Bruce Boudreau just said the odd man out of the lineup this evening against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be a game-time decision. Someone has to come out for Michael Nylander to go in.
On the subject of Nylander, Boudreau said he has talked with his vetern center now that he is on the team for at least the remainder of this season. Interestingly, Boudreau compared Nylander’s situation the past few games to that of Bill Guerin and the other players who were held out of games because the team was trying to trade them.
“The last four [games] — Guerin was scratched, all these guys were scratched just in case,” Boudreau said. “He’ll play as much as how good he is.”
Problem is, none of those players that were held out were on contending teams and expected to be contributors the rest of the season. And the last part of that statement wasn’t exactly a definitive one about how much Nylander will be in the lineup the rest of the way. Stay tuned.