Holtby Recalled to Back Up Varlamov

Posted by Dave Nichols | Friday, October 16, 2009 | , , , , , | 1 comments »

The Caps recalled goalie Braden Holtby from South Carolina of the East Coast League to back up Semyon Varlamov tomorrow night.  Holtby started the season at AHL Hershey, but was assigned to ECHL's Stingrays on Oct. 13 when Michal Neuvirth was pronounced fit to play. 

Snce Neuvirth has yet to appear in a game since his activation, Holtby got the call to make his NHL debut tomorrow when Nashville comes calling.

Here's Holtby's bio from capitals.nhl.com:
The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played 61 games for Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League last year and posted a 40-16-4 record, a 2.62 GAA and a .910 save percentage. His 40 wins ranked second in the league while his six shutouts tied for third. He was named the WHL’s Eastern Conference Goaltender of the Year and was a finalist for the WHL Goaltender of the Year. Holtby joined Hershey at the end of the Blades’ season and was a backup for one game in the Bears’ Calder Cup run.
Jose Theodore did not practice today with lingering back spasms, so Brett "Stretch" Leonhardt, web producer, NHL.com personality, and bon vivant, strapped on the pads during practice this morning.

Theodore is listed as day-to-day after being removed from Thursday's 4-1 victory over San Jose.

To make room for Holtby under the salary cap, Tomas Fleischmann was put on the Long Term Injured List, meaning he will have to miss a total of at least 10 games before beign reactivated.  "Flash" has already missed seven games rehabbing from the blodd clot in his leg and was expected to miss at least three more.


  1. Mike // October 17, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

    Cool for Holtby although a part of me (the part that wants to see Varly succeed) hopes Holtby spends 60 minutes on the bench.

    There are plenty of good things in Holtby's future. No need to rush them.