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PHT Morning Skate: Where Michal Neuvirth critiques Braden Holtby

Aug 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Puck Daddy passes along a rather surprising translated bit from Russian Machine Never Breaks where Michal Neuvirth doesn’t exactly, um, talk up Braden Holtby. (RMNB via Puck Daddy)

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  1. ravenscaps48 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Michal Neuvirth…. I don’t know exactly what you are thinking by calling out Holtby. 1.) If it’s a jealousy thing that he got the job because you got hurt, well don’t be a hypocrite! Varlamov got hurt and you got your break, don’t forget that!… 2.) How can you legitimately say that Braden Holtby is your “Weakest Competition” yet? That kid CARRIED the the team to within 1 Game of the Conference Finals, while you got swept by Tampa Bay the previous season…. And 3.) Advising Tomas Vokoun to go to Pittsburgh?…. I say we look to trade you for someone who can stop a beachball from going into a coffee mug! Why don’t you join him in Pittsburgh?

    • dipthatchip - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      if you read the RMNB article, he and Vokoun are good friends. He advised ‘Koun to go to Pitt instead of the KHL because of a serious chance at a cup.

      That said, this dude better bring it this year after that interview.

      • dipthatchip - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        (pending there is a season)

  2. dipthatchip - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    ugh, he didn’t stop there…

  3. wakegoalie27 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    So what? The kid has been put through the ringer in Washington. He’s played pretty well considering that god awful defense they have. As for his comments on holtby? Holtby still has proving to do! He can make the great saves but he is really inconsistent on the easy stuff AND he gets Tim Thomas syndrome where he challenges the shooter to much… Something totally unacceptable with that defense.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      agreed, too many caps fans believe holtby has “arrived” based on a hot stretch in the playoffs. he has a lot to prove and dues to pay. there’s a reason he was a 4th round pick and only posted a .917 sv% on a dominant hershey team. before this playoff run he had played 20+/-? games in the nhl…maybe he has matured a bit but he still has a long way to go.

  4. t16rich - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I don’t even want to read this story. All I can think is that South Park episode. “They toook our job”

  5. jsutan - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    The reporter is making it out way worse than it actually is. Holtby said, in poorly translated fashion, that of the 3 goalies, Holtby is the worst because of experience, not because of skill.

    “He sure is a great goalie. But I can’t compare him to Voky or Varlamov, that’s what I meant. In comparison to those two, [b]he played nothing in the NHL and that’s why I take him as the weakest of them three[/b]”

    Maybe if the reporter actually read the article or the translation it wouldn’t be overly sensationalist media hyperbole.

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