Braden Holtby signed a two-year deal worth $4.3 million per year on the first day of free agency. The Lloydminster, SK native spent parts of 10 seasons in Washington, winning the Vezina Trophy in 2016 and leading the Capitals to the Stanley Cup two years later. But off the ice, Holtby made just as big of an impact. From skipping the team’s White House visit in protest to standing up for equality, Holtby stood with the LGBTQ+ community and always tried to help those most vulnerable.
During his opening interview with Canucks media, Holtby was at times on the verge of tears describing his time in Washington.