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Holtby on Neuvirth’s comments: “It was blown up too big”

Sep 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

Braden Holtby AP

Much has been made about what Michal Neuvirth may or may not have said about his teammates, but Braden Holtby told InGoal Magazine that it isn’t a big deal.

In fact, it seems like he agrees with what he believes was Neuvirth’s point.

“He texted me and apologized, but it was blown up too big,” Holtby said. “I have known Michal for a long time and I know what he was trying to say, and I believe it’s the right thing when you figure he had a guy drafted in front of him [Semyon Varlamov], to an NHL veteran [Tomas Vokoun] in front of him, to a guy [Holtby] who is younger than him. So I understand what he was trying to say and I don’t blame him one bit.”

(He almost even dropped a “Michal being Michal” line later in the story, by the way.)

The Washington Capitals are indeed making a gamble on two relatively unproven netminders after parting ways with Vokoun after an up-and-down season.

Holtby has 21 career regular season games and 14 postseason contests on his NHL resume while has played in 108 regular season contests but just nine playoff games.

Combine that inexperience with the likelihood that new head coach Adam Oates will allow the Caps to take more chances offensively (read: not spend the whole game blocking shots) and both goalies might just run the risk of getting “blown up” frequently next season.

  1. 950003cups - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    The Devils went very offensive this past season, and Brodeur wasn’t constantly lit up. Sure, on occasions he was hung out to dry, but that was mostly due to guys dropping passes at the blueline setting off breakaways. Facts are, if you’re good at a high offensive system, the puck stays mostly in your offensive zone anyway, far away from your goalie.

    Offense is the way to go.

  2. wethog66 - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    GMGM and the Caps tried the Vet Goalie thing last year with Vagkoun and had limited success. I have no problems with starting the season, whenever that is, with Neuvy and Holtby in net. I actually prefer it. Time to run with the young pups and give them a chance to be Vet’s themselves.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Sep 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    i agree, they seem to forget that Neuvy has palyed two full season pretty much in d.c one damn good post season in 2010-11, yes the caps got their butts whipped by Tampa, but he was the one that made less worse then it could have been. Im very comfortble and excited to see what these two young but tested goaltenders can and will do. If they can avoid a lock out.

  4. ludacrish05 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM


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