The Washington Capitals went through their annual playoff disappointment again this spring, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a shakeup is on the horizon. Adam Oates will likely get another run with a roster that looks awfully similar to this in a full season next year.
But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be changes coming up this summer for the Capitals. Some changes are necessary for this roster, even if they aren’t the significant ones that this club could stand on the cusp of. Could some of those changes be coming between the pipes? It’s not impossible.
Braden Holtby spent most of 2013 establishing himself as a legitimate starting goaltender in the league. He finished one shy of the league lead for shutouts, with four on the season, which helped to lead to a solid 2.58 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. Solid numbers.
The results in the playoffs were mixed. At times, Holtby was absolutely lights out. He allowed just one goal combined in the first two games of the series. Then came Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Holtby allowed five goals on only 27 shots as the Caps were sent home for the season.
While overall, Holtby’s season can be looked at as a positive one, there’s no guarantee that the Capitals aren’t going to go out and look at other goaltenders. If anything, they might want to consider a veteran to play with/behind Holtby in the event that we see him melt down at some point.
The Capitals have been mentioned as a team that could be in the mix for Ryan Miller. Finances would certainly have to be worked out there, but it’d make sense on some levels. A move that significant doesn’t seem as likely, but expect the Capitals to explore adding a goaltender of some sort to the mix, if anything to push Holtby next year.