Morning Skate: Free-agent disappointments 

December, 4, 2007
Last week, I gave you my short list of free-agents pickups who are earning their dollars. On the other side of the puck, there have been a couple of skaters who haven't quite found their way with their new clubs. Here are three big-money summer acquisitions who need to pick up their games.

Michael Nylander, Capitals
The 35-year-old playmaking pivot has been getting his points, piling up 25 in 27 games. For the record, he has scored more than half of those points (13) on the power play. His two-way game, however, has been terrible. He is a team-worst minus-12. Nylander has too often been coughing up the puck in the defensive zone and dangerous areas of the ice. That's not good. On a struggling young team, Nylander has to set a better example in his two-way play. Right now, he has a lot of room for improvement.