Tag Archives: Goaltending

A Solid Beginning Between the Pipes: Vitek Vanecek Continues Strong Start to the 2021-22 Season In 4-1 Victory Over New Jersey

Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images Entering this season, the goaltending dynamic of the Washington Capitals saw young netminders Vitek Vanecek and 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov set to compete for playing time. Through the team’s first four games, Vanecek has … Continue reading

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Capitals Re-Acquire Vitek Vanecek From Kraken In Exchange For Jets’ 2023 Second-Round Pick

Photo: Getty Images The Washington Capitals re-acquired goaltender Vitek Vanecek from the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday night in exchange for the Winnipeg Jets’ 2023 second-round pick, according to NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes. Vanecek was the Kraken’s pick from the Capitals … Continue reading

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Report: Washington Capitals Believed to Have Interest In Re-Acquiring Vitek Vanecek From Seattle Kraken

The Canadian Press After re-signing captain Alex Ovechkin and trading away defenseman Brenden Dillon in the days leading up to NHL free agency 2021, the Washington Capitals’ most pressing need was to find a goaltender to shore up the gap … Continue reading

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Former Capitals Goaltender Braden Holtby Signs One-Year Contract With Stars After Getting Contract Bought Out By Canucks

Photo: NHL.com After the Vancouver Canucks bought out the final year of former Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby’s two-year contract that carried a $4.5 million cap hit, the Dallas Stars signed the 31-year-old unrestricted free agent to a one-year contract … Continue reading

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Four Pending UFA Goalies That Could Make Sense For The Capitals

Photo: NHL.com After losing goaltender Vitek Vanecek to the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, the Washington Capitals have a need in goal. While Ilya Samsonov showed flashes of brilliance in his second season, he was inconsistent and … Continue reading

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Canucks Buy Out Final Season Of Former Capitals Goaltender Braden Holtby’s Contract

Photo: The Canuck Way According to The Athletic’s Rick Dhaliwal, the Vancouver Canucks bought out the final season of former Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby’s two-year contract that carried a $4.3 million cap hit on Tuesday. There was trade interest … Continue reading

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Hurricanes Trade Calder Trophy Nominee Alex Nedeljkovic To Red Wings For Third-Round Pick, Jonathan Bernier

Photo: SI According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Carolina Hurricanes traded goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic to the Detroit Red Wings for a third-round pick and pending unrestricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier on Thursday afternoon after the NHL-wide roster freeze … Continue reading

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Former Capital Braden Holtby Makes 37 Saves, Including Spinning Kick Out, In Canucks’ First Game Back From COVID-19 Pause

Photo: Trade Rumors In the Vancouver Canucks’ first game back after a 22-day COVID-19 pause, former Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 37 saves against the North Division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs to earn a 3-2 overtime win for his team, … Continue reading

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Vitek Vanecek Impressing In Rookie Season With Capitals

Photo: NHL via Getty Images When Henrik Lundqvist announced that he would undergo an open heart procedure on December 17, questions swirled around the Washington Capitals as goaltender Ilya Samsonov was set to enter his first season at the top … Continue reading

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Netminders Inc. : A Look At The Washington Capitals’ Production of Goaltenders

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The Washington Capitals entered new waters in the 2020-21 season with two young goaltenders with little and no major experience at the NHL level in Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek, after the departure of longtime netminder … Continue reading

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