The Washington Capitals are an optimistic bunch considering how last season ended. First there was Brooks Laich extolling the need for a wake-up call like the one the team got last year. Now it’s goaltender Braden Holtby, who told Alex Prewitt from The Washington Post that he’s ‘excited’ for the upcoming season.
“It’s an exciting time right now,” Holtby said. “With the changes we’ve made, the additions we made with our staff and players, it’s exciting. I think all of us returning – I can’t speak for everyone else – but for myself it’s pretty easy to find the extra motivation to train and stuff, because of the excitement to get back on the ice with the group we have and the potential we have as a group already.”
Not only is Braden Holtby slated to be the bona fide starter for the Capitals this season, but he’ll do so under the tutelage of Mitch Korn, who came to Washington with new head coach Barry Trotz. Korn is considered one of the premier goaltender coaches in the league, and that isn’t lost on Holtby.
“I knew the name and John [Stevenson, Holtby's coach from junior hockey] really respected him a lot,” Holtby said. “I was pretty excited he’s coming here.”
If you couldn’t tell by now, Holtby is pretty excited for the upcoming NHL season. We’ll see if he can carry that enthusiasm, and the Capitals, back to the Eastern Conference playoffs.