Looks like the Michael Nylander drama has finally come to a resolution. The team announced yesterday that the Swedish center (who hasn't seen action in a Caps sweater since last season's playoffs) is being loaned to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. Nylander, who was given the call sign "Circles" by some Capitals fans in reference to his slower style of play, did not mesh with Bruce Boudreau's high-energetic, explosive offense. Now Hockey Mom does not even profess to understand the ins-and-outs of the League's complicated salary cap but the good news is that the Nylander move takes his $4.875 million cap hit off the Caps' shoulders.
Gabby has already said not to expect any kind of crazy pre-holiday free-agent shopping spree with the extra cash but the team has called up Karl Alzner from Hershey (along with his team mate in Chocolate Town, Kyle Wilson). Alzner is thrilled with the possibility of donning the Caps' red, white and blue against the Vancouver Canucks back home in B.C. on Friday. Unfortunately, one of HM's favorite kids, Mathieu Perreault, is headed in the other direction to spend a little more time in the minors.