Sport Capitals considering adding another goaltender

00:55  26 december  2020
00:55  26 december  2020 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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In Washington, Korn will presumably replace Capitals great Olie Kolzig, who was previously promoted to the position last September but came under “We talked about everything and we realized that I had to get back to where my natural instincts led me and we did that as a goaltender - goalie coach

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When Henrik Lundqvist quickly agreed to sign with Washington after being bought out by the Rangers back in October, it looked as if the Capitals had their goaltending tandem in place with the veteran set to work alongside youngster Ilya Samsonov.  However, it was revealed last week that his season is over before it even started due to a heart condition.

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While several skaters of note have waited to sign new contracts, most of the notable goalie activity in free agency came and went as soon as it opened up so most of the viable options are already gone.  Despite that, GM Brian MacLellan indicated to reporters, including J.J. Regan of NBC Sports Washington, that they’re taking a look at who’s still out there:

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News. Capitals sign goaltender Sabourin. by theahl. The Washington Capitals , parent club of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Dany Sabourin to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

We’ll do our due diligence on the guys who are out there. And if we see somebody that fits, that has experience, that’s willing to accept a certain role, we’re open to adding a guy, too. We’re open-minded, but we also like where we’re at.

Veterans Craig Anderson and Jimmy Howard are the most notable remaining unrestricted free agents still on the open market while Cory Schneider technically remains unsigned although he is expected to eventually sign with the Islanders.  Of course, they could look to the trade or waiver market as well; several veterans will eventually find themselves on the waiver wire in order to be assigned to taxi squads which would present several other options for Washington to choose from closer to the start of the season.

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If MacLellan opts to stick with the status quo, the internal options are Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek.  Although Copley was Washington’s backup back in 2018-19, it may be Vanecek’s spot to lose since he served as the backup for them in the bubble after Samsonov was unable to play due to injury.  MacLellan certainly seems to believe that Vanecek is ready for an NHL opportunity:

We’re happy with his progress, we’re happy with his experience. The only thing for us is that he hasn’t played much in the NHL. Had a good showing in the bubble in the chance he got in so I think all along we’ve been hopefully trying to get him some games and he hasn’t gotten them and this should be a good opportunity for him to get some games to see where he’s at.

While Washington will be eligible to place Lundqvist on LTIR, his salary for the upcoming season was just $1.5M which becomes the maximum that they’ll be able to spend to replace him.  They also have Michal Kempny heading for LTIR as well.  If the Capitals are content going with Vanecek and his $717K cap hit, it would free up a little bit more wiggle room for them to try to add another low-priced veteran skater to the fold or give them enough space to at least recall an extra skater when injuries inevitably arise.  While the Caps are looking at options outside the organization, it certainly seems like Samsonov’s backup spot will be Vanecek’s to lose.

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  Henrik Lundqvist will not play this season due to heart condition This is such disappointing news for one of the great players of the last generation. Lundqvist, who will turn 39 in March, sits sixth on the all-time wins list with 459, every one of them recorded with the New York Rangers. That era came to an end when the veteran goaltender signed a one-year, $1.5M contract with the Capitals in October to replace Braden Holtby as the new backup for phenom Ilya Samsonov. Often considered among the greatest players to never win the Stanley Cup, Lundqvist finished at least sixth in Vezina Trophy voting in each of his first 10 seasons, winning the award in 2012 when he posted a .

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