George McPhee addressed the media here at Kettler a few minutes ago. He didn’t have a lot to say on the Michael Nylander situation, but did confirm the Swedish center has cleared waivers.
“We’re still exploring our options,” McPhee said. “I’d rather not elaborate right now. It is probably a better opportunity to talk about it tomorrow. I’d like to see how it goes today and then maybe we can discuss it tomorrow.”
When asked about Boudreau’s comments on Nylander not practicing with the team anymore, McPhee said, “Some decisions have been made, but I’d rather wait to elaborate on it until tomorrow.”
Eventually the questions shifted to Alex Ovechkin. McPhee disputed a report from yesterday in which Ovechkin said he could miss 4-5 weeks with his current injury.
“He’s doing well, and as we said it will be week-to-week,” McPhee said. “We weren’t sure if he could play last weekend and we’ll see if he can play this weekend. He’s that close, but we’ll be smart about it.”
When asked specifically about the 4-5 weeks story, McPhee said, “No, it is not [4-5 weeks]. Nothing has changed. We said it was week-to-week. We thought it might be one, it might be two. If it is a little more than that, it is acceptable. It is not going to be four-to-five weeks.”
McPhee also said Alexander Semin was banged up on Friday night [Keith Ballard did nail him pretty good while he was widing up for a shot] and “toughed it out” on Saturday, but needed a little bit more rest than what he got yesterday.
McPhee will be in Toronto for the GM meetings, but he said he’d talk to us via phone. Stay tuned.