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Capitals Sign Center Michael Nylander

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
83-point performer returns for second stint in Washington


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed free agent center Michael Nylander to a four-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nylander, 34, is a 6’1”, 195-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, who posted career highs in goals (26), assists (57) and points (83) in 79 games for the New York Rangers last season. His 15-year NHL career has spanned seven teams, including 74 games with the Capitals in 2002-03 and ’03-04. He has posted 189 goals and 420 assists (609 points) in 808 career games, with his two best offensive seasons coming in the past two years (162 points in 160 games).

Nylander ranked second on the Rangers in assists and points in 2006-07, while leading the team in goals (six) and points (13) in 10 playoff games. He ranked tied for 12th in the NHL in regular-season assists and tied for 21st in scoring, while his 14 power-play goals shared the Ranger team lead and ranked tied for 14th in the league. His 37 power-play points ranked tied for 16th in the league. Nylander’s 1.3 points per game in the playoffs led all players whose team reached at least the second round.

A third-round choice of the Hartford Whalers in 1991, Nylander has enjoyed seven 50-point seasons in the NHL, with at least 60 points in each of his last five full seasons in the league. He has scored 23 or more goals four times, including totals of 23 and 26 goals each of the last two seasons. He is a combined +43 in the last two years and has had a positive plus/minus rating in each of his last seven NHL seasons. In 2005-06 Nylander ranked third in the league with 62 even-strength points.

Nylander has represented Sweden in 13 international tournaments, including two Winter Olympics (1998, 2002), the World Cup of Hockey (1996), nine World Championships (1992, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’99, 2000, ’02, ’04  and ’06) and two World Junior Championships (1991, ’92). He was named the best forward at the 1997 World Championship and the 1992 World Junior Championship.

Michael Nylander
Position: Center
Born: Oct. 3, 1972 (Stockholm, Sweden) 
Height: 6’1”    Weight: 195    Shoots: Left
Drafted: Hartford’s third-round choice, 59th overall, in the 1991 Entry Draft
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 2, 2007.

CAREER STATISTICS

  Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW S GP G A Pts PIM
1989-90 Huddinge IK Sweden-2 31 7 15 22 4 - - - - - 5 3 0 3 0
1990-91 Huddinge IK Sweden-2 33 14 20 34 10 - - - - - 2 0 0 0 0
Sweden WJC 7 6 5 11 8 - - - - - - - - - -
1991-92 AIK Solina Sweden 40 11 17 28 30 - - - - - 3 1 4 5 4
Sweden WJC 7 8 9 17 6 - - - - - - - - - -
Sweden WC 6 0 1 1 0 - - - - - - - - - -
1992-93 Hartford NHL 59 11 22 33 36 -7 3 0 1 85 - - - - -
Springfield AHL - - - - - - - - - - 3 3 3 6 2
Sweden WC 7 1 7 8 4 - - - - - - - - - -
1993-94 Hartford NHL 58 11 33 44 24 -2 4 0 1 74 - - - - -
Springfield AHL 4 0 9 9 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Calgary NHL 15 2 9 11 6 10 0 0 0 21 3 0 0 0 0
1994-95 JYP HT Jyvaskyla Finland 16 11 19 30 63 - - - - - - - - - -
Calgary NHL 6 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 6 0 6 6 2
1995-96 Calgary NHL 73 17 38 55 20 0 4 0 6 163 4 0 0 0 0
Sweden WC 3 2 3 5 0 - - - - - - - - - -
1996-97 HC Lugano Swiss 36 12 43 55 28 - - - - - 8 3 8 11 8
Sweden W-Cup 4 2 1 3 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sweden WC 11 6 5 11 6 -                  
1997-98 Calgary NHL 65 13 23 36 24 10 0 0 2 117 - - - - -
Sweden Olympics 4 0 0 0 8 - - - - - - - - - -
1998-99 Calgary NHL 9 2 3 5 2 1 1 0 0 7 - - - - -
Tampa Bay NHL 24 2 7 9 6 -10 0 0 0 26 - - - - -
Sweden WC 10 2 4 6 8 - - - - - - - - - -
1999-00 Tampa Bay NHL 11 1 2 3 4 -3 1 0 0 10 - - - - -
Chicago NHL 66 23 28 51 26 9 4 0 2 112 - - - - -
Sweden WC 7 1 5 6 6 - - - - - - - - - -
2000-01 Chicago NHL 82 25 39 64 32 7 4 0 5 176 - - - - -
2001-02 Chicago NHL 82 15 46 61 50 28 6 0 2 158 5 0 3 3 2
Sweden Olympics 4 1 2 3 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Sweden WC 8 1 6 7 0 - - - - - - - - - -
2002-03 Chicago NHL 9 0 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 20 - - - - -
Washington NHL 71 17 39 56 36 3 7 0 2 141 6 3 2 5 8
2003-04 Washington NHL 3 0 2 2 8 1 0 0 0 1 - - - - -
Boston NHL 15 1 11 12 14 3 0 0 1 29 6 3 3 6 0
Sweden WC 7 2 4 6 8 - - - - - - - - - -
2004-05 Karpat Oulu Finland 23 5 15 20 22 - - - - - - - - - -
St. Petersburg Russia 8 2 5 7 0 - - - - - - - - - -
Ak Bars Kazan Russia 5 0 1 1 2 - - - - - - - - - -
2005-06 NY Rangers NHL 81 23 56 79 76 31 6 0 4 172 4 0 1 1 0
Sweden WC 6 1 8 9 4 - - - - - - - - - -
2006-07 NY Rangers NHL 79 26 57 83 42 12 14 0 4 193 10 6 7 13 0
CAPITALS TOTALS 74 17 41 58 44 4 7 0 2 142 6 3 2 5 8
NHL TOTALS 808 189 420 609 412 94 54 0 30 1507 44 12 22 34 12
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