His reign in Washington has sadly come to an end. Braden Holtby signed a two-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, ending his 10-year stay in the nation’s capital. We knew it was coming, but it is still a hefty blow to Caps Nation.
Following the announcement made by the Vancouver Canucks, the Capitals released an official statement from general manager Brian MacLellan that included a message to Braden:
“We want to thank Braden Holtby for his many contributions to the Washington Capitals. Braden has built a legacy both on and off the ice that will have a lasting impact on our organization and on our community. Winning the Vezina Trophy in 2016, the Jennings Trophy in 2017 and helping the team win the Stanley Cup with his stellar play in 2018 cements his position as one of the best goalies of his era. Off the ice, he led by example and consistently made a positive impact across several important initiatives. We wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”
It was also announced on Friday that the Capitals signed former New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist to a one-year deal. Lundqvist played 15 seasons with the Rangers before he was bought-out earlier this month.
The two signings truly mark the end of an era in Washington.
We are collectively less without Braden and his family living in our community. As Mac noted in his statement, Braden and his family have left nothing but positive footprints during their time in the DMV, and have been an inspiration for all. We will miss you greatly. Best of luck in Vancouver.
Thank you, Holtby family.