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Meanwhile, it appears center Alexei Yashin no longer is an option. His agent, Mark Gandler, said he talked to the Caps before the start of free agency Sunday, but that as of yesterday afternoon Washington had not called about Yashin in two days. Yashin centered a line with Ovechkin and Kozlov during the 2006 Olympics, but Nylander’s signing makes it unlikely the Caps will place that call.

“I can only say if they call me they are interested, and they haven’t called,” said Gandler, who also represents Alexander Semin. He said between five and seven teams had contacted him about Yashin. “With Alexei it’s not all about the price. The teams want to talk to him, and Alexei wants to talk to the teams. It is about finding the right fit.”