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02-23-2011, 11:31 PM
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Braden Holtby (Now: Playoff Goaltending)

As far as Washington's future goaltending is concerned, there's Varlamov and there's Neuvirth. But then there's also Braden Holtby, who has really impressed me in on limited viewing, once against the Leafs, once tonight against the Marlies in the AHL and then I think one other time as well. He's big, agile, athletic, made two great glove saves on point blank slappers in the shootout tonight. Where does he fall in the grand scheme of Capitals goalies of the future? Definitely a guy to keep an eye on, could be special.

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02-23-2011, 11:37 PM
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I seem to remember hearing something about Irbe being a big fan. That could mean that Varlamov or Neuvirth is the odd-man out when they have to make the move and a lot could ride on one of those guys having a great playoffs.

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I seem to remember hearing something about Irbe being a big fan. That could mean that Varlamov or Neuvirth is the odd-man out when they have to make the move and a lot could ride on one of those guys having a great playoffs.
I'm surprised Varlamov hasn't built on his 2009? playoff run more the past few years to cement his job as the starter, but Holtby seems like a guy to develop. Just seems to have a bit of cockiness about him from what I've seen. Neuvirth hasn't really impressed me at all, but I think it's something to do with him not having his best games against the Leafs, where I've really only seen him. It's a good problem to have, but I wouldn't be too quick to move any of them...

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02-23-2011, 11:56 PM
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I would say Holtby is very high on the organization's list. He plays with confidence and his puck handling skills are like having an extra defenseman. I wouldn't be surprised if he scores a few Empty Net goals and has a few assists in his career. I've been impressed from what I've seen.

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I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he is our future goalie. I think his puck-handling can do wonders to stifle a fore-check and start a counterattack. My only concern is his mental game, he himself said he wasn't in the right frame of mind in the Philly game to start and in the another game after he let one in it all seemed to unravel. He'll need all the experience he can get, but I don't think he's too far off.

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02-24-2011, 12:15 AM
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I'm surprised Varlamov hasn't built on his 2009 playoff run more to cement his job as the starter
I think his inability to stay healthy has been the only reason he'd not done so? Although BB does seem reluctant to name a #1, even when both are healthy, so who knows..

As far as Holtby, I think he's probably got more promise than either Varly or Neuvi, at this point.. Just soooo young..

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02-24-2011, 12:25 AM
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If Holtby doesn't let his head get to him, and pans out, he strikes me as the best of the three as well.

However, I'm thinking it makes Varlamov the odd one out.

Neuvirth has that 1B thing about him, and I think ultimately that makes him the kind of goalie you keep around on a 50-30 type split, with his starter-esque ability to string starts together and his not inconsiderable skill. Feels like Varlamov will require too much money to keep both he and the Hypothetical Holtby on the roster, but could possibly fetch a hefty enough offer sheet, if he earns it.

If Varlamov continues to be injured yearly, maybe that changes.

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I've always been a huge fan of Holtby since the day we drafted him. His numbers were overlooked when he was a prospect due to playing on one of the worst teams in the CHL and having to face the most shots. Still, he had a pretty good SV% and was taken in the 4th round. Now i'm not saying that he's a franchise goalie, but I wouldn't mind moving Neuvirth or Varly for a key asset and having Holtby be the backup (for now).

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Holtby is a good prospect. We'll see. Varly is the best goalie the Caps have ever had. He is the real deal. Neuvy is solid but unspectacular. He's the guy I'd shop. Not that I want to trade him but if another team offered a player I really liked for him I'd do it.

We'll see about Holtby. I like him but, of course, he has a lot to prove before considering him an NHLer.

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the marlies took slap shots in the shootout twice? alrighty then. as to holtby. he has as good a chance as anybody in the caps system. all three have something special that they can point to. varly won the rangers series. neuvirth won two straight calder cups. holtby has shown himself well.

varly got the first shot, but has been injured and could have done more for the caps vs montreal last season. neuvirth doesnt have nhl playoff experience yet. holtby isnt an nhl player yet.

the caps have riches and dont need to make decisions on not keeping one of these players for at least two more seasons.

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02-24-2011, 07:16 AM
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Varly is the best goalie the Caps have ever had.
Is? Lets not go too far. Varly is today already NOT better than Olaf Kolzig.
I love Varly, but thats just not true. In an overall context I am not sure he is even better than Neuvirth.

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What is Holtby's waiver situation next year?

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What is Holtby's waiver situation next year?
Exempt. Which is why with the return we have seen for goalies via trade, this conversation appears premature from my perspective especially with Neuvirth re-signed.

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02-24-2011, 08:38 AM
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IMHO holtby is the goalie of the future but the caps still have a year or two to figure it out. Holtby is a tough player with a mean streak exactly the type of goalie you want...it's only been varly's injuries that have kept us from selecting the two goalies of the future.

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Exempt. Which is why with the return we have seen for goalies via trade, this conversation appears premature from my perspective especially with Neuvirth re-signed.
schneider and bernier. when did they go waiver required?

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schneider and bernier. when did they go waiver required?
I'd have to research it, but why?

Pretty sure Bernier is still waiver exempt right now, but I'd have to look at the details to say it as fact.

I do know Schneider is in his 4th pro hockey season, but without looking at the details I can't say what his current status is.

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Varly still hasn't accomplished as much as Jim Carey did in DC. Let's not start putting Varly up in the all-time list. He's still not a top 5 as far as I'm concern. Hell, I'd still put Huet above Varly for his one run.

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I'd have to research it, but why?

Pretty sure Bernier is still waiver exempt right now, but I'd have to look at the details to say it as fact.

I do know Schneider is in his 4th pro hockey season, but without looking at the details I can't say what his current status is.
thinking about the value of prospect goalies. schneider confused me a bit. he was a 2004 draft to varly/neuvy 2006, but was a college player. he was waiver excempt til this season.

i imagine the caps wont make a choice on the three goalies til holtby runs out of free developement time.

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@jwaltonhockey reporting holtby has lower body injury and is week to week.

no link, sorry.

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@jwaltonhockey reporting holtby has lower body injury and is week to week.

no link, sorry.
@sweetesthockey
Just speculation, but Holtby made a save and landed funny during the shootout last night. Seemed to be stretching out his leg between rounds

http://twitter.com/sweetesthockey/st...18780678529024

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I just don't see Holtby on the same level as Neuvy/Varly. I know both Neuvy/Varly are also new goaltenders and there is alot unanswered about their abilities and careers...but I just don't really have much faith at all when I watch Holtby for the Caps.

Just my view on the guy, Id obviously like to be proven wrong since he is apart of the Caps organization.

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How did he play tonight? Sounds like he played a great game in relief. Really like what he could do for the future...

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@jwaltonhockey reporting holtby has lower body injury and is week to week.

no link, sorry.
Ha, missed the date on this and started to panic!

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he was solid. he made one ridiculous save/save of the year. we very likely wont see the caps make a decision on which of these three goalies they keep for two more years. no need to.

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He is just so calm the entire time too. Nothing seems to faze him.

I loved the breakout pass. I'm not quite sure which two defensemen were out there at the time, but anything that helps keep the puck off Sloan and Erskine's sticks is fine by me.

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