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Caps place Nylander on waivers

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  December 9, 2009 02:07 PM

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Former Bruins center Michael Nylander, who bolted town as a free agent just ahead of the 2004-'05 lockout, this afternoon was placed on waivers by the Washington Caps.

Nylander, 37, carries a cap number of $4.875 millon through next season, earning salaries of $5.5 million this season, dropping to $3 million in 2010-'11.

The skilled Swedish center has seen his offensive production dissipate dramatically since signing with the Caps as a free agent in July 2007.

He likely will not be acquired on waivers immediately, but could be grabbed by a club later, on ''recall'' waivers, when his hit against the cap would be reduced by 50 percent--the other 50 percent to be assumed by the Caps.

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