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Caps Sign Holtby

The Caps have signed goaltender Braden Holtby to a three-year entry level contract.

The 19-year-old fourth round draft pick (2008) is 6-3-0 this season for the WHL's Saskatoon Blades. He's also got a 2.23 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 20, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
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Aren't we going a little overboard in the goaltending department?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

From last post:

I'm guessing this confirms that JT is a placeholder until our talent comes up through the farm. Which means even less reason to stress out over him. JT isn't great, but I think he'll do well enough as a placeholder until one of our farm goalies is ready.

Posted by: this space for rent | October 20, 2008 5:10 PM

Actually, your nick is very appropos to JT's situation. This year he's #1. Next year he's back-up to Varl or Neuv.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Three goalies under 21 in the system... hellloooooooo trade bait.

Posted by: WDC | October 20, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.: Pretty much. :) Johnson is trade bait, you think?

Posted by: this space for rent | October 20, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

wait so does he go to hershey or is he on the team??

Posted by: m | October 20, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Could be at the trading deadline. He's UFA this coming summer. With the pipeline overflowing with goalies that could step in and take over, I just don't see a need for him right now. He's redundant.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Caps boards:

“Just what I saw once- in his [Semin] first year here. At Piney Orchard he signed things for fans, I'm sure because he was told he was supposed to. After he signed for whoever was there a team mate asked if anyone else needed anything and when people said no he took him by the arm and said come on dummy and sort of pushed him toward the locker room. That could have been only that one person but if that happened very much it could ruin your fun.”

I know it is totally out of topic but I was just like heartbroken after reading this. I had no idea that everything was so bad. Poor little Sasha…

Posted by: Lena | October 20, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The nice thing is that JT only WANTED a 2 year deal. Or at least that's the poop we got. This is exactly the amount of time the youngins need to develope.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm an idiot.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Any chance that we are giving somewhat equal time to both goalies early in the season to showcase Johnson for trade bait later if one of the young guys tears it up in the minors this season (enough so that we would promote him to be the main backup hopefully come playoff time)?

Posted by: drew | October 20, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

So is Holtby on the team? Or is he going to Hershey?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

You can't have too many goalies at that age in the system. Wasn't long ago that we had a can't miss goalie (Maxime?) Ouellet in the system. Got him in a trade with Philly. Didn't work out.

You never know with injuries etc... If you got more than you need, trade one. A good young goalie will always bring a high price.

Posted by: Muddapucker | October 20, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Sweet. You can never have too much fun, too many friends, or too many talented goalies at your disposal

Posted by: DC FURY | October 20, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Not that anyone cares, but becoming a STH this year may be the best decision of my life.

Posted by: markfromparkville | October 20, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Holtby will NOT be moving, he will stay right where he is. We just needed to get him signed up so that when he is finished in juniors he can go to Hershey or SC. This is SOP for kids we draft that still have a year left in juniors, in fact we have to sign them within a certain time or they go back into the draft again and can be drafted by another team.

Posted by: Bob | October 20, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

This could be a good move. Holtby didn't look bad at all in camp for a kid his age. Pretty good numbers so far this season too.

Speaking of goalies, would anybody like to buy my red autographed Olie Kolzig jersey? It's never been worn and still has the tags on it and everything.

Posted by: Jordan | October 20, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S: That's what I thought. While Johnny's numbers aren't wonderful, they're far from horrible. I like Johny, myself, and so far this year he's done well for himself, but I do see that we're loaded with goalies this year. Guess we'll see what happens come the end of the year.

Posted by: this space for rent | October 20, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Malkin SO boarded Semin. I still can't believe that he did not get called for it.

Gotta say, folks, your posts have been MOST amusing today! :-) Just got caught up and had several laughs along the way. Thanks for yuking it up!!

Posted by: Boo! | October 20, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Did I read : "trade bait" ?

Can we trade for a big, STURDY defenseman who likes home cooking?

It's about time.

Posted by: Clarendon | October 20, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

@ Jordan

How much?

Posted by: DC FURY | October 20, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Boo! | October 20, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

@ DC FURY ..and everyone

A mere $125. Poor college student, need money :(

Posted by: Jordan | October 20, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Versus has the plays of the week coming up. I have to think the Fedorov to Semin goal against Brodeur will hit top 3.

Posted by: Riddler | October 20, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Guys, cited the following quote from BB about the Caps powerplay problem. Any idea which player is BB criticizing??

“It’s something we talk about every night and every day,” says Caps coach Bruce Boudreau, “establishing the shot. Sometimes you get stubborn people and they won’t do it, so you take them off [the power play unit] and they whine. I think that’s the way it’s been. But we’ve got to start with the shot. It opens everything up. Hopefully they’ll understand that, starting [Tuesday].”

Posted by: Danny | October 20, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm a homer. Not in the top ten-ugh:(

Posted by: Riddler | October 20, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse


That's funny. I'm not much of a Palin fan but I bet she whines less & hits harder than malkin.

Posted by: uncatim | October 20, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm not much of a Palin fan, either (not that I would talk about politics here! ;-)). However, I am not sure that your comparision to Malkin it right, but I bet it would apply to Crosby! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 20, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you are correct, but it is malkin who I am currently angry.

Posted by: uncatim | October 20, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

"Malkinface (n.) (pronounced: MAHL-kihn-fayce)
A condition in which the bearer seems to be locked in a perpetual state of great confusion. Malkinface ranges from "What time is it?" to "Where are my pants?" to the far more serious "Where the [heck] am I?". Symptoms of Malkinface include hunched shoulders, an unfocused gaze, and a slackened jaw accompanied by a gaping mouth. There is no known cure for Malkinface. Origin- Malkinface is named for Pittsburgh Penguin center Evgeni Malkin. Although his is not the first recorded case of Malkinface, experts regard his condition as the most severe on record."
Maybe he never actually said that, but just looked at the reporter, who took his look of confusion to mean that he didn't understand why Ovie hits him, not realizing that's his permanent facial state.

btw, I'm pretty stoked about Holtby. I've been rooting for him since draft day for some inexplicable reason. Even if he never does anything, I'll always be excited for him.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 20, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

And to the guy that posted as me at 5:54pm, that could one say?

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya - it was a pretty bogus hit, but other than that he played a clean game. After all, it was Ovie who was hunting rabbit that night, not Malkin. Although he's not going to get a 'poor Malkin' out of me with his 'I don't know why he keeps hitting me comment' - surely something happened between the two of them. Ovie just does not randomly target people.

I looked up Malkinface in the thesaurus and it said Shrekitis.

Posted by: Boo! | October 20, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I am relieved to hear that you did not post that yourself!! ;-) I'm not sure what provoked that; I can only assume that we will never know. Oh the great mysteries of life ... :-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 20, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse


You know, I tried really hard to come up with why you'd write that... I'm happy you cleared that out... even though those brain cells are lost forever...

Posted by: mauree | October 21, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

O.K. Caught back up... for now...

Mauree, very nice to meet you at the game the other night, hopefully you will be able to get up here more often, (you may have to do some tourist stuff w/ your girlfriend for trade bait, but it's a win win situation).

Wondering when we are going to meet the rest on the boards, Boo!, JMU, Greg S. (the real one), Chief (JK.), etc.

Big game tonight, I hope these lines work out well, and that we can actually have a formidable first period this season.


Posted by: Super | October 21, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Tim | October 21, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 21, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Super - I'm usually around; was ill for the Vancouver game (boo). If you want to hook up let me know.

Posted by: this space for rent | October 21, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Just and FYI for all those thinking Johnny could be trade bait. We got Johnny from the Canucks off waivers, if he steps up and becomes our #1 there is a chance someone would want him, but more likely is we will either waive him or just release him (not sign him) at the end of the year. I would think we will keep him around to back up one of our prospects unless we decide to bring someone up next year to give them 20/30 games behind JT as a way to get acclimated to the big club. Again I wish we had a goalie that was playing so well we had no choice but to make him the #1 but the "New NHL" does not seem to work that way.

Posted by: Bob | October 21, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

"btw, I'm pretty stoked about Holtby. I've been rooting for him since draft day for some inexplicable reason. Even if he never does anything, I'll always be excited for him."

My teenage niece informed me that Holtby is HOT but I'm guessing she wasn't referring to his goaltending abilities. :)

Posted by: tess | October 21, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

@ Tim -- thanks for the link to the THN rankings. The next three games are very winable for the Caps if they play their system. The Flames, Yotes, and Stars are all playing subpar hockey. The Preds are playing average hockey, so that can be a fourth win in a row. It's a good time to get a streak going; not to pull a Skins against the Rams (and almost the Browns).

Posted by: JIM | October 21, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Cheers fella, looks like a good deal and may save on the number of nights I have to stay up until 3am!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | October 21, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Zoo:

Tonight's the night we get the swiss cheese sandwich. I am dissapointed that the ZOO is letting george and the Swiss Cheese get by with the bonehead move of the offseason.

But as me me spot on it is only a matter of 14 hours before the ZOO gets emotional and goes crazy.

A study in human emotion. Such fun.

Those that smelt it dealt it. Best line of the day.

Ring - time to work.

Posted by: JT's SWISS CHEESE FACTORY | October 21, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Boo! | October 21, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Amen, sister.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 21, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

"If you want to see a W in Philly, you've got to visit a movie theatre."

Nice one.

Posted by: Jordan | October 21, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Our "friends" in Proteau's column. It's pretty good. Here's the article:


5. The odds of Sidney Crosby saying something even remotely controversial are slightly worse than the chances of:

(a) NHL commissioner Gary Bettman accepting the premise of a reporter’s negative question.

(b) The Atlanta Thrashers doing the right thing by burning every last one of their new third jerseys, and burying the ashes in a leak-proof container at least 1,000 feet below the earth’s surface.

(c) Making it through a season without the “The” in “The Hockey News” being dropped by people and media outlets that aren’t sticklers for accuracy.

(d) The NHL rulebook being properly utilized by the officials.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 21, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Boo and Greg S,
Agreed about that poster that posts under a number of names. So bad indeed that I now look to see the poster's name before reading things. It would be different if it was occasionally funny, but it is just non-sensical rantings that do not add anything to my day or the discussion.

Posted by: Mark | October 21, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I talked to holts yesterday, he's so nice!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 21, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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