Twitter has become a great source for sports news in the past year, and the Philadelphia Flyers have been putting it to great use. On Wednesday, the Flyers announced that veteran free agent center Michael Nylander will attend the team’s training camp in September on a professional tryout contract.
Nylander, who will turn 39 in October, hasn’t played in the NHL since 2008-09 with the Washington Capitals when he tallied nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points in 72 games.
The Swedish center played in seven games with the Rochester Americans in the AHL last year before undergoing successful spinal fusion surgery in late October. He had four goals and two assists.
His last good season in the NHL came in 2006-07 when he was with the New York Rangers when he scored 26 goals and registered 83 points in 79 games. Both were career highs.
With Claude Giroux, Danny Briere, Brayden Schenn and Blair Betts on the roster, Nylander’s chance to make the Flyers are slim. He will have to outplay youngsters Matt Read, Ben Holmstrom, Tom Sestito and Zac Rinaldo.
A possible reason for the Flyers to invite Nylander to training camp is to give Jaromir Jagr a familiar face in the locker room to make the transition process from the KHL to a team that he dominated for his entire NHL career’s locker room.
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