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.

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Montreal Canadiens Sign Alex Semin to One-Year Deal

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Alex Semin has finally signed and it’s not with Washington, darn it. The Montreal Canadiens announced that the Russian forward had agreed to a one-year deal. According to Renaud Lavoie, it’s for $1.1 million.

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While Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Caps in playoff goals (along with Alex Ovechkin) and carved out a spot in the top six last year, he doesn’t seem satisfied. Wednesday morning via a photo from @jgains, the Caps’ second-line center was out at Kettler alone doing skating and shooting drills. And apparently, this has been a routine thing.

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From @jus_SANTANA and forwarded to us from the DC Sports Bog, we have an image that at first is very, very confusing. It’s Martin Lawrence wearing the Caps’ red, retro (and now new third) jersey on an episode of his self-titled sitcom Martin.

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Washington Capitals forward Stan Galiev is on vacation with his wife Olya in Vietnam, and they’re having some new experiences. And by “new experiences” I mean eating some of the most disgusting things you can imagine – things I’m not even sure Andrew Zimmern would put in his mouth.

This weekend, for example, they ate scorpion kabobs.

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For those of you who thought Mike Green in a #25 Red Wings jersey was weird, take a look at Troy Brouwer‘s new Blues sweater. The Big Lebrowski will wear #36 in St. Louis with assistant captain Alexander Steen already wearing #20.

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Former Cap Joel Ward and current Cap Tom Wilson will paint the line in an upcoming charity ping pong tournament. Smashfest, held next Thursday in Toronto, is a celebrity table-tennis tournament held to raise money for rare cancer and head injury research.

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Caps Re-sign RFA Chris Brown to Two-Year Deal

Thursday evening, the Capitals announced that they re-signed restricted free-agent Chris Brown to a two-year, two-way contract. That leaves goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Marcus Johansson, who both elected arbitration last week, as the only RFAs the team has left to sign.

During the summer, MacLellan has talked about how Brown, who the team acquired from the Coyotes for Martin Erat, will have every opportunity to make the team’s bottom six out of training camp.

“We’re going to give Galiev a shot,” MacLellan said to Mike Vogel. “Chris Brown is going to get a shot. [Goaltender Philipp] Grubauer is going to get a shot and [Nate Schmidt] is going to get a shot. We’ve got some guys who have put in some time development-wise [at AHL Hershey], and it’s going to be up to them to perform. They’ll all have chances to make the roster.”

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TJ Oshie Surprises Libby Lu With Caps Jersey

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Two weeks ago, long-time St. Louis Blue TJ Oshie was traded to the Washington Capitals for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley, and a third-round pick. While we were sad to see Brouwer go (especially the Brouwer Rangers), one fan out in the midwest had an even more difficult time dealing with Oshie’s departure: five-year-old Libby Lu.

After seeing the video, Oshie surprised Libby on SportsCenter three days later, promising her a new Caps jersey (and the use of his swimming pool). Well, I can report that the new jersey part did indeed happen.

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Much like the New Horizons spacecraft, one of our RMNB t-shirts recently traveled to a whole new world thanks to super famous Leafs blogger/Sportsnet contributor Steve Dangle.

See if you can spot it.

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