“This is a part of our business,” said coach Mike Babcock. “Any time you’re the player and you’re not here today, it’s hard on you as a player. You want to be here. The guys would like you here and I’d like you here.
Babcock chose to look on the bright side of not having Nylander around as 40 forwards vie for jobs.
“We get to find another player,” said Babcock. “Someone is going to play with (Auston) Matthews that wasn’t going to play with Matthews. They’re going to get a heck of an opportunity and we might find a player out of that, and then we’re ahead of the game.