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Your First Australian NHL Player Is Nathan Walker

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

When Nathan Walker was 6 years old, he laced up his in-line skates to play organized hockey for the first time in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.

His relentless, havoc-causing playing style quickly earned him the nickname Stormy.

"He used to skate the fastest from one end of the rink to the other, causing a storm," said Walker's mother, Ceri. "The name has stuck with him since then."

Still playing with the same seemingly endless energy, Walker is eager to make a name for himself with the Washington Capitals as the first Australian to play in the NHL. The 23-year-old left wing made the Capitals' opening night roster, but it's unclear if he'll play in their first game, at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Walker, who was born in Cardiff, Wales, before moving with his family to Sydney when he was 2, understands that his first NHL game, whenever it happens, will be significant not only for him and his family but also for Australia.

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Video- Tom Wilson Suspended Four Games

Suspension is for boarding.

Here is the explanation.

 

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Another Questionable Hit From Tom Wilson

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson could be facing discipline from the NHL’s department of player safety again, just eight days after he was suspended two preseason games for interference. Playing in St. Louis on Sunday, Wilson was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Blues forward Sam Blais....

Wilson’s suspension a week ago also came in a preseason game against the Blues, when his hit on Robert Thomas was deemed late and excessively forceful. On Sunday, St. Louis Coach Mike Yeo said Wilson’s boarding on Blais was “a predatory hit with a guy that apparently didn’t learn his lesson from the first suspension.” Blais was evaluated for a concussion, but he returned to the game.

“Maybe coming down a little bit harder on him will make him think a little bit more about it,” Yeo said. “It’s tough, going after vulnerable people.”

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Afternoon Line- Barry Trotz

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Offensive Issues A Concern For The Washington Capitals

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

The Washington Capitals might reflect on this preseason a few months from now and chuckle at all of the talk about their struggles in meaningless games. They might not remember these exhibitions at all, or how they were outscored 21-8 in the first six of them. The fact that just three of those eight goals have been at even strength may not be a sign of anything to come.

But it’s hard to have that foresight now and not wonder if the offensive woes of the preseason are signaling trouble for next week, when the games start to count. There’s a hefty grain of salt that comes with these exhibitions; the full lineup isn’t out there and its hard to manufacture intensity in glorified scrimmages.

But Coach Barry Trotz still found himself using words like “concerning” and “disturbing” after Washington again mustered just one goal in a 3-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. Trotz considered the effort against the Hurricanes a step in the right direction, but the Capitals are now 1-5 in preseason games with the final one in St. Louis on Sunday afternoon.

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Video- Good Job Washington Capitals

Lt. Joe Lemanek suprises his daughter.

 

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Do You Consider the Washington Capitals A Cup Contender?

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

"The expectations aren't as big from outside our locker room, but they're still the exact same inside," said Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. "We have some young guys coming up who can bring some new energy and life and change the dynamic a bit. It will be nice to kind of just bear down and get to work right from the start with a good camp, a competitive camp. Zone everything out and just play."

That could prove challenging for a team that has established something of a regular-season reputation over the past 10 seasons, over which the Caps have seven first-place finishes and three Presidents' Trophies -- awarded to the team with the NHL's best regular-season record -- but not a single conference final appearance to show for it. During that span, Washington has a 3-7 record in Game 7s and has been eliminated three times by Pittsburgh, with the Penguins going on to hoist the Stanley Cup each time.

"We get a lot of grief because we haven't gotten by Pittsburgh, but I do know for a 100 percent fact that no one has gotten by Pittsburgh in the last two years in the playoffs. We're not the only ones," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. "We have to put last year behind us. I look back at us and Pittsburgh in that seven-game series. That might have been the two best teams [in the league]."

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Video- Tom Wilson Suspended For The Next Two Preseason Games

Here is the explanation.

 

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Video- Tom Wilson Will Have A Hearing Today With Department Of Player Safety

First hearing for George Parros.

 

 

Video of the hit is below...

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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away

 

 

added 1:46pm, Ottawa release is below...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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