Washington Capitals News: Holtby, Johansson, Expansion

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Hello everyone. Here are today’s news and links about the Washington Capitals, including updates about Braden Holtby and Marcus Johansson, expansion news, and more.

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There is no way that Holtby is making that much money a year. That’s the whole point. As someone who knows way more about the process of arbitration than any human being would ever want to know, here’s how arbitration tends to work. Player A wants to get paid the big bucks. Team A naturally wants to pay as little as possible for player A so they submit a really low offer. Player A wants the big bucks, so his side submits a really high offer. An arbitrator finds middle ground. In this case, the middle ground would be precisely $6,550,000 a season. – Stars And Sticks

Much like teammate and fellow RFA Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson is embroiled in contract negotiations with Washington as his arbitration hearing inches closer.

But to hear Johansson explain it, the lack of a new deal isn’t cause for concern.

“I’m not worried about that, I think I will continue to play there [in Washington],” he told Swedish news outlet Värmlands Folkblad. “My focus right now is on training hard and getting myself prepared, for I know I will be playing.” – PHT

  • The goaltender coach tree of Washington Capitals goalie guru Mitch Korn has grown yet another branch. The Maple Leafs hired student of Korn Steve Briere. (NHL.com)