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Kolzig: Caps goalie situation ‘will sort itself out,’ just not sure how

Jan 8, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

Michal Neuvirth #30 is called in to take over from Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals in the first period against the Calgary Flames at the Verizon Center on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Washington has three goalies on its active roster, none of whom have stepped up to grab the No. 1 gig.

As for the man overseeing those goalies? Well, he’s not sure how this story will end.

“I think at some point it will sort itself out,” Caps goalie coach Olaf Kolzig told the Washington Post. “How that happens, I have no idea.”

Washington is currently rolling with Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth which, as most NHL coaches will tell you, isn’t an ideal situation — there are only two nets on the ice and with three goalies… do the math.

What’s more, none have made a solid claim for the job. Grubauer, a rookie, hasn’t been bad by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s lost four of his last five starts. Holtby‘s confidence was shaken after he allowed five goals on 11 shots on Saturday.

Washington isn’t scheduled to play again until Thursday, which gives Capitals coach Adam Oates plenty of time to mull over who he’ll start next.

“What if I go to (Neuvirth)?” Oates said, according to CSN Washington. “Neuvy deserves a start at some point, right?”

The answer, it would seem, is yes. Neuvirth, the club’s highest-paid netminder, has made only had five starts this season and has just seven total appearances, the last coming on Nov. 22 against Montreal. The former second-round pick — who, in 2010-11, posted 27 wins and four shutouts, backstopping the Caps to the second round of the playoffs — recently had his agent float the idea of a trade out of Washington, suggesting Neuvirth isn’t thrilled with the current three-goalie platoon.

As for Kolzig, he still believes Neuvirth can still emerge as a No. 1 once the situation gets sorted.

For Neuvy, I think it’s a matter of when that opportunity presents itself again take advantage of it,” he said.

  1. joey4id - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    This team always seems to be navigating in rough waters. When will it ever settle down?

  2. esracerx46 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    This team has bigger fundamental flaws than their goalie situation. Someone mentioned Jeff Carter being a “chucker”. That’s exactly what Ovechkin is. Sure he’s got a ton of goals, but look at his shooting percentage compared to the guys behind him. They’re a one dimensional, one player team because Oates designed and catered everything through Ovechkin. Caps might be OK in the regular season, but come playoffs its a relatively easy team to predict.

  3. dipthatchip - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    there are indeed bigger issues within the Capitals organization and locker room. Karl Alzner has been the only dependable defenseman for the past three seasons. Any D pairing without him makes my heart palpitate when they’re on the ice. Furthermore, GMGM has grossly overpaid several players that would get little to no return in a trade.

    Fingers crossed, but this team isn’t going deep in the playoffs (if they make it). Without the 8 shootout wins they have, they’d be keeping the basement warm in the East with Buffalo

  4. bccaps - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Seems to me the only options are to trade Neuvirth, which requires another team to agree to, or to return Grubauer back to Hershey since he’s the only one who doesn’t need to clear waivers (as far as I know).
    GMGM should pick one and get it done.

  5. steelerj - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Go with Neuvy for a while.

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