Potential Goaltenders for the Washington Capitals

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May 17, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) misses a chance to score a goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30) during the third period in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals have a goaltender, they have two that played last year for most of the season.  Braden Holtby is the starter and the only one listed on the Caps roster.  Phillip Grubauer played with the team last year but he is listed with the Hersey Bears as of right now.  The Capitals need a back-up goaltender for Holtby and a veteran with experience is the best way to go. 

There are a number of higher priced veteran goalies that are looking for a team, but some of them might not like the back-up tagged role; Ryan Miller and Martin Brodeur but there are some out there that fit the mold that MacLellan is trying to bring in to help the Caps.

Peter Budaj

10-8-3, 2.51 GAA, .909 SV% in 24 appearances (21 starts) for Montreal Canadiens

One year remaining on a two-year, $2.8 million contract

Budaj is a guy that is in tune with his back-up role and is one that is not going to be a free agent.  He still has some time left on his contract but should be one that the Caps could get from the Canadiens without spending too much to get him.  he is a veteran goalie that has that experience and can come in for 25+ games and relieve Holtby and the Caps would not lose to much in the transition.  Even though it would have to be a trade to acquire Budaj, He would be my choice for the Caps as a back-up goalie.

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Tags: Braden Holtby Chad Johnson Peter Budaj Thomas Griess Tomas Vokoun Washington Capitals

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