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Re-visiting a question previously mentioned on Rangers’ posts, would it behoove the Rangers to bring back veteran, play-making Center Michael Nylander? According to Steve Hindle, the Capitals blogger on Hockeybuzz, the team has place Nylander on waivers. This move in and of itself is more complicated than it would seem.

Because of Nylander’s No Movement Clause (NMC), he would have had to have approved this before it could have taken place. This would lead me to believe that there may be a team interested in the services of Nylander that would also interest Nylander. Chances are that no one would claim Nylander because of the hefty cap hit of $4.875 million for each of the next two years. However, it is possible that if the Capitals ran Nylander through re-entry waivers a team would claim him and only be on the hook for half of the cap hit.

Nylander has performed well since going to Grand Rapids of the AHL on a conditioning assignment recording a goal and 6 points in 5 games playing for the Griffins. There were questions about whether or not Nylander was in game shape. His performance in the AHL would seem to indicate that he may be ready to go.

Now let’s assume that Nylander ends up on re-entry waivers; what teams may be interested? Well the team nearest and dearest to our hearts, the Rangers, has certainly had a history with Nylander. We also have a need for a quality playmaking center on the roster. Could the Rangers be a fit?

Two problems exist with bringing Nylander in; the salary cap and the possibility that Nylander’s style wouldn’t fit with the current playing style employed by the Rangers. I believe that if the Rangers decided that Nylander was a realistic option, they could make this move happen.

First off, let’s address the salary cap; according to the website Capgeek.com, the Rangers have approximately $846,000 left in cap space (full season salary). Grabbing Nylander on re-entry would require a commitment of nearly $2.45 million for each of the next 2 years. That means the Rangers would have to trim at least 1.5 million off its current roster.

One move that has been rumored has been a deal with the Ducks that would send F Chris Higgins to Anaheim for C (and former Ranger Todd Marchant. The savings the Rangers would see in that move would be $1.125 this year in cap savings. This leaves us only a few hundred thousand or so away from having the cap space necessary to add Nylander on re-entry. The demotion of another forward or any minor move could realize this savings. Therefore, the cap can be maneuvered to accommodate the addition of Michael Nylander.

Now what about playing style? This was my biggest problem with the possibility of acquiring Nylander when he was possibly available earlier this season. After watching the Rangers and remembering what Nylander’s skill set is, I actually think he could fit in with this group of Rangers. Maybe he doesn’t play a style that would work with a player like Gaborik but maybe he could augment a second scoring line.

Nylander isn’t the type of forward that would ordinarily fit Tort’s aggressive, fore-checking style but then again not all 3 forwards on the ice normally are in on the fore-check. Is it conceivable that adding Nylander to the lineup and putting him with Ryan Callahan and Chris Drury could result in more production from those two players.

It would also be likely that Nylander would benefit the Rangers power play. There is no question that Nylander brings elite playmaking skills that could work well with Gaborik, Kotalik and Del Zotto on the PP.

After last night’s contest against the Flames, the Rangers might be in an even more desperate need for a veteran Center after losing both Chris Drury (concussion) and Brandon Dubinsky (undisclosed injury) indefinitely. Nylander on re-entry might be an appealing option for the Rangers to bridge the gap while Drury and Dubinsky are out.

What do you think Rangers fans; should the Rangers look at bringing Nylander back to Manhattan? Would he fit in with this current Rangers’ roster?
November 8, 2009 11:58 AM ET | Delete
it all depends on how long Drury and Dubinsky are out...if they are both out for months, especially Drury, he can go on LTIR his salary comes off and we could pick up Nylander on re-entry........
November 8, 2009 12:58 PM ET | Delete
go get brad richards!!
November 8, 2009 1:00 PM ET | Delete
not so sure why Dallas would wanna deal Richards right now...they are off to a good start and he is playing fantastic
November 8, 2009 1:07 PM ET | Delete
sign forsberg and send voros to hartford
November 8, 2009 1:59 PM ET | Delete
I'd love to have Forsberg; if this was 2000. Now I'm just afraid we'd sign him, see him play 10 great games and then get hurt. His injury history is scarier than Gaborik's.
November 8, 2009 3:12 PM ET | Delete
No jagr No Nylander end of discussion.
November 8, 2009 3:53 PM ET | Delete
OK Adwolf, if it turns out that Dubinsky and/or Drury are out for any length of time then what do you propose we do at Center? Promote Grachev and let the kids play? That is risky if we want to make the playoffs. Not saying I don't like that option but.....I also want to make the playofs too.
November 8, 2009 4:18 PM ET | Delete
November 8, 2009 5:55 PM ET | Delete
gkmkiller, I agree but I don't wanna be stuck with Nylander for next year when we need to sign Staal and Girardi? Or just staal?
November 8, 2009 7:06 PM ET | Delete
Gk I don't want Nylander at all. So we make the playoffs so what? I am sick and tired of this team being mediocre. I rather them miss the playoffs, play the kids and get a nice draft selection.
November 8, 2009 8:16 PM ET | Delete
Fair enough. I want to see the kids play too; that's why I am glad to see the Rangers carrying Del Zotto and Gilroy on D. I am concerned (specifically about Grachev) that it may be a little early for him. Notice the first call-ups were P.A. and Byers. I'd hate to see him stunted by failure like Malhotra and Lundmark were.
November 8, 2009 8:18 PM ET | Delete
Evitage, you have a great point about next year too; especially in regards to Staal. I am 50/50 on whether we should re-sign Girardi. He may be asking for a chunk and we are a little tight as it is. We'll see how he plays and if the Rangers possibly find a taker for Rozsival in the off-season (hey we can all hope).
November 8, 2009 8:48 PM ET | Delete
there is not one thing similar about Evgeny Grachev when comparing Manny Malhotra or Jamie Lundmark
November 8, 2009 9:13 PM ET | Delete
Why is that Jimbo? Lundmark and Malhotra were both high 1st round draft selections. Malhotra especially was probably rushed to the NHL; a move which may have adversely affected his development. My point is that it is curious why Grachev already wasn't promoted to NY.
November 8, 2009 9:14 PM ET | Delete
In P.A.'s case, he was called up to replace Gaborik (in the short term) so obviously he was here for offense. At the conclusion of camp, it sure looked like Grachev would be the first call up. Since he wasn't I was wondering if the Rangers want him to get more time in Hartford.
November 9, 2009 9:16 AM ET | Delete
November 9, 2009 10:53 AM ET | Delete
gmkiller is the only one to mention jagr....nylander had inflated stats and an inflated salary becasue of his play along side jagr....(see also half of the pens and caps teams for malkin/crosy
November 9, 2009 10:53 AM ET | Delete
ovechkin)....unless your plan is to bring jagr back, forget about nylander lest you want to welcome another bust back into NY....take it from a devils fan who has so far seen Holik and Rolston come back to town with near bust-like contributions....nostaglia doesnt win championships....i think it may behoove the rangers to let the current team gel and become a unit instead of creating more roster overturn...that can wait till TD and July 1
November 9, 2009 11:14 AM ET | Delete
mhowitzer - I can agree with that and of course I wrote this primarily because of the uncertainty of Drury's and Dubinsky's injuries and the time they may miss. Offensively the Rangers started out on fire but have cooled off tremendously in the last 6 - 8 games. Either we stand pat and try to fix it with what we have or we have to look outside.
November 9, 2009 11:15 AM ET | Delete
Nylander wouldn't be an ideal solution but he is a decent player offensively and has had success in New York. Granted, a lot of his success was linked to Jagr but he can still help an NHL team. How much he could help the Rangers and if that help is worth the $2.4 million this year and next is the question.
November 9, 2009 11:23 AM ET | Delete
gkmkiller...i understand where you are coming from....like you said the injuries play a big part in every aspect of the game....i dont think there is any one team in the league that has kept up with a fast start, or a slow start (except for carolina)...each team has had a cycle of hot and cold already so maybe in a month or two it would be important to put a run together before the olympic break, but with how tight the atlantic is theres no need to take a big risk to jump ahead of the pack now....
November 9, 2009 12:01 PM ET | Delete
As a hockey fan who watches Ranger, and Caps games, I say pass on Nylander. As an Islander fan I say definitely sign him! Get my drift boys?
November 9, 2009 12:51 PM ET | Delete
howitzer- you are right, there are lots of ups and downs in an NHL season. It is important not to panic. I wouldn't necessarily consider an acquisition of Nylander a "panic" move but I would rather save the money next year for Staal than commit it to Nylander.
November 10, 2009 9:00 AM ET | Delete
gkm....i totally agree....if the cap is going to go down at all this summer then a lot of teams are in big trouble. Its important to keep your head above water until we see the damage after the season
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