Okay. Not great news, but it wont be the death of us either. The difference between this year's team and the Caps from last season is that we have more depth. Not a ton, but a little more. Clark needs to get healthy soon, and Pettinger, Gordon, Laich, Green, Kozlov, Backstom and Semin all need to start finding the back of the net, or continue hitting it. IF the Caps can do that, they will be okay.
Veteran center Michael Nylander is scheduled to have surgery on his torn left rotator cuff and will miss three to six months, I'm told.
If you remember, on Jan. 8, I wrote that a source had told me that Nylander's shoulder was worse that the Caps were letting on -- the team said yesterday that he was taking the day off from practice -- and that surgery was a strong possibility. Well, now it's official.
Nylander, who has been playing in pain for more than a month and was unable to sleep because of the injury, was the Caps' second leading scorer with 11 goals and 26 assists. He also was a team-worst minus-19.
GM George McPhee will be speaking to the media soon.