agreement had been reached.

Update (3:02): A second radio station in Edmonton, 630 CHED, is now reporting that Nylander has agreed to 4 years with the Oilers. Salary was not disclosed. Streaming audio of their news/sports reports on the half hour available here. Hear it and weep.

Update (4:42): Nylander is a Cap. What a ride.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now thats Fing reporting. Nice job!

kb said...

Thanks, anon.

Snktimoniuz said...

I heard he's still negotiating with McPhee:

"So you're SURE Nolan is no longer with the organ-EYE-zation?"

"You can rest assured Michael, he won't be coming back."

Anonymous said...

JP:
I admire your initiative in picking up the phone and trying to get some info on the Nylander deal. I suspected Nylander would listen to more offers, especially from Eastern clubs. Seems like everyone is just waiting for tsn to report it: I think they're all hungover and sleeping in from Canada Day festivities.

Michael said...

Now that is funny.

stepguybrian said...

Nice work JP! Thanks!

JP said...

Hey, that was all Ken, not me.

GameMisconduct said...

Nice job guys - I had a feeling something was up when no one was reporting anything other than what the radio station had stated.

Considering every FA signing has been listed on the tracker, things obviously aren't as close as they had seemed.

Get 'er done George.

stepguybrian said...

Now someone needs to call the radio station in question and ask them WTF?

tandtb13 said...

Any idea how much $$$ Nylander is asking for? I think this would be a great fit for the Caps! I hope GMGM can get this done!

GameMisconduct said...

According to the NY papers, he's received offers in excess of $20 mil for 4 years. I'm guessing he'll go somewhere between $5 - $5.5 in this market.

So, how much would you be willing to spend on him?

JP said...

I'd give him more money for a shorter term - $18m/3 years. Is it overpaying? Well, not if that's what the market price is. But this team has the cap room, the deep pockets and the need for the guy. It would make sense, imo.

Mark said...

Good job JP. I assumke Yashin is the backup plan here if Nylander falls through. Be happy to exchange links with you, let me know, dcprosportsreport@gmail.com

Mark said...

Good job JP. I assumke Yashin is the backup plan here if Nylander falls through. Be happy to exchange links with you, let me know, dcprosportsreport@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

amen

Jason said...

JP, I was thinking the same thing about the 3 year/18 million deal. The real killer in these deals is the term. I'd rather overpay early than be stuck with a 38-year old washout getting $5 million a year.

NS said...

assuming the Caps try to acquire a Center via trade, which defenseman would you rather see go? Eminger, Green, or Schultz? someone else?

Tyler said...

If Nylander falls through, I hope for Handzus. Strong defensively. Big body. Good passer who has scored 20+ goals without a lot of offensive talent around him in recent years.

If the Caps are going to be a playoff team, the top line can't be -25. Handzus addresses that.

ted said...

Is Handzus a winger or a center? Or is he adept at either position. I saw him listed as RW somewhere, so I am confused.

As long as he can make plays and distribute the puck, that's all I care about.

JP said...

As long as he can make plays and distribute the puck, that's all I care about.

Dude's never had 40 assists in a season. He brings a lot to the table, but first line playmaking ability isn't in his arsenal.

Tyler said...

Handzus can play both. He's not a huge assist guy, but he's super-strong defensively. And I can't see AO going -19 with Handzus around.

JP said...

Well, Ken says it's Edmonton after all. That was a fun little exercise, wasn't it?

tandtb13 said...

So if not Nylander and we don't want Yashin... then who? What other centers would you want to go after?

Tyler said...

Jan Bulis?

(ducking)

Murshawursha said...

I want Yashin... For some reason I think playing with Ovie would bring out the best with him, if only because Ovie gives 120% out there every night. And the fact that they're both Russian makes me think peer pressure might have an effect on him.

Might not be the greatest example, but look how much better Semin did last year...

Tyler said...

I'm not thrilled at the Yashin idea. BUT: If signing Yashin at $2M gives you $2-3M for Bill Guerin/equivalent to play opposite Matt Pettinger...

JP said...

Why does Robert Lang have to be so old and lazy?

Tyler said...

If you put Robert Lang's ankles on Peter Forsberg...

artilector said...

Well, if its something around 4yrs @5M, I'm very glad he goes elsewhere. I agree with everybody that at this age term is key. I'd be very happy if the Caps got him for 2 years, 3 is pushing it, 4 - no way. It would suck beyond belief to pay 5M to a washed up 39 yrs old 2nd line center right when this team matures and you want to add the final pieces, especially if the Caps continue to operate significantly under the cap.

Yashin is going to be a much better and much safer value, cause his term should be short. Get on it, McPhee. He's a lot more skilled than anybody who is left. And the possibility of him playing better on account of Ovechkin is a great bonus.

Tyler said...

Given the Caps failures at C, I wonder if GMGM now wishes he'd signed a different Kozlov.

JP said...

That other Kozlov is much better on the wing too. As is, for that matter, Mike Comrie.

I wish there was some way the Bolts would trade us Brad Richards - but not his entire salary (I know the CBA doesn't allow for that any more - but that's hardly the most unrealistic part of this fantasy).

Tyler said...

And through 10-11 too.

I guess they could still sign the other Kozlov, put him opposite Semin, and have Kozlov I center AO-CC.

stepguybrian said...

I think you need to update things again.

http://capitals.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=326993

JP said...

Yeah, I posted that news when it hit. Thanks - I'll update this post now.

Mack D. Male said...

Time for another update to your post!

http://sportsguru.eclecticblogs.ca/2007/07/oilers_release_statement_regar.html

kb said...

Sweet Jesus. Thanks for the heads-up, Mack.