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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nylander to do conditioning stint with Griffins

Is the Red Wings organization a Swede magnet? Michael Nylander of the Washington Capitals will do a two-week conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins,

The Caps told the Griffins that Nylander needed playing time and they did not want to send him to Hershey and take up ice time from their prospects. He has a no-move clause and Grand Rapids was one of the places he agreed to go to on assignment.

With a 1-4-0-0 start, I'm sure that the injection of talent was appealing for the Griffins, who open their home schedule, Friday.

The Griffins' press release ...

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Washington Capitals on Wednesday assigned center Michael Nylander (NEE-lan-duhr) to the Grand Rapids Griffins for a two-week conditioning stint.

Nylander, 37, has appeared in 920 NHL games for Washington, the New York Rangers, Boston, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Calgary and Hartford during his 19-year career, totaling 679 points (209-470—679) and 468 penalty minutes. The Stockholm, Sweden, native has yet to play this season after totaling 33 points (9-24—33) and 32 PIM in 72 games with the Capitals last season.

Nylander is expected to practice with the Griffins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Van Andel Arena and be in the lineup on Friday when they host their home opener against the Abbotsford Heat at 7 p.m.


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