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Capitals re-sign goaltender Braden Holtby, defenceman John Erskine to 2-year deals

Monday, 02.25.2013 / 12:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Braden Holtby and defenceman John Erskine to two-year deals.

The Capitals announced Monday that the 23-year-old Holtby will earn $3.7 million — $1.7 million next season and $2 million in 2014-15. He was set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

The 32-year-old Erskine's deal is worth $3.925 million — $1.925 million next season and $2 million in 2014-15. He would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Holtby is 5-6-0 this season with a 3.37 goals-against average, an .896 save percentage and one shutout. He has started Washington's last six games, going 4-2-0.

Erskine has one goal and one assist this season and ranks fourth on the team in hits and is tied for third in blocked shots.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round