Washington Capitals to begin talks for the extension with franchise icons Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby early in September. Capitals GM Brian MacLennan said to NHL.com that talks would begin once he returns to Washington. He added that discussions will go on and the two will get their rightful share.
Both players will be entering their final contract season after which they will become unrestricted free agents. Backstrom, 31 years old, joined Capitals in 2010. He signed a $67 million deal for a maximum length of ten years. Holtby joined in 2015 and inked a five-year contract worth $30.5 million.
Holtby and Backstrom have spent their entire career in Washington. They have played a significant role in the most successful era of Capitals. In just five years, they have won the franchises four division titles, two President Trophies and a Stanley Cup.
The Swedish pivot was drafted No.4 overall pick in 2006 draft. In his 12 year’s career, Backstrom played alongside Alex Ovechkin’s like a sidekick. He has been invisible in his entire career. However, he has recorded 873 points in 895 regular-season games and 106 points in 123 playoffs games.
On the other hand, Holtby has been successful in his career. He started as a goaltender in the 2014-15 season in Washington. He went ahead and recorded a 197-77-33 and with a .918 saving percentage. His success didn’t go unnoticed, he was awarded the Vezina Trophy in 2016 and got two nominations to the All-Star.