Braden Holtby is anticipated to search out the unrestricted free agent market when it opens Oct. 9, Washington Capitals fashioned manager Brian MacLellan acknowledged Tuesday.
Holtby, who turns 31 on Wednesday, has performed 10 seasons with the Capitals after being selected by them in the fourth spherical (No. 93) of the 2008 NHL Draft. The goalie is in the final season of a 5-twelve months, $30.5 million contract ($6.1 million realistic annual value) he signed July 24, 2015.
“I would count on him to head to free agency,” MacLellan acknowledged. “The goalie market is more seemingly to be a chunk unusually deep this twelve months. I talked to his agent closing week temporarily about where he is at and the more or less opportunities he is making an strive to search out.
“I would procure he goes to free agency, and we’ll help in contact with him for the length of the free agency duration to respect if he is getting what he wants.”
The Capitals are restricted in what they’ll offer Holtby because they’re projected to be in opposition to the NHL salary cap, which is willing to dwell $81.5 million subsequent season. With 23-twelve months-feeble Ilya Samsonov coming off a solid rookie season as Holtby’s backup, and him more seemingly to be Washington’s No. 1 subsequent season, it looks unlikely Holtby will be re-signed.
Samsonov modified into once 16-6-2 with a 2.55 dreams-in opposition to realistic and .913 keep percentage in 26 games (22 starts) in the frequent season. He didn’t play in the postseason due to an wound sustained sooner than the open of coaching camp in July.
After the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Islanders with a 4-0 loss in Game 5 of the Jap Convention First Round on Aug. 20, Holtby acknowledged it might per chance presumably have confidence been his closing recreation with Washington.
“Undoubtedly a chance it is far,” Holtby acknowledged. “Who knows? Are living finally at a time and fade from there.”
Holtby is coming off a disappointing frequent season, when he modified into once 25-14-6 in 48 games (47 starts) and had the worst GAA (3.11) and keep percentage (.897) of his NHL career. He modified into once 2-5-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .906 keep percentage in eight postseason starts.
Holtby is 2d among Capitals goalies in games performed (468) and wins (282), in the abet of Olie Kolzig (711 games, 301 wins), and Holtby and Kolzig are tied for first with 35 shutouts. Holtby gained the Vezina Trophy voted as top-of-the-line goalie in the NHL in 2015-16, and had a .922 keep percentage and two shutouts in 23 playoff games in 2018 to wait on the Capitals procure the Stanley Cup for the essential time.