Michael Nylander just spoke to the media for the first time since returning to North America a couple of days ago. Nylander said he is not pursuing a deal to move to a European club.
“I come here to play in the NHL and I am looking forward to the season. I feel good and I am in good shape and I am just looking forward to the season,” he said. “I am coming here with the intention to play for the Capitals. I have two years left on the deal.”
When asked if the Caps came to him with a deal to go to Europe tomorrow, he responded:
“No, I am not ready for that. I am saying again, I have a two-year deal here and I am looking forward for the season to start.”
Nylander also said a Swedish media outlet misquoted this summer. The media outlet quoted him as saying Bruce Boudreau told him he wasn’t good enough to play for the Caps at the end of last season.
“I think they misunderstood what I said,” Nylander said. “I said, ‘By me not playing, that showed me that I was not good enough to make the team.’ They chose the wording that Bruce said it, but I said, ‘By them not playing me, it showed I was not good enough.’ “
Nylander said his family is still in Sweden, but he expects them to join him here after he takes care of a housing situation. Where the Michael Nylander situation goes from here is still to be determined.