This is, of course, NOT official--just speculatuon by CNNSi's Allan Muir, who wrote this:
Nylander's not a sexy name, but he'll provide solid production at a bargain price compared to the marquee centers ... and wouldn't his sweet passes look that much better if Alexander Ovechkin was waiting on the other end
Michael Nylander is one of those guy's I can never figure out. Everywhere he's played, he's produced. He's played with some of the top names in hockey, but never has gotten his just due. He's played here before, but had his best years in New York, lining up with Jaromir Jagr and putting up back to back seasons of 79 and 83 points. Ovechkin is more talented than Jagr at this stage of both their careers, and like Muir wrote, Washington won't have to go very deep in their pockets to get him. Muir points out this free-agent class isn't very good--especially compared to next near when Joe Thornton, Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, and Dany Heatley are all up. Nylander isn't as talented as Alexei Yashin, but he's more dependable and not as flaky. He'll also come at a cheaper price, allowing Washington to possibly afford another D (Scott Hannan or Roman Hamerlik?) and another winger. Like who?
Viktor Kozlov, who played with OV on the same line at the Turin Olympcis (with Yashin, actually).
Again, the Caps aren't that far away. They were #4 in the East at the All-Star break last year, and have some good young talent coming in (Backstom and Alzner). A couple of cheap veterans could put the Caps in the playoffs, setting themselves up as a appealing destination of some top FA next year. The future is very bright.
But, MC readers, if you had to choose between Alexei Yashin and Michael Nylander, who would you pick?