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NHL goes by book on Nylander controversy

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

As far as the National Hockey League is concerned, the contract Michael Nylander signed with the Washington Capitals stands.

"To our knowledge, there has been only one Standard Player's Contract executed and filed with the league, and under our CBA, that contract should be enforceable," the league said in an e-mail yesterday.

However, it doesn't mean league officials won't investigate the circumstances surrounding Edmonton's claim.

"If, after reviewing all of the relevant facts here,'' the statement continued, "there has been a breach of a contractual commitment, we will certainly assist the Oilers in any way we can in seeking an appropriate remedy.

"We are not in a position at this point to speculate as to what those remedies might be."

It's not out of the realm of possibility that Edmonton could take legal action against Nylander and Gillis for damages suffered.

Nylander and his agent, Mike Gillis, have gone underground since the Oilers issued their claim on Tuesday.

Nylander, speaking to the Washington Post before the controversy broke, said several clubs made offers for his services on July 1, but Washington was always in the back of his mind.

"It was a busy, busy day," he said, referring to Monday.

"It was hard for different reasons. It's tough emotionally. It's been a roller coaster."

It's been rumoured that while Gillis was negotiating with the Oilers, Nylander was negotiating with the Capitals, and it's unclear if the right hand knew what the left hand was doing.


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