Update on Holtby: Arbitration Hearing Set for Thursday in Toronto.


The arbitration case for Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is set for this Thursday in Toronto.   As previously reported, 23 of 24 arbitration cases filed last year never made it to arbitration, as agreements between teams and players were reached before the scheduled hearing. Only P.K. Subban’s case made it to arbitration. Many had surmised that the Holtby case would probably never make it to arbitration, however the hearing date is drawing close and there has been little movement in negotiations.

Should no contract be signed and the arbitration case does indeed occur, both the Capitals and Braden Holtby’s “camp” will make their cases heard and present justification for the contract values and terms they have requested.  After both sides have been heard, the third-party mediator assigned to the case will be required to render a decision within 48 hours.  The decision will include the final value of the contract.  Because the arbitration is a player-elected arbitration case, the Capitals will be able to choose the length of the deal, either a one or two-year term.  Regardless, one way or another, the Holtby case will conclude by next Saturday, July 25th.

A little over a week ago, Alex Prewitt reported that the two sides were in the neighborhood of about $1,000,000 apart.

The Capitals’ offer to Holtby — the 25-year-old who tied franchise records for games played, wins and shutouts last season and finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting — has maxed in the mid-$5 million range, while Holtby’s team has countered around $1 million higher, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Update on Holtby: Arbitration Hearing Set for Thursday in Toronto.

  1. Mark says:

    Hoping they can get Holtby signed long term but if they go to arb, the organization needs to take it for a 2 year contract. That will give them time to develop Grubauer and maybe get a big haul of picks players for the trade deadline in his 2nd year. Best they could probably do in this circumstance.

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