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Braden Holtby | Goalie

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 208
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Braden Holtby said he tried to escape from hockey this summer.
Holtby stayed off the ice for most of the summer so that he could train in the gym and take care of things around the house. "The clearer my mind is during hockey season the better, and the less you can drain it the better you are," he said. "The more excited you are, the easier is to prepare. You don’t feel it as a grind, you feel it as a challenge of being able to escape from a summer and clear your mind, coming in with a blank slate is key." The Capitals will surely be looking for another fantastic season from their franchise goaltender. Sep 5 - 9:53 AM

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Braden Holtby believes the Washington Capitals grew a lot as a team last season.

"We grew a lot as a team and as an organization last year in order to gain the experience and confidence to groom ourselves into an elite level team," said Holtby. We’re getting there. It’s not going to be easy after last year. We still have to keep pushing forward, finding ways to get better and finding what the secret is to win a Stanley Cup. That’s ultimately what pushes us as players and the whole organization – to try to get better and to try to figure out the winning formula and that’s what we’re going to do. As long as it takes we’re going to do it."
Jul 26 - 9:54 AM

Braden Holtby admitted that he is relieved that he and the Capitals were able to come to terms on a new contract.

The two sides did take part in an arbitration hearing but they were still able to agree on a long-term deal after the hearing took place. "Obviously it’s a little nerve-racking when you want to be part of this group," Holtby said. "I’m very relieved to have it over with and now we can just focus on the real thing, my job and accomplishing our goals as a team." The 25-year-old posted a 41-20-10 record with a 2.22 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage in 73 games last season.
Jul 25 - 9:43 AM

Braden Holtby has inked a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals.

Holtby and the Capitals already had their arbitration hearing, but they were still allowed to come to an agreement independent of the arbitrator because a judgment hadn't been made. Holtby was asking for $8 million while Washington countered with $5.1 million. This new deal leans closer to Washington's request in terms of the annual cap hit, but that seems only fair given the term Holtby is getting. He is still a bit of a risk given his somewhat inconsistent career to this point, but there's no question he has the potential to live up to this deal and then some. He had a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 73 games last season.
Jul 24 - 3:18 PM

Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals weren't able to agree to terms before their scheduled arbitration hearing.

Holtby requested a salary of $8 million while Washington has countered at $5.1 million. Although the ideal would have obviously been to settle before the hearing, there's still a chance that the two sides will agree to terms before the arbitrators ruling. Holtby had a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 73 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 23 - 8:13 PM

Braden Holtby's agent, Lewis Gross, doesn't think a potential arbitration hearing between the team and his client will be problematic.

There's the fear that such a hearing might ultimately hurt a team's relationship with the player in question, but Gross argues that it's all professional. "The team is usually trying to find the negatives and the player is trying to find the positives," Gross said. "But at the end of the day, the team wants the player to perform and they want him back. If they didn't want the player back they wouldn't have even qualified him with a contract offer." Holtby is asking for $8 million from the arbitrator while the Capitals have countered at $5.1 million. His hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Jul 22 - 10:21 PM

Braden Holtby is requesting an $8 million salary from the arbitrator.

The Washington Capitals have filed a $5.1 million counter request. While $8 million seems too high for Holtby given that he's not far removed from his rough 2013-14 campaign, it wouldn't be surprising to see the two sides settle on the middle ground of about $6.5 million. His arbitration hearing is set for Thursday. He had a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 73 games last season.
Jul 21 - 12:04 PM

Braden Holtby's arbitration date is July 23.

Holtby is coming off of a two-year, $3.7 million contract. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan claimed that they've made him an "aggressive" offer so we'll see where that leads. He's set to get a big raise though after posting a 41-20-10 record, 2.22 GAA, and .923 save percentage last season.
Jul 13 - 6:17 PM

The Washington Capitals have made Restricted Free-Agent Braden Holtby an aggressive offer.

"I think we’ve made an aggressive offer with Holtby, hoping to get it done sooner than later," GM Brian MacLellan said. "I like what we’ve offered. We’ve offered a term deal with a good salary. The total dollars is pretty significant. Unfortunately, I guess you play it out. If you’ve got to go to arb, you’ve got to go to arb. It’s part of the process." Holtby had a 41-20-10 record with 2.22 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage.
Jul 12 - 11:21 AM

Capitals' goaltender Braden Holtby has filed for salary arbitration.

Holtby and the Capitals have been unable to agree to terms on a new contract yet, but that doesn't mean they won't be able to before the hearing takes place. The 25-year-old had a 41-20-10 record with a 2.22 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage last season.
Jul 5 - 6:25 PM

There is no new news on the contract talks between Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals.

Holtby will be a restricted free agent on July 1 and while he is the priority for the Capitals at this time, there has been little to no progress. Holtby was outstanding this past season with a 41-20-10 mark to go with a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage. If anything, he was better in the playoffs with a 1.71 GAA and a .944 save percentage in leading Washington into the second round.
Jun 21 - 8:30 AM

The Washington Capitals and RFA Braden Holtby are working on a new contract.

"We're trying to get a good deal done for both parties," GM Brian MacLellan said. He's a priority for us. I think we'll get it done." The Capitals are in a tricky spot with just $19.23M in cap space remaining with only 14 players signed. Plus RFA's Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johannson are also "priorities" to sign, along with possibly one of UFA's Eric Fehr and Joel Ward. As for Holtby, "You just have to make sure he’s the real deal," MacLellan said. He broke out last season to a 41-20-10 record with 45 Quality Starts, a .923 save percentage and a 2.22 GAA. Holtby then followed up his league-leading 73 starts, 2,044 shots against, 1,887 saves, 4247 minutes with a stellar postseason. He posted a .944 save percentage and allowed just 23 goals in 13 games with nine Quality Starts in two rounds of play. Holtby may be proven that he's "the real deal."

Braden Holtby is aiming for a longer term deal, but he did feel motivated by this being a contract season.

Holtby saw value in that, but ultimately he's aiming for some job security. He should be able to get it too after posting a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 73 contests. He's a restricted free agent, so it would be surprising if he didn't re-sign with Washington.
May 15 - 6:05 PM

Braden Holtby made 37 saves as the Capitals fell 2-1 in overtime to the Rangers in Game 7 of their second-round series Wednesday night.

Kevin Hayes beat him after perfect cross-ice pass on the power play in the second period, and Derek Stepan won it off a rebound in overtime. Holtby was simply sensational through much of the playoffs, though, posting a sub-.900 save percentage just twice. Further, Holtby has more than proven this season that he is a first-rate goalie worthy of the praise that comes with the league’s best netminders. He had a 1.71 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in the playoffs. In all, he was a horse in net for Washington, playing 86 games this season.
May 13 - 11:28 PM

Braden Holtby will be between the pipes for the winner-takes-all Game 7 Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Hotlby will be playing in his fifth Game 7 in just three playoff seasons and has a 2-2 record in those games so far, while the Caps will be playing its ninth Game 7 since 2008, which is tied for the most in the NHL during that span. The Washington goalie enters the game with an excellent 1.71 goals-against-average and .944 save percentage in 12 games this postseason and is coming off a 24 save performance in Sunday’s Game 6 4-3 loss.
May 13 - 7:13 PM

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