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Although longtime Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby’s departure in NHL free agency was widely anticipated upon the opening of the market on Friday, the absence of the person and player Holtby was for the Capitals will be felt come next season (expected to start around the New Year). And while his many fans in Washington will undoubtedly miss No. 70 in 2020-21, his longtime teammates in Washington have also begun to express their appreciation for Holtby’s time with them. Right wing Tom Wilson is the latest former teammate to tip his helmet to the 93rd overall pick in 2008.
In a tribute video posted to his Instagram account, Wilson shared photos of the two fan favorites in a montage from the team’s 2018 Stanley Cup championship, on-ice moments, team charity events, and time spent with their significant others on vacation among others. In his caption, Wilson wrote:
“So many memories come to mind when I think back over the last 8 years. From day one at my first training camp, to vacations and a Stanley Cup together. A great teammate and an ever better friend, you will be missed in DC Holts!”
Holtby signed with the Vancouver Canucks to a two-year deal on Friday after it was widely anticipated the Capitals would be moving on to give young netminder Ilya Samsonov a chance to become the team’s number one goaltender, and signed veteran netminder Henrik Lundqvist to a one-year deal.
By Michael Fleetwood