Washington Capitals Re-sign Braden Holtby

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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- In a surprising move of sorts, the Washington Capitals have re-signed goalie Braden Holtby. The 23-year-old officially inked a two-year, $3.7 million contract extension.

Although Holtby has been one of the strongest Capitals players in 2013, the team still boasts 6-10-1 record, good for 14th place in the Eastern Conference. But Holtby has been in the net for seven straight games and the Caps have picked up their intensity as of late.

"It's obviously nice to have that support. It's the business side. My job is the hockey side of it," said the soft spoken Holtby Monday at Kettler Iceplex.

The other big news coming from the Capitals today is tomorrow's return of Alex Semin, a long-time Washing forward. Semin had a rocky relationship with the organization and the fan base, in large part because of his inconsistent play.

Capitals head coach Adam Oates had some insightful knowledge on Semin's return to the Verizon Center, and how it may be an emotional experience. Oates switched teams six different times in his NHL career.

"The first time for me it was really difficult. Especially when you have some good success there. A lot of feelings and friends. The first time you get traded is very tough. The sixth time was a little easier" joked Oates to laughing reporters.

He continued: "My first time was back in Detroit. I was nervous the whole day, through warmups...it's impossible to block out. You've got to be a cold person to block that out."

The Caps will host Semin and his Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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