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Braden Holtby | Goalie

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 203
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Braden Holtby is thrilled to have a new goaltender coach as Mitch Korn has taken over the job.
Holtby struggled last season under coach Adam Oates with a 23-15-4 record to go with a 2.85 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The number one goaltender at the start of the season, Holtby spent lengthy portions of the season on the bench as Oates also played Philipp Grubauer, Michal Neuwirth and Jaroslav Halak. "I'm very familiar with what he brings to the table," Holtby said. "From our first meeting, I realized how experienced and how prepared he is and it's going to be a really fun time to pick his brain and learn as much as I can from him." The new backup should be Justin Peters. Look for Holtby to return to his 2013 form where he was 23-12-1 with a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Draft him accordingly. Sep 14 - 10:39 AM

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Braden Holtby appreciates that the Capitals have shown confidence in him during the off-season and he intends to prove himself this season.

"It's nice to have some confidence in you to start. But I always know in the past, and obviously the last few years, you're only as good as the game you start next," he said. "It's nice to have confidence in me that they believe in what I can do, and I do as well, but once we get on the ice, I want to fight for every game I can play and make sure that confidence is in the right place and it's up to me to find it." The coaching staff tried to change his style last year and he didn't adjust well to the moves. Holtby was better at the end of the season, but it was hectic year with Philipp Grubauer, Jaroslav Halak and Michal Neuvirth contesting for playing time. Washington appears to be more stable now with Holby as the starter and Justin Peters or Grubauer as the backup. Holtby feels he learned a lot from "an exhausting season" and he's excited for this campaign to get going. He could be an undervalued netminder to keep in mind on draft day.
Aug 6 - 11:19 AM

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.
Jul 6 - 10:21 AM

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.
Jun 17 - 11:20 AM

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 something to dream on here with the 24-year-old.
Jun 14 - 8:52 PM

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.
Apr 17 - 10:43 AM

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.
Apr 13 - 7:14 PM

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.
Apr 12 - 5:49 PM

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.
Apr 10 - 9:53 PM

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.
Apr 10 - 4:20 PM

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.
Apr 9 - 1:16 AM

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.
Apr 8 - 1:48 PM

Braden Holtby has kicked out 35 of 38 shots in regulation in Washington's 4-3 shootout victory.

Holtby allowed two goals on just eight shots in the second period, but he was perfect in the shootout. His role has been significantly diminished by the acquisition of Jaroslav Halak.
Apr 5 - 8:03 PM

Braden Holtby stopped 32 of 36 shots in a 4-2 loss to Boston on Saturday afternoon.

Holtby is competing with Jaroslav Halak down the stretch for playing time. His record drops to 20-15-3 on the season to go with a .911 save percentage and a 2.98 goals-against average.
Mar 29 - 3:28 PM

Goaltender Braden Holtby will get just his second start in 10 games today when the Capitals confront the Boston Bruins this afternoon in Washington.

Holtby made 36 stops in his last start against the San Jose Sharks on March 22 and is 3-1-0 against the Bruins in his career, including 1-1-0 this season, allowing four goals. "Holts played two good games in Boston and played a good game last time out," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "Jaro [Halak] gets a week to recuperate and we still feel we need both goalies." Oates said Holtby’s success against the Bruins – he also knocked them out of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs – is "always in the back of your mind" when making a decision. Oates said he intends to split his goalies this weekend, but reserves the right to change his mind, depending on how Holtby plays today. The Capitals are in Nashville Sunday night to face the Predators.
Mar 29 - 11:26 AM

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4Jay Beagle
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LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
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D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Karl Alzner
5Dmitry Orlov
6Brooks Orpik
7John Erskine
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G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters