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NHL Rumors: Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, and the 2021 NHL Winter Classic

Sportsnet: The Washington Capitals won’t be signing pending free agent goaltender Braden Holtby to a contract extension in-season.

“The Capitals and Holtby’s agent, David Kaye, have decided that they will not talk contract during the season,” said Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. “They will wait until after the year. The focus will be on trying to win the Stanley Cup.”

That doesn’t mean that they aren’t considering locking him before free agency opens.

“I’ve been told ‘don’t panic necessarily,’ Capitals fans, about that,” Friedman continued.