Braden Holtby is coming off of his lowest goals against and highest save % for the Captials. Taking into account that he did have more games, and logged more minutes that any other season for the Washington Capitals, is Holtby the answer for the Capitals in goal this year?
Having a young goaltending corps, in Holtby (24) and Grubauer (22), they both have proved that they can handle the load of an NHL caliber goaltender but is there a veteran out there that could bring a little bit more to the net and the bench that Holtby and Grubauer might benefit from?
Veteran goaltenders that are on the free agent market right now that would be willing to come in and play in a back-up role could be Evgeni Nabokov, Scott Clemmensen, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Jonas Gustuvsson, Thomas Greiss and Tim Thomas. Out of these guys, I like Thomas because of the experience and the Stanley Cup experience. Nabokov is not too bad either.
If the Washington Capitals move in this direction, I don’t think it will hurt to much but more aid in a helpful manner. Adding veteran experience at any position and gaining a leader in the locker room will help any club out in the long run.
It’s now up to management to decide whether the Caps are better off with Grubauer seeing spot duty as Holtby’s NHL backup or whether another year of seasoning in the AHL as the Hershey Bears’ No.1 goalie would be better for his development and the team’s long-term needs.