The Washington Capitals are starting to form their off-season blue print. A part of that blue print, according to multiple reports, involves signing a veteran goaltender to back up Braden Holtby. This would allow Philipp Grubauer to develop in Hershey as their #1 goalie.
Brian MacLellan is leaning toward acquiring a veteran backup to Braden Holtby. #Caps
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) June 16, 2014
So who might that “veteran backup to Holtby” be? Well, I think you can cross Martin Brodeur off the list because I don’t think Marty would ever accept a backup role. Here are just a few options that the Washington Capitals have to fill that role.
Yes, the Washington Capitals have tried the Tomas Vokoun experience once and it failed. Yes, his return is in question after a clot kept him out for all of last season. However, now the Capitals have an X-Factor: Mitch Korn. Korn turned Vokoun from a nobody into a somebody while in Nashville. Vokoun would probably be interested in reuniting with his old goalie coach.
Vokoun was quite good in 2012-2013. In 20 games, Vokoun had an even strength save percentage of 93.9%. What makes Vokoun a great fit is that Vokoun would probably be more than happy to accept any kind of role. I think Vokoun could be both a cheap and good option for the Washington Capitals. Worst case scenario, Grubauer is perfectly capable of handling a backup role.
If Tim Thomas‘s ego would allow him to accept a backup role, he would be a good fit for the Washington Capitals. Thomas is a veteran goalie who knows how to win in the NHL and is still a capable goalie. His even strength save percentage has been slipping over the past few years, but it was a respectable 91% last season.
Considering Thomas’s political views, whether or not he’d be willing to come to DC is up in the air. He certainly won’t have a shortage of interested teams either, as quite a few teams will probably be interested in him as a backup goalie. I think he would be a good fit with the Washington Capitals.
Thomas Greiss is probably the most talented of the three, but he’s also the most likely of the three to be offered a starting spot somewhere. His 92% even strength save percentage is pretty good. He’s definitely more of a sure thing than Vokoun and Thomas. He’d also command a higher salary, which is why the Washington Capitals might want to look elsewhere.
In my opinion, Vokoun, if healthy, is the best fit for the Washington Capitals. Let me know what you think in the poll and in the comments!