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Audition blown: Capitals demote Holtby to minors

Feb 14, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

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In 14 games last season, Braden Holtby put up some dazzling numbers for the Washington Capitals. We’re talking about the kind of stats that encouraged excitable Caps fans to say that Semyon Varlamov was the third best goalie on the team last off-season.

That well-intentioned hubris lost a lot of steam last night as the San Jose Sharks handled Holtby and the Capitals 5-3. The Caps brass certainly noticed – and also likely reacted to Tomas Vokoun‘s improving health – by sending Holtby back down to the minors today.

Forwards Keith Aucoin and Joel Rechlicz (if you can call Rechlicz a forward) will join Hotlby back on the Hershey Bears roster. With decent but unspectacular AHL stats, it’s probably appropriate for Holtby to get more seasoning on that level before he takes another shot at the NHL.

  1. AppealToReason - Feb 14, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    The Caps problems are a lot bigger than goaltending.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      true…but holtby gave up that deflection from 100ft and washington is always looking for someone who is not russian to blame for everything…just ask boudreau

  2. jpelle82 - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    with aucoin going back down, does that mean we will see knuble back? its been a nice experiment scratching the old man and playing with the roster, but the moves arent getting points in the standings

    • James O'Brien - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Good question. Even if they want to trade Knuble, it would make sense to play him (so his value rebounds a bit). We’ll see, though …

  3. ravenscaps48 - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Was not Holtby’s fault at all… Nothing in front of him

    • danphipps01 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      So, typical night for a Washington goaltender?

  4. dougr42 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Hadn’t Holtby just played the night before and then had to drive down to DC? So much for not starting Neuvy to keep him out of back-to-backs. Derp.

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