Braden Holtby News
Holtby acquitted himself well as New York eliminated Washington from the postseason Saturday. The Caps dropped a tense 2-1 decision in Game 7 in New York as the 22-year-old netminder stopped 29 shots.
Analysis: Two months ago, he was toiling in Hershey in the AHL. But the Rangers never called on another backstop in their 14-game playoff run; Holtby never gave them a reason to look elsewhere, concluding the postseason with a mark of 7-7 (with four of the losses coming in overtime) and composite stats of 1.95, .935. Performances like that tend to get players invited back when training camps open in September. Veteran Tomas Vokoun's contact expires in July, so who knows? Washington may be looking at him as its goaltender of the future. Pay attention to his contract negotiations this summer to get a better sense of that role.