After spending the start of his career in Washington with the Capitals, Braden Holtby is ready for a new adventure with the Vancouver Canucks. A logical choice for the goaltender from Saskatchewan.
The 31-year-old Holtby on Friday agreed to a two-year, $ 8.6 million contract with the Canucks, a team that had many attractions for him.
“Obviously, I’ve never been in a situation like this,” said Holtby, who was drafted in the fourth round (93e overall) by the Capitals in 2008. It’s very different and there are several factors to consider. Among the most important things, I was looking for a place where the odds of winning are extremely good. ”
“It will be a good fit for my family since we will be closer to the West, which is very interesting for us and our children as they grow older, added the goalie, quoted on the NHL website. It’s a good team, with a chance of winning, and it’s a good Canadian city. I think it will be really exciting. ”
The time had come
After dominating for many years with the Capitals, which he helped win the Stanley Cup in 2018, Holtby showed signs of slowing down last season with a 25-14-6 record, his goals-against average. of 3.11 and its efficiency rate of .897.
During his 10-year career with the Caps, the 2015-16 Vézina Trophy winner savored 282 wins and 35 shutouts in 468 games.
“I believe we have accomplished everything we wanted [les Capitals et lui], said Holtby. We won a championship and that’s something we can never take away from us. This is something that is very important for the city and for the organization […]. I believe it was right time to transport this energy and this will elsewhere. ”