Hank Moody Posted July 21, 2015 Author Share Posted July 21, 2015 How is this pretty hilarious ? This in no way would sour the player's relationship with management, this is business and last I checked Braden is starting to fit into the position of an elite starting goaltender in this League and his numbers back that up. So going into arbitration and asking for a substantial raise, well the player has earned it, highly unlikely the number ends up being 8m per, I figure he will earn in the 5.75m - 6.5m range when its all said and done. Grubauer has a lot of potential and has shown he is capable in the NHL, but he is not going to take the starter's role from Holtby, he may push him providing a solid 1A/1B potential down the road. Again this is negotiation and Holtby is in no way risking anything long term with the Capitals by asking for a high number, he will be signed and both sides will be happy assuming Holtby continues to trend upwards.Okay let me re-iterate something I said before Braden Holtby has played one, ONE full season as the starter of the Washington Capitals. Just one. You know who else was an amazing goalie in the playoffs in the early going, and posted a career year in 2005-2006? A guy by the name of Manny Legace. Would you give Legace anything north of 7 million given what he did the rest of the way? How about a guy named Mike Leighton who caught fire and carried the Flyers to the finals? Does Anti Niemi get excused from the argument, who was an amazing goaltender for the Blackhawks and Sharks fans couldn't wait to get rid of him? Why does a guy like Lundqvist deserve 8.5 million? Because he's cinsistently been an elite goaltender for almost a decade in the league. Holtby THUS FAR has proven he is an elite goalie, but he needs a bigger body of work before I throw anything North of Carey Price money at him. Period. If it takes Jonathon Toews and Patrick Kane 3 Stanley cups and several seasons of dominance to reach the top of the ladder in Player money, then Holtby is no exception simply because he's had a couple of great playoffs, and therefore shouldn't be in Lundqvist territory Negotiation tactic, sure. I get it. But I do find it hilarious that he could even potentially try to justify he's worth that much Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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