Holtby requests $8 mil in arbitration
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Spread) - Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is requesting an $8 million salary in arbitration according to Tim Wharnsby.
Wharnsby tweets that the Capitals have countered with a $5.1 million offer, so the two sides could meet in the middle and agree around $6.5 million. Holtby had a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 73 games last season for Washington.
For what it's worth, CSN Washington reports that Holtby's agent, Lewis Gross, doesn't believe a potential arbitration hearing between the Capitals and his client will be problematic.
"The team is usually trying to find the negatives and the player is trying to find the positives," Gross said. "But at the end of the day, the team wants the player to perform and they want him back. If they didn't want the player back they wouldn't have even qualified him with a contract offer."
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Capitals are currently 18/1 to win the 2016 Stanley Cup.