Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan and new Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media Tuesday afternoon. The final question asked of MacLellan was about Braden Holtby’s status with free agency, and if he expected Holtby to enter free agency.
MacLellan re: Holtby and free agency – “I would expect he goes into free agency…I spoke with his agent last week”#ALLCAPS
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“I would expect he goes into free agency,” MacLellan said. “I think the goalie market is probably a little unusually deep this year. I talked to his agent last week briefly about where he’s at and the kind of opportunities he’s looking for. I would assume he goes to free agency and we’ll keep in contact with him throughout the free agency and see if he’s getting what he wants.”
Free agency begins at noon on October 9. At that point Holtby and his representation are free to speak and negotiate with any team. Prior to October 9, the Capitals retain the only rights to negotiate with Holtby.
By Jon Sorensen