Braden Holtby G WAS 2 Months

By not signing veteran free agents Martin Brodeur or Tomas Vokoun, and by signing Justin Peters as a backup goalie, the Washington Capitals made it clear that they are sticking with Braden Holtby as their main man in net.

"We want Holtby to be our guy and we want him to be supported by a good backup," Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said after signing Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million contract. "Peters is a good backup in our mind and he has some upside, too. He's 28 years old, he's still a young guy. He's a good teammate, he gets along with the No. 1 guys he's played with, so we thought it was a match that way. I mean, if you bring in an older, experienced guy it's going to cost us more money and it might have been a little more pressure on Holtby. We wanted to send a message to Holtby that he's our No. 1 guy." Holtby had a career-worst .915 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average last season, which makes next season a huge one considering Holtby is entering the final season of a two-year, $3.7 million contract.

Braden Holtby G WAS 3 Months

The Washington Capitals plan to stick with Braden Holtby as their starting goaltender for the 2014-15 campaign.

Holtby had a 2.85 GAA and .915 save percentage in 48 games last season, but Capitals GM Brian MacLellan thinks he'll bounce back. The fact that the Capitals' coaching staff is changing could help Holtby as the 24-year-old netminder didn't feel comfortable with former coach Adam Oates' goaltending strategy.

Braden Holtby G WAS 3 Months

Braden Holtby ended up tied for sixth on five-on-five save percentage this season.

He had a .930 mark when considering goalies who played at least 41 games. This is notable because the Capitals will now presumably be firming up their structure and playing a little more defensive minded on a whole under new coach Barry Trotz. With an overall .915 save percentage, Holtby didn't seem to have the best of seasons, but this gives fantasy owners some perspective that there is some upside to dream on here with the 24-year-old.

Braden Holtby G WAS 5 Months

Braden Holtby suggested that his struggles this season were partially caused by changes the coaching staff wanted him to make.

"It's obviously been well documented the changes that we tried," Holtby said. "Nothing against what the philosophy was, it just didn't coincide with my personality and my natural instincts. The changes led to a lot of second guessing myself and over-thinking things. The moment you start doing that you start to struggle, and when you struggle your confidence goes down a bit." Holtby had a 2.85 GAA and .915 save percentage in 48 games this season. If the Capitals re-sign Jaroslav Halak, then Holtby will have to fight hard for the starting job.

Braden Holtby G WAS 5 Months

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby saw his 2013-14 season end in an odd way, as he logged a 32-save shutout but didn't win because the Tampa Bay Lightning won 1-0 via a shootout.

Holtby carried a three-game winning streak into Sunday. He finishes the season with solid stats (23-15-4, .915 save percentage, four shutouts) that might not be good enough for the Caps' brass. In a way, it fits the team: solid at times, but ultimately not good enough.

Braden Holtby G WAS 5 Months

Braden Holtby is expected to start in Sunday's finale versus Tampa Bay.

He has won his past three outings, but it's a bit odd that Jaroslav Halak isn't getting the nod after he shut out Chicago on Friday night.

Braden Holtby G WAS 5 Months

Braden Holtby was solid for the Capitals Thursday as they defeated Carolina by a score of 5-2.

With Washington eliminated from playoff contention, it's a case of too-little, too-late for Holtby in real terms, but his fantasy owners still appreciate the gesture. The Caps goaltender blocked 36 of 38 shots to improve his record to 23-15-3. His GAA is now 2.92 while his save percentage is .913.

Braden Holtby G WAS 5 Months

Braden Holtby is expected to start again in Thursday's game against Carolina.

He made 28 stops in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night to post his second straight win.

Braden Holtby G WAS 5 Months

Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 29 as the Capitals downed the Blues 4-1 on Tuesday night to stay within four points of a playoff spot with three games to go.

Holtby was solid on Tuesday, winning his second straight game and taming one of the league's best offences. The 24 year old is 22-15-1 with a .912 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average.

Braden Holtby G WAS 5 Months

Braden Holtby will get the nod against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Jaroslav Halak was originally penciled in as the probable starter, but he didn't feel comfortable playing against his former team so soon after the trade. Holtby has a 2.99 GAA and .911 save percentage in 45 games in 2013-14.