As the start of NHL free agency nears, rumors continue to connect the Capitals to Henrik Lundqvist as their desired backup to Ilya Samsonov, former starter Braden Holtby appears to have a suitor.
The Oilers are a team to have popped up in the last few days looking at Holtby in free agency, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. In this sense, Holtby would probably split time with Mikko Koskinen in Edmonton.
The parameters of a potential deal or the kind of money Holtby is asking for are unknown, but there is interest from the team Holtby grew up three hours away from in Lloydminster Sask.
Holtby and the Capitals appear set to part ways after 10 years and a Stanley Cup together. Salary cap concerns seemingly played a part here after Washington re-signed Nicklas Backstrom to a four-year extension and presumably plan to re-ink Alex Ovechkin before his deal ends in 2021.
In 47 starts this season, Holtby went 25-14 with a .897 save percentage. Obviously his season ended, as for everyone else on the Capitals, in disappointing fashion by losing a first-round series to the Islanders in five games.
The goalie market is flooded in this year's free agency period and plenty of teams are looking for one. The Oilers could be one of the only teams connected to Holtby, but there's always the possibility of a wild card team coming in with an offer if they miss out on one of the bigger names.
Either way, Capitals fans will have to prepare to see Holtby in a different sweater next season. Would Edmonton be the worst thing to happen give they're in the Western Conference?