Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom were crucial pieces of the Capitals’ Cup-winning team. With both due to become free agents at the end of the 2019-20 season, Washington’s front office has important decisions to make for both of them. They could be traded for assets now, re-signed to big deals, or simply let go at the end of the season.
TSN’s “Insider Trading” video with Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie recently covered the considerations and negotiations between players and management. LeBrun said he doesn’t think a new deal is coming soon, and that Holtby, Backstrom, and the team are aware that it comes down to how the team will look when the playoffs approach.