I like Michael Nylander. I think he's a solid professional on the ice and (he said, biting his lip) equally so off the ice in the midst of this "Whither Nylander" mini-series. I sympathized with his predicament, he being merely a party to a contract who chose to implement rights under that contract to have a say in where he plied his trade. We even had a nice long entry all ready to go pretty much telling those Caps fans who would begrudge Nylander his right to invoke contract language to shut up and deal with it.
But you know? Enough is enough. Beginning last Tuesday, after Nylander cleared waivers, the stories started coming out that a deal with a team in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia was imminent. Dinamo Minsk... Salavat Yulaev Ufa... "it's a done deal"... "the move is imminent"...
Well, here we are -- five days since the stories started leaking and in the seventh day since he cleared waivers -- and the stories have dried up, the potential landing places aren't being mentioned, and that roster spot still belongs to Number 92.
After the first speculation that a move was on the horizon and the move failed to materialize, other stories emerged that he wanted a provision that would allow him to move to another team and that he was waiting on a potential move to another NHL team.
We just want it to be over. So, as a therapeutic alternative to spewing screed about who is at fault for what in this nightmare, we'll introduce a new feature over there on the right. You'll probably have no trouble finding it.