Maybe this means nothing, but it is interesting to see that Capitals center Michael Nylander is a healthy scratch for Friday's game against New Jersey, according to the Washington Post.
Nylander's name has been linked in trade rumors with the Hawks dating back to training camp, and they have grown louder this week.
Nylander has just 1 assist in the last seven games and has played soft. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters Friday morning that Nylander was being rested, which seems strange considering center Sergei Fedorov also is out of the lineup with an ankle injury.
Nylander is signed through 2011 and has a no-trade clause, although he might be willing to waive it in order to return to Chicago. Nylander loved playing and living here and kept his house long after leaving the Hawks.
I'm not sure Nylander is the kind of center Dale is looking for, particularly because of his age. I'm sure Tallon would love to add someone younger, although Nylander has the kind of skill the GM is seeking to play with Marty Havlat.
This just in...
Barry Melrose has been fired as coach in Tampa Bay after a 5-7-4 start. Think Barry regrets leaving that cushy ESPN gig?
Rick Tocchet was named interim head coach.