Oilers mum on the one that got away

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

No Nylander. No comment.

Despite rumours and an erroneous radio report and the allegedly waiting all day for returned paperwork, Michael Nylander did not become an Edmonton Oiler yesterday.

So upset at whatever transpired when the Washington Capitals announced they'd signed the free agent to a four year deal yesterday afternoon, Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe was said to be so livid he refused to talk about it, even to a Sun Media reporter parked outside the team officies for two hours.

Lowe, who was left at the altar on the floor headed to the trade registration desk after believing he had a deal done at the NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, remains unsuccessful after two days of the free agent frenzy.

He was left without a point producer up front to go with puck-moving defenceman Joni Pitkanen acquired in trade the day before.

The Oilers gave up captain Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul in the deal for Geoff Sanderson and a third-round draft choice in 2009.

Lowe and other Oiler executives remained in their offices to continue to try lure a free agent forward to go with Ales Hemsky and replace the points lost from the lineup with the loss of Ryan Smyth.

Nylander was second in scoring to linemate Laromir Jagr with the New York Rangers with 26 goals, 57 assists and 83 points.

He led the Rangers in playoff scoring with six goals and seven assists for 13 points in the playoffs.

The Capitals signed the centre to a US$19.5-million, four-year contract.

It is not known what the Oilers' offered the 15-year veteran.


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