The Nylander deal is worth a total of $19.5 million (an annual cap hit of $4.875 million), and was reportedly less than he was being offered in Edmonton. The deal will pay Nylander $3 mil in the fourth year of the pact, so if his effectiveness has dwindled drastically by that point, a buyout would not be as costly.
Don’t bet on it. When Nylander was with the Caps a few years ago, he was among the best-conditioned athletes on the team. He will serve as the Caps’ No. 1 center and will help mentor young Swede Nicklas Backstrom as he prepares for his rookie NHL season. When Backstrom is ready to assume the role of No. 1 center, he can do so and Nylander can slide into the No. 2 slot.
Washington has added $10.875 million against the NHL’s salary cap in the first two days of free agency.