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Tom Wilson ejected after ‘predatory hit’ in Capitals’ preseason finale

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Tom Wilson, who has already served a two-game suspension this preseason, was ejected from Sunday’s exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues.

Wilson received a major penalty for boarding for a hit on Blues’ forward Sam Blais during the second period, and was also given a game misconduct.

That marks the second incident Wilson has been involved in versus the Blues this preseason. He caught forward Robert Thomas with a late hit on Sept. 22, resulting in the two-game ban.

The Blues certainly aren’t happy with Wilson following these two recent incidents.

Per reports, Blais underwent concussion protocol but did return to the game.

Khudobin’s impressive preseason performance ‘bodes well’ for Bruins

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Anton Khudobin wasn’t perfect for the Boston Bruins on Saturday. But he was close, turning aside 35 of 36 shots faced against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Only Patrick Sharp was able to solve the Bruins’ netminder, scoring late in the third period as Chicago recorded a 1-0 win.

Still, that’s two very good performances in the preseason for Khudobin, who also stopped 20 of 22 shots against Detroit, and they come at a time when the Bruins are facing a logjam in net with Malcolm Subban also looking to earn a spot as the back-up behind Tuukka Rask.

“Dobby was very good. The shot that beat him was an excellent shot by Sharp – he scores from there a lot,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “He was very good and I’m sure he’d be happy with his game for the most part. There’s always things you can clean up, but two solid efforts in the preseason for Dobby. That bodes well for our season. If his game’s on, that’s gonna help us a lot.”

A first-round pick of the Bruins in 2012, Subban entered training camp with the belief that he could play at the NHL level. He has two games experience with Boston, but has spent the vast majority of his professional career developing his game in the American Hockey League. That said, he has also been sharp when he’s had his opportunity during this preseason.

Now 23 years old, Subban does, according to reports, require waivers if the Bruins decide to send him down to Providence, which adds to the difficulty of any impending decision, as the Bruins look to improve at the back-up position for this season.

“Look, he requires waivers,” general manager Don Sweeney told the Boston Herald. “We’re trying to manage it, as other teams are at this point, and we have other players that require waivers and we’re just trying to field the best team we possibly can and asset management is a part of it.”

Khudobin, now 31 years old, played 16 times for Boston last season, posting a .904 save percentage.

Oilers send 2016 first-round pick Puljujarvi back to the AHL

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Jesse Puljujarvi is back on his way to the American Hockey League.

On Sunday, the Oilers sent the 19-year-0ld Puljujarvi, the fourth overall pick in 2016, to the Bakersfield Condors, after he scored twice with three points in five preseason games for Edmonton.

It appears the play of 2017 first-round pick Kailer Yamamoto through training camp could’ve played a role in the decision to send Puljujarvi to the minors, where he scored 12 goals and 28 points in 39 games last season.

Yamamoto is listed at only 5-foot-8 tall, but he’s been very productive throughout his junior career and has impressed during training camp to the point where beginning the season in Edmonton has become a real possibility.

The Oilers have the option of keeping Yamamoto with the NHL club to start the year, giving him nine games of experience and then sending him back to junior without using up a year of his entry-level contract.

It’s official: Blues sign Upshall to one-year deal

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He’s back.

After starting the preseason with the Vancouver Canucks on a professional tryout, Scottie Upshall is officially back with the St. Louis Blues, who have announced a one-year, one-way deal for the 33-year-old winger.

The news Sunday isn’t a surprise.

After spending the last two seasons in St. Louis, Upshall had most recently left the Canucks camp amid reports he was going to sign once again with the Blues, who will be without forward Robby Fabbri for the entire season.

Last season, Upshall scored 10 goals and 18 points in 73 games.

Per reports, the Blues also had discussions about free agent forward Jaromir Jagr, who sat out this weekend’s action in the Czech Republic while awaiting possible word on his NHL future.

Related: Possible bad news for Jagr? Blues reportedly sign Upshall

Senators send prospect d-man Chabot to the minors

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Thomas Chabot has been sent to the American Hockey League, the day after a difficult outing versus the Montreal Canadiens in preseason action.

The Senators lost 9-2 to the Habs. Craig Anderson allowed six goals and Mike Condon wasn’t able to fare much better, giving up three goals on 10 shots. Ottawa, as a team, was held to just 17 shots on goal throughout the entire game. So, it was a nightmare for everyone dressed in a Senators uniform.

Chabot had a minus-five rating, and was reassigned to Belleville in the AHL the following afternoon, the Senators announced.

The Senators had high hopes for Chabot, their 2015 first-round pick, heading into camp, particularly with Marc Methot now in Dallas and Erik Karlsson‘s status for opening night still in question as he continues his comeback from offseason foot surgery. Prior to training camp, Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion had gone so far as to say that he believed Chabot could step into the lineup to begin the season.

Chabot made his Senators debut last season, appearing in one game before he was sent back to junior, where he enjoyed another impressive campaign.

He is still just 20 years old and has shown plenty of potential throughout his junior career, so getting sent to the AHL to help develop his game isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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