Braden Holtby is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Despite Brian MacLellan making it pretty clear that the team was holding onto Holtby and would talk contract with him after the year, the Capitals general manager was asked by the media during his press conference on Wednesday if Braden would still be on the team after the trade deadline.
“Braden? Yeah,” a surprised MacLellan said. “I think our story has been the same the whole year. He’s our guy and we’re going to try and compete for a (Stanley) Cup. We want him playing the top of his game at the end of the year.”