Seven weeks after making hockey history, Nathan Walker was waived by the Caps on Thursday with the intention of sending him to Hershey.
If the 23-year-old winger clears waivers, he’ll rejoin the Bears, the AHL team for whom he played the past four seasons.
Walker made Washington’s opening night roster and then, after sitting out the season opener, became the first Australian to suit up in an NHL game when he made his debut against Montreal on Oct. 7. He even scored in that game, thanks to a Devante Smith-Pelly shot deflecting in off of him.
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Walker, however, was unable to become a mainstay in Coach Barry Trotz’s lineup. He appeared in just seven of the Caps’ 25 games and played in back-to-back contests only once. Over the past nine games, in fact, Walker suited up just once.
And, as Trotz said, there’s only one way to get better.
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“You can only build your game on the ice, so [we're] going to see if he clears waivers,” Trotz said after the morning skate. “He's gotta play. He's a good young man, but he's still got to build his game.”
Teams have until noon on Friday to put a claim in on Walker, who had a goal, no assists and four shots on net.
Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books.
Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs.
The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993.
"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.
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On Wednesday night ESPN hosts their yearly sports award show, the ESPYs, to celebrate the best of the last 365 days in sport.
One thing they will not be celebrating, or did not even consider celebrating, was Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
This year there were 16 plays nominated to be the “Best Play” and were seeded into a bracket. For the past month fans have been voting in each head-to-head matchup culminating in four pretty outstanding plays:
All of those plays can be viewed here.
Three of those four were in a championship game, the other was a just a once in a lifetime play from a teenager.
But the ESPYs are saying that there are 16 plays from this past year that were better than Holtby’s save… Can we really believe that? Everyone loves buzzer beaters, but they accounted for six of the 16 plays. One of them could have easily gotten bumped.
And aside from the three listed above there were only two that were in the championship event for each sport. Holtby could have rounded it out for six.
We’re not saying that Holtby’s play was the best in the past year, or even in the top four. Heck, there should be no one that tops Ogunbowale’s incredible heroics. But arguably the best play in D.C. sports history not making the top-16 for best plays in a 365 day period?
It must have been one heck of a sports year.
For those that are nominated, Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for Best Male Athlete and Best NHL Player. The Capitals are in the running for Best Team.