Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby returned to Kettler yesterday to begin training for next season. Not only did the Lloydminster native bring back with him a new mask, he also brought back a fat new contract, which will keep him a Capital until the summer of 2020.
But with all those greenbacks also comes pressure, which the zen master Holtbeast says he has a special way of dealing with.
Holtby on signing his five-year, $30.5 million deal with the Caps: "I hibernated after that to let it wear off so it wasn’t a big deal."
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) September 3, 2015
So Holtby is really half-man/half-bear or he’s beginning to play into his nickname, which can only mean great things for our site.
I don’t expect there to be. We’ve gotten to know each other well enough that they know when they ask me to play a game I’m going to play it and play it as hard as I can. The amount or whatnot depends a lot on where we’re at with a team, where we’re at physically, all of us. A lot goes on during the season. You just focus on Game 1 and move onto Game 2.
However, when Prewitt inquired if Holtby would like to play in all 82 games this season (Braden tied a franchise-high for appearances last year with 73), the beast’s competitive nature shined through.
“I’d like to,” Holtby replied, before adding, “I don’t know if that’s a benefit to the team at all.”
Oh it is, Braden. It is.
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