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Nylander, now affordable, to try out with Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced through their Twitter feed on Wednesday that veteran forward Michael Nylander will attend their training camp next month on a tryout basis.

The Philadelphia Flyers announced through their Twitter feed on Wednesday that veteran forward Michael Nylander will attend their training camp next month on a tryout basis.

Nylander, who turns 39 in October, has not played in the NHL since the 2008-09 season, when he recorded nine goals and 24 assists in 72 games with Washington, part of his second career stint with the club.

The Capitals signed the Swede to a four-year deal that just expired at the end of the 2010-11 season, worth $19.5 million in total.

Washington decided eventually that the contract was too prohibitive, but Nylander went unclaimed by other clubs through the waiver wire. He has spent time the since his last NHL stint in Europe and the American Hockey League.

While playing for the Rochester Americans last season, Nylander injured a vertebra in his neck.

The Stockholm native racked up 209 goals and 470 assists in 920 NHL games, with stints with Hartford, Calgary, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Boston and the New York Rangers.

He was a teammate of recent Flyers acquisition Jaromir Jagr in both Washington and New York.