An Edmonton radio station is reporting that “Michael Nylander has signed with the Oilers”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212502&hubname=nhl. We’ll see if that’s true, but obviously Nylander will be playing somewhere other than the Garden next season.
Which begs the question: Was the 34-year-old center being greedy with the Rangers? Perhaps, but no more greedy than Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, both of whom left organizations where they were revered for greener pastures in New York.
I hate to say that’s the nature of the business these days, but guess what? It is.
As for theories that Nylander’s production will nosedive now that he’s not playing alongside Jaromir Jagr, don’t be so sure. Maybe 83 points will be tough to match, but after spending the past season marveling at Nylander’s brilliant — and yes, at times maddening — play, I actually found myself wondering how this guy has not been a perennial All-Star.
He is that good, and that dedicated. And as much as I think the Rangers pulled off the coup of the offseason yesterday, I’m not entirely convinced they won’t still be missing No. 92.