Washington Capitals: 3 possible destinations for Braden Holtby

Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Edmonton Oilers

And this is the other and closer option to home. By car, Calgary is about a 5 hour trip home for Holtby. Edmonton would be about a 2 and a half to three hour trip home. If going close to home is something to consider Edmonton is the right choice.

The Oilers are somewhat similar to the Flames. It seems they may be one big piece away from going from fringe team, to scary team. Once again, the goalie position could be that position to turn this into a scary team.

Based on what I’ve seen, their guy Mikko Koskinen is an OK goalie. Definitely not bad, not the greatest either. Just good. This season he had a 2.78 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The save percentage for his GAA is actually pretty good. He had a 8.36 Goals Saved Above Average which is also good.

Their other goalie this season, Mike Smith did not have a great season. He had a 2.95 GAA and just a .902 save percentage. Smith is getting older, he’s likely now a backup, he’ll be moving on.

Neither of these guys had a good playoffs. Koskinen had a 3.16 GAA and a .889 save percentage, Smith had a 11.31 GAA and .783 save percentage in Edmonton’s very disappointing qualifying round defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks, who under a normal playoff system, would not have even qualified for the playoffs.

Edmonton has over $10 million in cap space, Koskinen has a $4.5m cap hit. You’d think Holtby would sign for more than that and that would be an expensive goalie tandem. Koskinen however is 32-years-old, Holtby is 30. They could get younger and better at that position and potentially trade Koskinen to free up some space.

If the Oilers could get a great goaltender like Holtby it could be huge for them. Holtby will have to recapture his Vezina form at the same time, but this could be a very good move for the Oilers and Holtby.