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Blues Coach Mike Yeo calls Tom Wilson's hit on Sunday 'predatory'

Blues Coach Mike Yeo calls Tom Wilson's hit on Sunday 'predatory'

For the second time this preseason, Tom Wilson was involved in a controversial hit on a St. Louis player.

The first one resulted in a two exhibition game suspension for the rugged Caps winger. The second, well, we don’t know yet.

In the second period of Washington’s 4-3 win at Scottrade Center, Wilson was assessed a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct his hit on Blues winger Sammy Blais.


The game was not broadcast in Washington or St. Louis. There is, however, in-house video of the hit.

Although Blais returned after clearing the NHL’s concussion protocol, the Blues, as you might imagine, are not happy with Wilson.

“It’s a predatory hit with a guy that apparently didn’t learn his lesson from the first suspension,” Blues Coach Mike Yeo told reporters in St. Louis. “So, maybe coming down a little bit harder on him will make him think a little bit more about it. It’s tough going against vulnerable people.”  

Blais added: “I did not see it, but I think it was not a good hit. I didn’t see him coming. If I saw him coming I would protect myself. …I’m good right now.”

Wilson, who scored his second goal of the preseason earlier in the game, was suspended two preseason games on Sept. 23 for a late hit on St. Louis’ Robert Thomas the previous night.

That was the first suspension of Wilson’s career, so it means he’ll be considered a “repeat offender” the next time the NHL evaluates whether to mete out supplementary discipline over a play involving him.

After the suspension was announced last week, Wilson vowed to not change his hard-hitting style, saying, “I take pride in the clean, physical nature of my game. That goes on my record now and whether it comes up down the road or not, it doesn’t matter. It’s my first one and you never like that to happen. I’ll learn from it.”



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What does Tyler Graovac's injury mean for the Caps?

What does Tyler Graovac's injury mean for the Caps?

Tyler Graovac is week-to-week with an upper body that he suffered against Toronto on Tuesday night, Caps Coach Barry Trotz said.

Trotz was not more specific but it appeared as though the checking line forward was favoring his left shoulder. Graovac does not have a point in three games.

“Seven days, then asked me that question again,” said Trotz, pressed on how long he expects to be without Graovac.


What does the loss of Graovac—for a while, anyway—mean for the Caps?

Well, it means Barry Trotz has fewer options to turn to as he searches for the right mix of forwards. He'll also be without one of his more versatile players; Graovac has played a couple of games at wing, though he replaced an ill Lars Eller at center against the Leafs.

The team does not, however, have to make a roster move to replace Graovac. Even with the 24-year-old out, the Caps have 13 forwards available for their trip to Detroit, where they face the Red Wings on Friday night.

Based on Thursday’s practice, it appears Alex Chiasson will draw back into the lineup and Nathan Walker will come out.


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Caps work on team building by fighting each other in FBI training

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Caps work on team building by fighting each other in FBI training

How much better would your work environment be if you had a chance to pin a coworker or get them in a chokehold? Probably a lot. That's what the Caps are banking on.

The team visited the FBI Academy on Wednesday in a team building exercise that included raming doors and, of course, hand to hand combat.

Let's break down some of these wrestling matchups.

Braden Holtby appears to be thanking John Carlson for playing 27:33 on Tuesday.

It seems dangerous to pit a goalie against a defenseman. Carlson spends all of his time on the ice trying to protect Holtby. Just how hard was Carlson really trying to take down Holtby?

It's no surprise seeing Tom Wilson enjoying himself with the hand to hand combat. Whoever went up against him (it looks like Jay Beagle) certainly drew the short straw.

And then there's this.

Nicklas Backstrom is having way, way too much fun. Maybe Andre Burakovsky was getting a bit chesty in the locker room after his first NHL fight. Well, it seems Backstrom certainly put him in his place.