Braden Holtby signed a two-year, $8.6 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. It has an average annual value of $4.3 million.
The 31-year-old goalie was 25-14-6 with a 3.11 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in 48 games (47 starts) for the Washington Capitals last season. He was 2-6 with a 2.49 GAA and .906 save percentage in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“We are pleased to add Braden, an experienced and established goaltender, to our roster,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “Braden is a Stanley Cup champion, brings leadership and has demonstrated the ability to rise to the occasion in big games. He will be an important part of our team.”
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Selected by Washington in the fourth round (No. 93) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Holtby is 282-122-46 with a 2.53 GAA, .916 save percentage and 35 shutouts in 468 games (458 starts) during 10 seasons with Washington.
Holtby is second on the Capitals all-time wins list behind Olaf Kolzig (301) and tied for first in shutouts with Kolzig.
Holtby went 16-7 with a 2.16 GAA, .922 save percentage and two shutouts in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help Washington win the Stanley Cup in 2018; he is 50-47 with a 2.13 GAA, .926 save percentage and seven shutouts in 97 playoff games.
A two-time Vezina Trophy finalist, Holtby won the award in 2015-16 when he went 48-9-7, tying the NHL record for wins in one season, with a 2.20 GAA, .922 save percentage and three shutouts in 66 games. He made the NHL First All-Star team that season and made the Second All-Star Team in 2016-17 when he also won the Jennings Trophy (fewest goals allowed).