Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Nylander Done for the Year

A huge blow came down the pipe on Tuesday afternoon, which affects some big players, not only in the league, but in the pools as well. This was actually a pretty big surprise, because I didn't hear about it until it popped into my inbox.

Michael Nylander (Chris) has been lost to the Capitals for the next 3 to 6 months with a shoulder injury. Nylander left the game on the weekend and tried to come back to practice on Monday, but since that failed, it seems that surgery is the best option for the playmaking centre and rehab will be a long road for him.

This is one of the huge blows that the Capitals and their run for a playoff spot didn't need. The Capitals are 7 points out of a playoff spot going into Tuesday's action and a major offensive force like Nylander will be missed, as putting the puck in the net (beyond Ovechkin's scoring) is a serious concern. Not to mention, what will happen to Alexander Ovechkin's (Clayton) production without their number one centre? Will Nicklas Backstrom (Dale C.) step up now and take his place?

Nylander has 37 points in 40 games this season, which is a fair contribution to Chris' lead so far this year. Now that's it's gone for a few weeks before the next waiver draft, how much will this affect his lead? All questions will be answered sooner rather than later, the Sherpa predicts.

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