You have to be wrong on Nylander because there's been nothing about this at all which leads me to believe it's a player option. And he already fired his agent because he had basically agreed in principle to a 3-year deal worth an average of 3.75 per.
So, he's going to hire a new agent and look to get even more money which is bad news for the Rangers.
There doesn't appear to be anything optional about the Nylander situation, if there is, it's a player option and he's already told them, quietly, because it hasn't been in the papers, that he doesn't want it. As Derek has noted, what he has done, and it has been in the papers, has fired the agent for negotiating a deal which was less than he wanted without consulting him. So, if there was a player option, he rejected it, was going for a new deal and his (now) former agent went and negotiated something behind his back with Sather and agreed to it without even checking with Nylander about the years and dollar amounts.
He's looking for a new agent. Says he wants to stay in NY, but wants fair market value, whatever that is. I have no idea what that means these days.
There are also rumors (and I stress these are rumors) that since Jagr has at most two years left (the second year is an option and I'm not sure whether is his Jagr's or the team's) and after that he has made it clear he is leaving for Europe, he's done with the NHL, that the Rangers aren't considering him part of the "strategic" plan past next season, that they may sign someone to a 1-year deal to play with him this year, but they will make longer-range plans which may include trying to make a major deal for the long-term at next season's trading deadline for one of the upcoming UFAs (with an understanding that that player would sign immediately), or a deal next summer. He may be one of the assets that can get them closer to the Cup in the next two years but they aren't going to keep trying to sign people because of him as a major part of their plan. Or maybe it's all a lot of smoke and mirrors.
Edited by SueNJ97, 08 June 2007 - 08:08 AM.