Braden Holtby G WSH 7 days ago

The Washington Capitals signed goaltender Braden Holtby to a five-year, $30.5 million contract Friday, according to the Canadian Press. Holtby earned the long-term deal after his best statistical season in 2015, when he tallied a career-best 41 wins and finished top-10 in the league in goals-against average and save percentage. General Manager Brian MacLellan had nothing but praise for Holtby after the deal was signed, saying that he believes he will be a key factor in the success of the team for years to come.“Braden emerged as a top NHL goaltender and we are pleased to sign him to a long-term contract,” MacLellan said. “We feel Braden is just entering his prime and in his young career has already established himself as one of the best goaltenders in the history of our franchise. He is an athletic goaltender with a tremendous work ethic and is a big part of our future.”

Braden Holtby G WSH 4 weeks ago

Holtby filed for salary arbitration on Sunday, and will have his hearing heard during the arbitration period from July 20th to August 4th, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

If he goes through arbitration, Holtby will receive a contract with a maximum term of two years, the Capitals choice given that Holtby's camp chose to file for arbitration. An arbitration period certainly imposes a specific timeframe for the Capitals to work out a long-term extension for Holtby, who is coming off a career year in which he posted a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage en route to a 41-20-10 record over 73 games during the regular season.

Rounding out a season worthy of Vezina consideration (although he was not a finalist for the award), Holtby turned in an outstanding post-season effort cut short by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, but not before winning six games with a 1.71 GAA and .944 save percentage. All signs point to a big pay day for Holtby who has emerged as one of the league's top goaltenders, and while the Capitals are unlikely to let him slip away, there does appear to be some roadblocks in getting a deal done at the moment.

Braden Holtby G WSH 3 months ago

Holtby stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced in Wednesday's 2-1 OT loss to the Rangers.

Derek Stepan's game winner in overtime clinched the series for the Rangers, sending Holtby and the Caps home after they held a 3-1 series lead. Holtby played extremely well in the playoffs, though, recording a save percentage of .944 and a 1.71 GAA overall.

Braden Holtby G WSH 3 months ago

Holtby will get the start Wednesday for Game 7 against the Rangers, Mike Vogel of washingtoncaps.com reports.

Holtby has been stellar for much of Washington's series against New York, but allowed four goals on 28 shots in a Game 6 loss. He'll remain in net Wednesday as the Capitals look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Braden Holtby G WSH 3 months ago

Holtby finally saw his hot streak come to an end Sunday, as he gave up four goals on 28 shots in a 4-3 Game 6 defeat at the hands of the Rangers.

Holtby has been simply magnificent in these playoffs, and particularly in the first five games against the Rangers, during which he stopped a whopping 162 of 169 shots (.959), but the Blueshirts finally got to him in this one. The goals were painful ones, too. Chris Kreider powered in and put a backhander past him just 40 seconds into the game, then scored again with 0.3 seconds remaining in the first period. Then in the third, Rick Nash became the second Ranger in the game to beat Holtby in a period's first minute. Holtby still made a number of outstanding saves to keep this game -- dominated for long stretches by the Rangers in the first two periods -- close, but he was still uncharacteristically beatable. He'll look to avoid another playoff disappointment against the Rangers when the series returns to New York for Game 7 on Wednesday.

Braden Holtby G WSH 3 months ago

Holtby will start between the pipes again for Game 6 on Sunday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Holtby doesn't really need confirmation, as the Capitals weren't going to look anywhere else, but he will indeed start in the cage. He's coming off a tough overtime loss Friday in which he set aside 41 of the 43 shots he faced. He and the Caps look to close things out Sunday against at home against the Rangers.

Braden Holtby G WSH 3 months ago

Holtby stopped 41 of 43 shots in Friday's Game 5 overtime loss to the Rangers.

Another fantastic outing from Holtby, who has stopped 99 of the last 102 shots he's faced. The 25-year-old is sporting a remarkable .951 save percentage in these playoffs and is a huge reason why Washington is currently leading the Rangers 3-2 in their best-of-seven series. With the battle shifting back to Washington for Game 6, look for Holtby to have a strong outing at home in hopes of closing out the series and propelling the Capitals to the Eastern Conference Final.

Braden Holtby G WSH 3 months ago

Holtby will be in net in Friday's Game 5 against the Rangers, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

It's no surprise that the Caps are continuing to roll with Holtby against the Rangers, as he's been lights out this postseason. He's allowed five goals on 126 shots against the Rangers thus far in the Capitals' second round series for an outstanding .960 save percentage. If he is able to post a similar performance in Friday's Game 5, the Capitals will likely be moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Braden Holtby G WSH 3 months ago

Holtby made 28 saves on 29 shots, and stopped a penalty shot, in a Game 4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

Holtby has been the difference for this Capitals team in comparison to teams from prior seasons. He's been outstanding this postseason, and now Washington is one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals. If they win it all, Holtby could be in line for a Conn Smythe.

Braden Holtby G WSH 3 months ago

Holtby is in line to start Wednesday's Game 4 against the Rangers.

It's a virtual lock that barring an injury, Holtby -- who stopped all 30 of the shots that he saw in Monday's Game 3 win over the Rangers -- will start all of the Caps' postseason contests, with the same assumption also applicable to New York's Henrik Lundqvist.