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Braden Holtby is on “Team Brouwer” on Caps’ in-house labor flap

Nov 25, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

Braden Holtby

When you’re an NHL player tucked away in the AHL during the lockout, it can be tough to keep up with the goings on with your locked out teammates. That isn’t the case for Capitals goalie Braden Holtby who has seen his teammates get in their own war of words thanks to the work stoppage.

Both Roman Hamrlik and Michal Neuvirth fired verbal shots at Donald Fehr over negotiations and were refuted by Troy Brouwer saying they were “selling out” the players’ cause.

Where does Holtby, who’s currently playing with the Caps farm team in Hershey, fall in this battle? You could say he’s on Team Brouwer as he shared with PHT on  Saturday night.

“Everyone’s really entitled to their own opinion. I don’t blame anyone for what they said,” Holtby said. “It’s a good thing Brouwer is more involved with the whole situation. It’s good to hear him speak up and back the union because that’s what we need right now.”

While he backs up Brouwer, he agrees with Donald Fehr when it comes to guys speaking their mind.

“I wouldn’t blame it on anyone [to speak their mind], but it’s very good to see that the guys that are actually doing something in the meetings are sticking up for the rights of the players and that’s what Troy did.”

Whether or not this whole thing will have adverse consequences when the lockout is something that will bear watching. After all, Hamrlik is one of their top six defensemen and Neuvirth will be competing with Holtby for the starting job in Washington.

If nothing else, training camp in Washington, whenever it happens, has turned into must-see TV.

  1. mydadyourmom - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    What does his mom think?

  2. id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Must see TV for sure, Joe. Oates will have his hands full. He better plan his scrimmages very carefully otherwise things can get ugly face. He has to make sure he doesn’t put players at odds with each other on opposite teams. I mean scuffles between teammates happen regularly in the day to day operation of the team. This conflict is just making things more difficult for everyone. The players have to know Leonis is one of the owners holding out because he’s bleeding money. One has to wonder what it will talk to repair the damage between Caps players and Leonis.

    • ron05342 - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Maybe NHL Network can make a show about the Capitals.

      This time, it may even be entertaining.

      • id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        LOL! Good one, Ron.

  3. acieu - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Another cool aid drinker

    • blomfeld - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      are you saying that Fehr = Jim Jones ?

  4. blomfeld - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM


    Must See TV no doubt ! And as if that isn’t enough, to top it all off you have Captain “me stay in KHL” Ovechkin, who’s essentially hockey’s equivalent of the “derelict” Italian cruise ship captain. With the Capitals now starting to turn on each other like cornered rats, it’s unfortunate that their captain can’t be around to counsel calm and order. No, he had to “selfishly” bolt at the first sign of trouble, a long time ago. I actually do empathize with this team, as the Capitals are a quality franchise with quality fans. Whenever play does resume again, hopefully Oates and crew will teach this “deserter” Ovechkin a good lesson by stripping him of his captaincy. Though it would be even better if he simply stayed away permanently, thus freeing the Capitals from his hideous contract and allowing them to move in an entirely new and fresh direction !

    • id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      blomfeld, for the betterment of the Caps, I agree that they should strip him of the C. However, and if you don’t mind, I’ll play GM for a minute, I would orchestrate a “we love, support and want you Ovi” campaign. You know what I mean. “We believe in Ovi, and his ability to lead the team to a Stanley Cup Championship. We understand his frustrations, and we’ve discussed his quotes and both parties are ready to move past this to win games.” The intent is to maintain whatever market value has left. Removing the C would certainly reduce his market value.
      Now hopefully his hands won’t turn to cement and he’ll be burying a few from the get go. Either way, then I would ask my favorite reporter to spread a rumor that Ovi is on the trading block, but totally deny it when the news went public. Then my phone would be ringing off the hook, and we’d be wheeling and dealing.
      My favorite reporter would have no issues with this strategy. Why? Because I would have promised him the next BIG trade scoop would be his, which of course will be the Ovi trade.

      • blomfeld - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Joey … that’s an absolutely “fiendish yet brilliant” plan ! … hopefully our Capital friends are taking note, eh ? :)

        ps: seriously man, are you sure you’re not really Scotty Bowman or something ?

      • id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        LOL! Am I really Joey? If not, who am I? LOL! I have a few more of these in my GM’s bag of tricks, and I have a coach’s bag of tricks too, as well as one for a scout. Hopefully we’ll have a season so I can use them.

    • mmcneels81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Maybe you should keep away from commenting about teams you know nothing about. Analyze the Kings as much as you like, but as far as the Caps? You’re clueless. You’re overreacting to a few words said by a very small number of Capitals. Two guys speaking their minds in no way implies “the Capitals… turning on each other like cornered rats.” (Look I know how to use quotations properly!) These are grown men, not a bunch of school girls. They’ll handle it like men in the locker room. Nothing has been said that can’t be taken care of with a single civilized conversation. “Neuvy, why’d you say that?” “Because I was frustrated and just wanted to play hockey.” “Yeah, well me too.” “Okay cool.” End of problem.

      • id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        mmcneels81, with all due respect, your comment “These are grown men, not a bunch of school girls” is discriminating and offensive towards females insinuating they are unable to resolve conflicts between themselves. Don’t know if you’ve been around professional athletes much, and I don’t mean at the mail, but you will quickly realize that as in other professions, not everyone has the brains to resolve conflicts. Hockey players are no exception to the rule. They are not always the sharpest individuals. The mere fact that they are coming out publicly and criticizing the union head and each other demonstrates poor judgment and lack of restraint. Don’t know why it pushed one of your buttons, but, the same would have been said about any team who would have had its players go at it in the press. If all players were as smart as you think the Caps players are, then they would hush up and go at it face to face. Have you ever heard players sleeping with other player’s wives? Not the smartest thing to do. Right? But, it happens. How about players who sleep with the baby sitter? Does Mike Danton ring a bell? No. Imprisoned for conspiracy to commit murder. Hockey player? You bet. So, spare us the bs about how these guys are grown men. Not all of them are, as not all of them are classless. How about Bolland using tweeter like a 12 year old?


      • mmcneels81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        are you a school girl, joey? Well sorry to offend you, miss, but I am indeed implying that school girls are pretty much incapable of resolving even the most inane conflict without drama. If that kind of talk is too much for you then it’s a damn good thing you’re not in the locker room. Sounds like somebody needs a thicker skin.

      • mmcneels81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:04 PM

        For the record: joey apparently doesn’t think hockey players are grown men.

      • blomfeld - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM

        Mmcneels – in the “real” world, a goof like you would be “face down” in the pavement with grievous head wounds right about now … so such is your luck that our exchanges here at PHT are only of an “electronic” bouquet … regardless, kindly take your worthless commentary and go “F” yourself together with your boyfriends Mudslinger, Mgp1219, Tatdue and Windmiller …

      • windmiller4 - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:07 AM

        Blomfeld youre the toughest guy here behind a keyboard…

      • mmcneels81 - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        You’re the one resorting to threats of violence and physical harm there, blomguy. Shame on you.

      • valoisvipers - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        @mmcneels81 I suggest you reread Blomfeld’s post. In no way did he threaten you are any one else for that matter. He stated that in the real world that how one would find jerks like you and others like you.

  5. jimw81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    has Holtby attended one meeting or conference call?

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