You can now put down your paper bags. Braden Holtby has finally re-signed, inking a five-year, $30.5 million contract. The multi-year deal will keep the Holtbea$t in Washington until 2020.
Under new goaltending coach Mitch Korn last season, Holtby was pretty good at the hockey, finishing first in the NHL in total saves (1887), second in wins (41), second in shutouts (9), and seventh in save percentage (.923). He tied Capitals records for games played (73), wins (41), and shutouts (9). He was sensational in the playoffs too. He finished fourth in the race for the Vezina trophy.
Today’s signing on the line which is dotted ends a longer-than-anticipated process of locking up the 25-year-old goaltender, even though really, this always happens with restricted free agents. After targeting Holtby as his number one priority in June, GM Brian MacLellan could not get Holtby to sign until a day after the two sides’ arbitration hearing in Toronto Thursday. Holtby had asked for $8 million while the team countered at $5.1 million.
$6.1 million though seems pretty good to us. Welcome back, Holtsy.