Holtby’s future: Caps goaltender Braden Holtby, a pending restricted free agent, said he does not plan on getting too involved in contract talks but would prefer to have a long-term deal that keeps him in Washington as long as possible.
“Job security is something that doesn’t come around very often in this profession,” he said, “so if you can find some it’s great.
“If you don’t have any ties it’s a lot different. But with family [he has two children] you’d like to stay and get to know the community and get involved. So the longer term the better.
“But at the same time, I expect if it’s a one-year deal I want to earn it for the next year. If it’s longer term I want to earn every single year of it. I’m just happy to be here and happy to be a part moving forward.”
Fehr reveals injury: Caps center Eric Fehr said the hit he took from Islanders forward Kyle Okposo in Game 3 against the Islanders resulted in a third-degree sprain of his AC [acromioclavicular] joint and was not a labrum injury, which has plagued him throughout his career.
Fehr said he also suffered an elbow injury earlier this season and does not anticipate having surgery in the offseason.
“Having a lot of shoulder injuries in the past has been an issue and people have shied away from me for those reasons,” he said. “This is more of a hockey injury.”
Fehr said he would “love to be back” with the Capitals but is not sure if the Caps will be able to make it work.
Orpik on Boyle hit: Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik took exception to the New York media that has criticized him for the open-ice hit that knocked Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle out of Game 7 with an apparent head injury.
Boyle practiced today and is expected to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
“I play the game hard. He was trying to go wide on [Evgeny Kuzentsov],” Orpik said. “I think it probably would have been far less impactful if he wasn’t hunched over. That’s the way I play every shift, play hard and make it tough on opponents. You always want to make it difficult on guys but you never want to injure guys. I think he practiced today, which is good.”
Gleason’s future: Defenseman Tim Gleason said the Capitals were the best team he’s ever played on and would like to stay in Washington because “at some point you get tired of living out of a suitcase.” He also recognizes the challenges in keeping him.
“The team is pretty tight with the cap,” he said.
Gleason said he had a hip issue and a couple of disc issues with his neck but could have kept playing through the playoffs. He said he does not anticipate needing surgery for either issue and would like to remain in Washington.
“I feel like I can play the game,” he said. “I believe I showed it and we’ll see if anybody agrees.”
Curtis Glencross said he enjoyed his short time in Washington but said it was difficult being a healthy scratch in the playoffs, especially in Game 7 when he was replaced by Fehr.
“He’s one of the go-to penalty kill guys and they wanted him back in the lineup,” Glencross said. “I didn’t know until just before the game I wasn’t playing and I was definitely disappointed.”
Glencross said he’s not closing the door on returning to Washington but said he will “see what’s out there” on July 1 when he becomes a free agent.
Whether he’s a part of it or not he said he believes the Caps will win a Stanley Cup within “the next few years.”
Orlov update: Sidelined all season with a wrist injury, defenseman Dmitry Orlov said he was healthy enough to play in the playoffs and turned down an offer to play for Russia in the World Championships because the Caps were in the playoffs. He said he wishes he could snap his fingers and make training camp arrive tomorrow, saying he feels he can return to the level of play he showed before his injury.